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INSPIRATION | November 1, 2022 | By Saxon Henry
Wall Sconce and Chandelier Shades
We have an exciting new offering to share with our readers today: along with our other fall releases, we’ve just launched a program that includes wall sconce and chandelier shades, all of which you can find in this dedicated section of our website. Shown above is the array of new artisanal marbleized paper shades with both tapered pleated and drum profiles in lush colors and pale patterns. Before we share the product details, we thought it would be fun to look back to when the idea of putting shades on lighting was a new one.
Origin of the Lamp Shade
The array of block-printed fabric shades we have just introduced in our program, which includes wall sconce and chandelier shades.
When the first incandescent light bulb was produced in 1879, it revolutionized both interior lighting and the way lampshades were created. Initially made of paper, the primary function of a shade was to disperse the light equally throughout the room and protect the eyes from harsh glare. We can thank the tastemakers who were creating products for interiors when Queen Victoria was in power for lampshades with more refined aesthetics. Victorian shades had ornate designs that were made of attractive combinations of material such as beads, lace, and fringe.
The new navy tapered pleated shade in our fall 2022 introductions, shown on the Nottaway Chandelier and Wall Sconce, which are also new.
Just as lighting has evolved with those incandescent bulbs being replaced by LED technology, so has the shade. No longer does the designs have to exhibit the formal characteristics for which the Victorian Era was known, as interior styles now include contemporary, transitional, and mid-century modern concepts, as well. We designed our shades to be versatile so that we’d have an offering for every room in which these lively patterns and elemental grasscloths would be right at home!
Our New Wall Sconce and Chandelier Shades
The new navy drum shade is one of our wall sconce and chandelier shades in our fall 2022 introductions.
Petite shades are an easy way to bring added style to a space while also introducing color and texture. There are six different patterns of block-printed cotton in an array of colors from which to choose, in both tapered pleated and small drum shapes, in this collection. The density of the weave we’ve chosen makes these shades for chandeliers and wall sconces durable and elegantly saturated in color. The material is held taut on white wire frames to minimize hardware reflectivity when the fixtures are switched on. Both the tapered pleated and drum shades come in a gold pattern on white, a navy pattern on white, white with black medallions, a navy and red pattern on white, a gray circular pattern on white, and an aqua-green pattern on white.
The array of artisanal marbleized paper shades we have just introduced, which are ornamented with two layers of grosgrain ribbon.
Made from artisanal marbleized paper and ornamented with two layers of grosgrain ribbon in different hues, these tapered and cylindrical shades for chandeliers and wall sconces are made by a New England atelier. The saturation of the colors on the hand-made shades are remarkable. Patterns will vary because they are created during a very organic process that makes them so special. There are both vivid and pastel patterns in this collection; and both tapered and drum shades come in a rich blue, a pale swirl of cream and gold, a lavender agate pattern, a deep black with white veining, and a warm green, brown, gold combination.
The array of artisanal grasscloth shades we have just introduced in our new program, which includes wall sconce and chandelier shades.
Finely woven grasscloth brings added warmth to a space. Due to the natural material’s inherent texture, there is an organic knotty richness to the surfaces of these shades, though the lighter hues are so delicate they read like linen. In fact, the shades for chandeliers and wall sconces in this collection are of the finest weaves made by hand, evidenced by the tiny telltale knots along the surface that prove they are the ultimate definition of artisanal. The shades come in three different weaves, the one with the most texture trimmed in thin bands of cloth and the finer ones culminating with a rolled edge, both exhibiting a tailored feel. The finest weave is the off-white fine grasscloth; our medium weave is the ivory fine grasscloth; and our most textural weave is the natural grasscloth.
Softening Winter Lights
The new off-white fine grasscloth shade in our fall 2022 introductions, shown on the Nottaway Wall Sconce, which is also new.
With this first day of November and the end of Daylight-Saving Time this coming Sunday, the days grow shorter and the evenings are darker, which makes indoor lighting a modern necessity. We hope these new chic shades will not only diffuse the light but will also enhance the interiors they grace! You can find all of the new shades in one convenient place on our website.