What Fabrics Are Lampshades Typically Made Of?

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Silk is the most traditional fabric choice for lampshades, but other fabrics, including linen and leather, also are popular choices. Each type of fabric gives the lampshade a different aesthetic.

Natural Fabrics

  • Silk is formal, linen more casual and leather has a masculine feel when made into lampshades. Silk and linen are the most common lampshade fabrics, but leather has gained appeal, especially on modern-styled lamps.

Synthetic Fabrics

  • There are synthetic fabrics available that mimic the look of popular natural fabrics. Synthetic fabrics will last longer and are less prone to fading and disintegration than natural fabrics.

Considerations

  • Although white and cream are the most popular colors of lampshades, you also can choose a fabric to coordinate with the color scheme of your room.

Tip

  • Always check to see what your lampshade fabric looks like when light is shining through it to make sure it coordinates with your decor. For example, a deep, rich red can become an undesirable orange when the lamp is turned on.

Misconceptions

  • Lampshades are not always made out of fabric. Metal lampshades, a very modern choice, and paper lampshades, an inexpensive choice, also are available to purchase.

References

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