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Pleated Lamp Shades

I ordered a few different styles and brands of black chandelier shades for our new sconces.

Brass Sconces with Black Chandelier Shades | Making it Lovely

We can talk a bit more about those once they’ve been installed. (Soon!) As far as the shades go though, I ordered a bunch to gauge quality (Royal Designs ftw), and among the options were black pleated shades. I loved them! Brandon hated them! Friends gently suggested that they looked dated, and Brandon said they belonged in a hotel. Since nobody liked the dated hotel look (except me — I forever and always love granny details), I went with sleek paper shades. They look fine. They look great, actually. But I’m still longing for a pleated shade.

There’s a whole lot to love about this room designed by Miles Redd, but that pink pleated shade is particularly lovely.

Miles Redd - Pink Gallery Wall

More pink pleats from Miles Redd.

Miles Redd - Red Lacquer Walls

And Summer Thornton delivers too.

Pink Pleated Lamp Shade - Summer Thornton Design

I noticed when I was browsing table lamps for this post that I passed right by the one below on the left, but instantly gravitated toward the one on the right. It’s a smidge more traditional than I would typically go for, but oh, the difference a shade can make.

Bradburn Gallery Lamps

Yep. I’ve got to get some pleats in my home. I’ll leave you with a couple of vignettes from a room designed by Hamish Bowles to further make the case for granny details.

Details from Hamish Bowles

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  • Sharon Rexroad
    September 26, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I’m loving on that couch / daybed in the 2nd Miles Redd picture. The red cording elevates it (as if the curved back needs elevating!)

  • judy
    September 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I love your blog,your style and I abhor pleated shades. Why? They are trying too hard. Difference between a woman dressed sleek and classic and one in a crinoline-too much makeup and yodeling……

  • Victoria
    September 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Ha, funny differences. I hate the lamp on the right with the pleated shade and think the plain is more sophisticated. Pleated and granny tasselled shades appear to be in now though. There was a whole stall of them at a craft fair I was at recently.

  • Jen
    September 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Have you seen the pleated shades from Furbish Studio?? http://furbishstudio.com/collections/furniture-lighting They’re not the right size for this project, but I think they’re such a great mix of that granny style with more modern and poppy fabrics. Can’t wait to see the finished hallways!

  • Meegs
    September 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I think you would really like Shades of Soho: https://www.shadesofsoho.com/ Their custom stuff is amazing, and I’ve seen a few things of theirs that remind me of you!

  • karen
    September 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Pleats are back girlfriend. Just like pink is back.Love the wallpaper behind door#1(1st picture).

  • E E Faris
    September 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I love pleated shades. They add texture and dimension. You are right on this one.

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