One can find great joy and delight in the unexpected, like the discovery of small-scale detail on a bespoke shade. Beyond soft furnishings and upholstery, lampshades offer a distinctive creative challenge—a smaller canvas—yet with great potential to impart color, pattern and texture in your design.
We’ve tapped a trimming expert from our NYC showroom for helpful shade suggestions on how to customize a lampshade using trim. A member of the Samuel & Sons family for nearly 30 years, Janice Alguram is adept at recognizing trimmings for any application and happily shared a handful of recommendations that are certain to inspire your one-of-a-kind designs.
Janice offered several unique combinations, some delicate, others bold, pairing complementary trimmings on top and bottom or together for a layered look.
Pairings for a subtle, sophisticated metallic shade include a favorite–the new Cabaret Pleated Metallic Gimp from Lori Weitzner’s new Encore collection. Her suggestion for each of the pairings below is to use Cabaret along the bottom edge of a shade and the gimp or braids along the top edge.
For designs comprised of natural fibers and a drier hand, Janice achieves casual elegance in combinations of linen, cotton and jute.
Every shade presents an opportunity for trim, be it a border, gimp, cord, even a delicate tassel fringe. Let these designers and makers inspire as you consider bespoke shades in your next design.
This whimsical lamp was created for Samuel & Sons 2019 display at Decorex in London.
A shade wrapped in Aria Silk Brush Fringe and Chevallerie Brush Fringe by Timothy Corrigan sits atop a base by Porta Romana.
Délicat Silk Gimp complements a classic blue and white bedroom scheme by Mallory Mathison, Inc.
Our Harbour Crown Knot Frog provides a cheery contrast to a bedside skirt and a functional one at that.
Photo by Jeff Herr Photography.
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