They’re not lampshades for hobbit holes. They’re mini chandelier shades, used to dress up or soften the lighting of a chandelier. You can take them or leave them depending on what kind of gathering you’re hosting. Sometimes collectors of antique chandeliers notice that the shades are deteriorating and decide to replace them.
You can see how cute they are on this Highlands chandelier from Sea Gull. When you’re installing the new shades, remember to turn off the circuit breaker before getting the chandelier down. If you didn’t have shades before, you will have to replace the light bulbs with bulbs under 40 watts.
Crystorama has a huge variety of these little shade, each manufactured with fine details. You could choose something very elegant and romantic like the black beaded mini shade.
The black shade would look amazing on something like this chandelier from the Paris Flea Collection.
More often we see chandeliers that look like the Novella collection, cast in brass and draped with crystals. Bright chandeliers are wonderful when you’re hosting a meeting or a fundraiser, but if you’re having a small dinner party, the shades create softer light and a more comfortable atmosphere.
However, with the growing popularity of chandeliers, we’re seeing more diverse styles each year. Here are some more artistic fabric shades for the trendy home.
The amber mini shade has edge with its vintage look. Somewhere down the road designers decided grandma’s frumpy bags and floral bedspreads were hip.
The blue fabric mini shade looks like a the perfect choice for a collector of aquariums and lava lamps.
The pearl mini shade takes traditional pearls and makes them funky and unconventional. It’s definitely a eye catching addition to a chandelier.
The sequined mini shade would also be perfect as it looks like it has little white flowers growing all over it. When you first chose your chandelier, you must have chosen it for certain design details that you had a particular taste for. I hope you find a mini shade that complements your personal style. A naked light can be hard on the eyes, and the home should be a place of serenity and calm now and again.