Pick a shade, but not just any shade

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How do you choose the perfect lampshade? At Premier Lampshades we know that choosing the right hue for your room is tricky. Too much colour is overwhelming. Too little and it’s not noticed. So read here how the right colours enhance your lighting AND your décor…

 

At Premier Lampshades, we’ve over 30 years of creating beautiful designs and combining different  colours in new and exciting ways to complement your home, your business or your client’s project.

 

But we’re not just about exquisite choice. We’re also here to help advise and guide you so you select the perfect lampshade.

 

Not all colours are created equal.

Read which lampshade colours thrive by themselves and which are brilliant accents to bring a whole room together. Discover which colours are the ideal blank canvas, so vibrant brights, contrast colours and stronger patterns steal the show.

 

See which hue is right for you…

 

Which side of black are you?

Dark and gloomy vs strong, sophisticated and glamourous. As a neutral: black goes with any colour. Artists know our eyes are attracted to the greatest contrasts. So a black lampshade works best as a dramatic blank canvas for other colours to contrast and pop.

 

A monochrome room with a black lampshade creates drama. Have fun creating different depths of black, especially when mixing up different fabrics.

 

Which blue hue are you?

From jeans and suits to the sky and sea, blue is the world’s most common and most popular colour.

A blue lampshade in rich dark navy or indigo has a regal air. An azure or turquoise blue lampshade evokes the warmth of exotic climates. Soothing cool blues calm the mind and bring inner peace, so they’re ideal in spas and spiritual retreats. In hospitals they’ve even been known to lower blood pressure and heart rates.

 

Brown is all about taste.

Warmer than black, browns lampshades are oddly cosy and satisfying… chocolates, cappuccinos, tawnies, toffees and spice and let other colours stand out.

 

Cream is the most versatile neutral.

Its buttery-yellow undertone looks great by itself, or as a backdrop to strong colours and patterns.

 

A cream lampshade also brings forward more muted tones. Pair with crisp white so your room feels spacious not stark. Magnolia is the No.1 wall colour as it reflects in natural light to create a calm and cosy ambience.

 

Floral lampshades bring your garden’s beauty into your home.

Fun or fanciful, serious or mature, traditional or abstract. Floral lampshades cleverly combine otherwise unconsidered colours – even bold colour blasts – into an overall theme.

 

The secret is knowing which colour and floral pattern gives your room a final flourish. Carefully balance them so they’re not too feminine or gaudy, overpowering or over-fussy.

 

For less feminine florals, choose more muted or earthy tones – or gender-neutral vines, leaves and botanical stems.

 

Go for a gold lampshade.

Luxuriously rich, gold is perfect for traditional, classical, Mediterranean or even Moroccan style homes.

 

A gold lampshade works with almost every colour. It creates warmth with muted hues, plus a stunning contemporary look when contrasted with black or mixed with white.

 

It especially enhances the royal colours: blues are more regal, purples have more glamour and reds have a richer regency appeal. But too much is ostentatious, gaudy and glitzy, so accent with gold instead.

 

Green is the colour of life, growth and strength.

A softer green lampshade exudes serene tranquillity – creating a calm oasis where you can escape the strains of the day and utterly unwind.

 

A royal colour – rich, deep emerald shades conjure up lavishness and a hint of intrigue. Have it as a single colour, an accent colour or just layer shades of green.

 

Orange shows passion, vitality and fiery brightness.

Many avoid orange in interior designs. Too much and it looks like a fruit commercial. But a few orange accent splashes creates a zesty design theme to any space.

 

A bold orange lampshade shows passion. Lighter orange hues soften the mood.

 

Reach for the peach

Like the softest sunsets, a peach lampshade brings soothing warmth, calmness and tranquillity.

Pair with natural wood or blue hues to transform a city centre flat into a seaside cottage.

 

Peach ranges from soft pastel to salmon, rich coral and earthy terracotta and can border on fiery reds and oranges. Too much looks sickly sweet, but accent it to neutral earth tones and peach pops.

 

Grey is now a key part of contemporary interiors.

Halfway between black and white, this neutral goes with everything. Strong, sophisticated and serene, it’s the perfect calming counterbalance to brighter and bolder colours.  It also works with lighter greens, pinks, creams, whites and natural wood accents for a less-is-more look.

 

Why just one? Layer shades of grey to create smart, crisp tonal effects.

 

Pretty in pink

Warm and feminine it represents love. But avoid the princess bedroom stereotyping and see how pops of colour can lighten up moods and spaces.

 

Lighter pink lampshades balance bolder darker colours. Mix magenta and fuchsia with white, cream, or even silver or gold for subtle sophistication.

 

The colour purple

A strong royal colour, purple represents luxury, opulence, elegance, plus wisdom and spirituality so a purple lampshade is ideal for spaces of introspection, contemplation and meditation. But too much becomes gloomy, so use sparingly.

 

Red is visually alluring, daring and dramatic

Red suits modern and traditional settings. A royal colour, it teemed with cream stripes in the Regency period.

 

A red lampshade is exciting and fun – paint the town red; romantic and passionate; plus angry and aggressive – seeing red. Contrast sharply with black or white, but avoid pink and overpowering other colours. Create a cosy glow with red lampshades.

 

Why crisp, classic white is right.

White reflects natural light, so rooms appear more spacious. A minimalist favourite, a white lampshade blends with softer tones to create lightness and tranquillity. It creates drama with deep, vibrant greens, reds, blues and blacks. Avoid too much white so it’s not a cold, stark void.