How to Use Lampshades to Accent Your Living Room

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How to Use Lampshades to Accent Your Living Room

Staff Writer · Aug 5, 2010

Lampshades can help with decorating, and accent your living room. Whether you have floor lamps or table lamps, take advantage of using lampshades liven up your interior decorating plans. They offer many opportunities to use your creativity, and it’s an inexpensive way to add flare to your apartment. Here’s how:

Cover Lampshades with Fabric

This is an age-old decorating idea that creates interesting lighting in the living room. The outcome depends on the color and texture of the fabric you use, and the patterns (if any) on the fabric itself. Make sure the lampshade is not too close to the bulb, to reduce the risk of starting a fire. Also, keep in mind that the light won’t be on during the daytime, and so the fabric you use on the lampshade will be the center of attention. For example, don’t just throw a red bandanna on to get a red light effect, because it won’t look great when the lamp isn’t turned on. Select fabric that will match the couch or other furniture in your living room. Use a colored bulb to give the right light colors you want if your fabric won’t do the trick.

Use Large Lampshades

Add personality to your living room by using large lampshades when possible, especially if you want a contemporary living room decor. Your lamps will act as artwork when the lampshades are unique and stand out. Placement of the larger lampshades is key as well. You want balance in the room, so keep this in mind when determining where to put them. Choose the right colors as well, since the lampshades are larger and will draw all eyes to it. The wrong colors will make it an eyesore that no one can miss.

Wallpaper

Other uses of wallpaper, include decorating your lampshades. This is an easy way to match your lampshades to your walls. If you’re giving your living room a total makeover, including putting up new wall paper, save some to decorate your lampshades. Otherwise, it may be hard to find the right wall paper to match, because it was there when you moved in. Ask your landlord if they have any left over, or where they bought the wallpaper from. If you have plain walls, then choose wallpaper that will work well in the living room, matching the theme you’ve selected.

Stenciling

If you’re the artistic type, or want a family fun project, consider stenciling your lampshades. This will add a personal touch to the room that your family will enjoy. Your living room should reflect you and your family, and stenciling provides that opportunity. You can even pass on the lampshades from one generation to the next. For example, if your child stencils a sentence or their name on it, that lampshade will be precious to future children as well.

Spruce up your lamps and living room by using one or more of these lampshade ideas. Check online and local stores for great deals on lampshades, but don’t forget to check your local yard sales and thrift stores.

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