Grey accent chair and palm with floor lamp and brass lampshade on Thou Swell(via Thou Swell – Convertible Guest Room Design Reveal)

When I shared this London flat by Ben Pentreath last year, I made a note to look around for patterned lampshades in the market, because it’s a detail that brings so much personality to Pentreath’s work, and he uses them in a really fresh, fun way. They’re a pretty distinctively traditional English touch, especially with a floral, pleated fabric, but the way in which designers like Pentreath and Australian interior and textile designer Anna Spiro use the lampshades can bring a really special touch to the room that can wield a large impact.

The next generation of designers, like Luke Edward Hall (who worked for Pentreath before branching off on his own), are bringing their own twist to patterned lampshades with less traditional patterns, but just as much impact as the more classic styles. Metal lampshades, which I struggled to find just two years ago, are now quite popular, like the one I used above in this guest room. I’ve rounded up some fabulous rooms featuring both colorful and patterned lampshades… just imagine these rooms with plain white shades and you’ll get a sense of the power of this great detail!


Eclectic dining room with green chairs and Saarinen tulip table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell – Color & Pattern at Play in London)

Pale pink bedroom with tufted headboard and blue lamp with pattern lampshade on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via House & Garden)

Green living room with gold mirror and tripod floor lamp with pattern lampshade on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Style Beat)

Carole Radziwill's pink and grey bedroom in New York City on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Thou Swell – Carolyn Radziwill’s New York Sanctuary)

Blue and white banquette dining with gallery wall and sconce light on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Green bedroom with pleated pattern lampshade on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Anna Spiro on Instagram)

Grand grey living room with pink sofa and grey lampshade on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Jean Marc Palisse)

Pink bedroom with matching lampshade and patterned headboard on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via The Neo-Trad)

Colorful living room with teal patterned lampshades and yellow sofa on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ben Pentreath)


Do you have a lamp that could use a colorful or patterned lampshade in your home?

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  1. I like lampshades that match the walls! 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 11.17.17 Reply

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