Floor lamps are becoming popular these days in accentuating a particular area or item in a room. It is thus considered to be more of a decorative light fixture than a functional light fixture. There are many different types of floor lamps. Some do not require lamp shades while others require lamp shades. For those that require lamp shades, here are a few tips to help in choosing the best shade for your floor lamp.
Check the Base of the Floor Lamp
Every floor lamp will have a different shape for its base. Choosing a good lamp shade involves taking the shape of the base of the lampshade into consideration. The shape of the lampshade you buy should thus compliment the base of the lampshade to create a harmonious looking floor lamp shades.
Check the Colors in Your Room
Of course the floor lamp is situated in a certain room that has some furniture and other fixtures. These colors should be kept in mind when shopping for a floor lamp shade. The colors should thus be similar to the ones in the room or compliment them.
Determine the Purpose of the Lampshade
You can get a lampshade either for function or for ambiance. Lampshades that are chosen for ambiance can have different depths for diffusing light. If you wish to have a warm and welcoming ambiance, the lampshade should be of a darker tone while if more light is needed, a lighter shade should be considered. If however you choose to use the lampshade for a function, like highlighting a certain aspect or object in a room, you may consider a lampshade that allows light to stream in only in one direction that is towards that particular object or aspect of a room.
Choose a Lampshade That Can Make a Statement
You may wish to make a fashion statement with your floor lamp shade. Thus, you may consider buying one that has colors that are similar to your furniture, area rugs, wallpaper, throws or any other items you may have in your room. You may also get floor lampshades that come in prints or patterns that compliment the look of the whole room.
Considerations with Floor Lamp Shades
Be sure that the height of the lampshade is neither too high such that the light bulb becomes visible to everyone, nor too low such that you would have to stretch your hand too much to switch the light bulb on.