Design 411 – Tip of the Week: Give a Lamp Shade a Face lift

June 17, 2014

This weeks Design 411 tip of the week  is about adding fabric to a lamp shade to bring it to life!  Fabric shades can be used for table lamps, floor lamps or pendant lighting.  Almost any lamp can get a revamp and add some color and pattern to your décor by simply adding some fabric to the shade.  If you like the base of your lamp, but you’re not crazy about the shade, you can give it a face lift by using almost any fabric you like to spruce it up.  Use something that coordinates with your pillows, drapery or other accent décor items in your room.  It can be a small overall print or a solid fabric.

lamp shade 2

You can also buy a shade and an adapter kit and make your own hanging fixture for over a table or counter.

  • Use some fabric glue or heavy duty spray glue to cover the outside of a lamp shade with fabric.  Use a simple row of grosgrain ribbon or trim along the top and bottom of the lamp shade to cover the cut edges of the fabric.


  • Line the inside of a lamp shade with a piece of fabric or wall paper.

lamp shade with trim Lori Weitzner

  • Add a strip of trim with beads along the edge of the shade at the bottom for interest.

Fabric is a fun and easy way to add color to your lighting decor.  Have fun with this tip  and share your finished projects with us at Decor Revolution.  We want to see what you come up with!

Look for more Design 411 DIY tips next week.

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