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How To Use Trim To Dress Up A Plain Lamp Shade

Oct 13

Lamps are one of my favorite things. They offer such a lovely mood to any room with their soft, pleasant glow. Lamps are more than just light sources; they are also fashion statements. Dressing up a simple lamp shade with beaded trims or other embellishments is one way to add pizazz to a light. I'd like to show you one I did recently for our blue and white winter master bedroom.

I enjoy the ritual of turning on the lamps when the sun sets. It's the end of the day, and it's time to unwind and unwind. Turning on the lamps and lighting candles as you walk from our front door through the living room and into our master bedroom is a relaxing way to unwind, and I even think it's a stress reducer.

A lamp is an important interior design component that is both functional and attractive. The shape of a lamp, its substance (metal, glass, wood), its style, and its size all add to the beauty that lamps bring to a room. The lamp shade can contribute to or detract from the overall "fit" in a room, just as the lamp body does. Lamp shades that are too big, too small, or the improper shape are all possibilities. They can also be uninteresting.

It's simple to add embellishments, or a garnish, to your lamp shade once you've found the proper size and form for your lamp. It's simple to add color, pattern, texture, and interest to a plain lamp shade using trim. Here's how to do it using only a few materials.

In the past, I've used fabric and trim to cover lamp shades, such as this accent lamp in our living room. I owned this brass lamp for a long time before painting it with a chalky grey paint. After a few years, I found the right fabric and trim to go with the grey. The lamp now has a much more intriguing appearance. The fabric filled in the gaps in terms of pattern and design.

This lamp shade was previously used on a DIY lamp I created for our bookshelves a few years ago. The instructions for how I reinvented a lamp with fabric and paint can be found at the bottom of this post.

This pair of sconces was in our former home's master bedroom. I chose to put them in our huge guest room when we relocated. I had some leftover fabric from the Euro pillows I made. I used lamp shades with an adhesive and a paper template for your cloth for the lamp shades. I adored the lamp shades, which Joann had in a variety of sizes and styles. Unfortunately, these are no longer available. I've been seeking for another resource but haven't come across anything useful. Please let me know if you know of one.

How To Decorate A Lamp Shade With Trim

I chose to add trim to a lamp shade that we already had in our bedroom for our blue and white winter master bedroom.

This is the lamp base that I used with the fabric-covered lamp I showed you before. This lamp had been on our reading table, but I wanted to transfer it on our console table. But I knew it needed something more. Trim was the solution.

To begin, you'll need a lamp shade that complements the size and shape of the lamp base. You'll also need a shade to hide your lamp's "pole" and switches. A simple round shade works well for this lamp. This lamp base, by the way, was a garage sale find that I painted white and grey. I purchased two. For my elder granddaughter's room, I painted the other one and covered the shade with fabric and trim. It's adorable, but I don't have a picture of it.

What You'll Need To Decorate A Lamp Shade

Scissors adhesive clips, for holding trim, optional rounded cord, flat braid, and fringed tassels.

Obviously, the color/pattern of your trim should match the rest of your room's dcor. At Joann, I was able to find both cord and fringe in the exact blue and white for our bedroom.

How Do You Know How Much Trim You'll Need?

Let's go back to math class in junior high. You'll need the lamp shade's circumference plus around 2 inches. To calculate the circumference, you'll need to know the top and bottom diameters of the lamp shade. The top and bottom of my lamp shake measured 7 1/2 inches and 8 1/2 inches, respectively.

Remember Pi? Multiply the diameter by Pi. The number is 3.14. I calculated 7.5 X 3.14 = 23.55 inches for the top of the shade, which is nearly 2/3 of a yard. I purchased a 26-inch television. I multiplied 8.5 X 3.14 = 26.69 for the bottom of the shade. I went ahead and purchased one yard.

The string trim cost $7.99 a yard, while the tassel trim cost $12.99. The string trim was $2.13, and the tassel trim was $5.20, thanks to 40% off coupons.

Trims can be stunning pieces of art. I've seen trimmings costing $20 to $50 a yard; it all depends on the quality and complexity of the design, as well as where you buy them. To make a decision, you must rely on your judgment and your budget.

Let's talk about adhesive. Fabric adhesive is the greatest choice I've discovered. I knew I had fabric glue at home when I left Joann's. I, on the other hand, did not. I was so drained. I utilized my hot glue gun instead of going back to the store since I needed to finish the post on our blue and white winter bedroom. It does the job, but fabric glue is a far better option.

Always double-check your supplies before leaving the house! If you're unsure, purchase what you require.

So, let's pretend we're making a lamp shade out of fabric adhesive.

I always start at the top of the shade so it can rest on the counter. Begin at the seam at the rear of the lamp shade. I've discovered that applying small quantities of adhesive to the interior of the lamp shade with your finger or a small sponge brush works best. Apply the glue to the shade in small parts; the less you use, the better. Then, using your fingers, press the trim into the shade. Slowly turning the shade, adding a little fabric adhesive if needed, and pressing the trim to the shade. Cut off the excess with an extra inch when you're almost to the shade. With the edges pointing down, glue the end of the trim to the beginning of the trim. The intersection of the two ends will be hidden by the shade.

TIP: If you believe it's necessary, add small clips (as shown above) to secure the trim to the shade.

Check the trim around the shade's rim to make sure it's even and glued down. Add a drop or two of glue to the top outside of the shade and press the trim down to it if necessary.

Allow at least 15 minutes for the glue to cure before using the trim.

Because flat braid is attached to the outside of the shade, it is even easier to apply.

Once the top trim is dry, you may begin attaching the fringe tassel to the shade's bottom. You can connect the trim to the inside or outside of the shade, depending on how it's finished. This trim had a lovely design and was intended to be visible on the shade's outside.

Begin at the seam at the back of the shade once more. Apply the adhesive in small areas to the shade and press down on the tassel trim, aligning it evenly with the shade's bottom. Continue around the shade, cutting off any excess to meet the tassel trim on the other end. Allow time for drying.

Attach the shade to your decor once the tassel trim is dry.

A lamp shade with embellishments is far more appealing than one with no embellishments. Even while I adore lamp shades with trim, I don't believe you should go overboard. Unless you have a matching pair, I believe one is sufficient in a room. You want your lamp shade to be unique and stand out from the crowd.