One small but impactful trend I’ve been noticing is the return of cute pleated lampshades. I’ve always loved them and am so happy to see them make a return – as we move away from all white and gray interiors there’s room for layering and nothing says layered like a pleated lampshade!
Now – I know that many will question a pleated lampshade in a kitchen and it’s not for everyone. But this is such a sweet look over the island! I wouldn’t do it if there was a cooktop in the island of course. Regular cleaning is a must – so again – not for everyone! At the end of the post is a link to an article on techniques for cleaning pleated lampshades.
Of course – The Holiday movie cottage is a classic for the pleated lampshade on the right side of the bed.
I think pleated lampshades just make an interesting lamp sing.
So this could be considered an AI fail what with the wildly overscale pleated lampshade – but I don’t know. It’s kind of fun, no? I guess if only used on one side of the bed. Both sides would be too much.
Pro Tips for selecting the right pleated lampshades:
- Proportions with Pleats: Consider how the pleats affect the overall size and shape of the lampshade. Pleats can add volume, so be mindful of the balance between the pleats and the lamp base. If the lamp has intricate details, choose a pleated shade that complements rather than overwhelms.
- Height Matters: Pay attention to the height of the pleated lampshade. Ensure that it covers the bulb and socket but doesn’t extend beyond the top of the lamp base. The pleats can create an elegant visual effect, so finding the right height is crucial for maintaining a harmonious look.
- Pleat Style: Pleated lampshades come in various styles, such as box pleats, knife pleats, or accordion pleats. The style of pleating can impact the overall aesthetic. For a classic and timeless look, consider traditional box pleats. Experiment with different styles to find what complements your lamp and decor.
- Light Diffusion: Think about the purpose of the lamp. If it’s for ambient lighting, a pleated lampshade can create a beautiful diffusion of light. However, if the lamp is primarily for task lighting, ensure that the pleats don’t obstruct the light too much. Test the shade with the lamp turned on to see how it diffuses the light in your space.
- Material and Color: The material of the pleated lampshade can affect its appearance. Silk or fabric pleated shades add a touch of luxury, while paper or linen may offer a more casual feel. Additionally, consider the color of the pleats and how it complements the overall color scheme of the room. Pleats can create interesting shadows, so choose a color that enhances the desired ambiance.
How to Clean Lampshades in Less than 10 Minutes from Architectural Digest
A now a little boutique of cute pleated lampshades. (This boutique includes affiliate link. A small commission is paid when purchasing via these links at no additional cost to the buyer. This goes to help support this blog. Thank you!):