Different Styles of Lampshades to Elevate Your Space

Give the light fixtures in home or business a fresh, new look with our quality lampshades. Cranberry Hill Lighting makes your space stand out with a variety of room-enhancing lampshades. From the antique cut and pierced style to more modern fabric and specialty paper, there are many options to choose from to elevate the look and feel of your space.




Cut and Pierced

Cutting and piercing lampshades is a centuries' old art form originally designed to protect oil lamps from harsh elements. Decorative patterns were cut and pierced into tin and then formed into primitive lampshades. Once indoor lighting evolved from utilitarian to decorative, paper cut and pierced lampshades were considered more elegant and best suited for home interiors, adding their own unique personality to every room. Designs ranged from harvest fruits, seasonal flowers, country landscapes, nautical seascapes, and seashells.

Cranberry Hill Lighting offers a wide variety of cut and pierced designs to choose from. In our trademarked LBE gallery, you'll find fresh and original lampshade designs. In our antique gallery, we offer an extensive library of traditional patterns. Choose a design from either gallery that expresses who you are.

Lamp Shade with Two Flowers

If it's that ultra-personal, made-just-for-me-touch that you crave, contact us to create a custom match design that fits your decor. We will be happy to draw something up for your approval before we start making your lampshade.

We promise to use only the most luxuriously textured watercolor paper and finest watercolor paints. Using watercolor paint allows light to pass through and illuminate the design with soft brilliance. If you appreciate a minimalist vantage, we won't paint the shade. We'll let the paper and workmanship stand on its own. Either way, you'll end up with a stunning lampshade.


Lamp Shade with Abstract Pattern

Fabric and Specialty Paper

Fabric and specialty paper lampshades cast a welcoming, ambient light and are increasingly popular in both homes and businesses. Fabrics like silk or fine linen create a warm and moody elegance, while patterns and stripes are sure to fill any room with personality and life.

If a bright and lively change is what you're looking for, have some fun and spend time wandering the aisles of a luxurious fabric store like Calico Corners. Search for the perfect fabric that expresses who you are, have a lampshade made from it, and surround yourself in its comforting rays.

If you're having new drapes made or an old chair upholstered, buy some extra yardage of the same fabric and have a lampshade made. A new fabric lampshade will bring an old lamp to life. A new set of fabric chandelier shades will bring elegance to your dining room, romance to your bedroom, and a little bit of country to your kitchen.

The same goes for paper lampshades. We have made lampshades from wallpaper, faux parchment, hand-dipped book paper, marbleized paper, guiled silver foil, and 14-karat gold paper. The light cast by an oiled kraft paper lampshade in the library looks exactly like the leather on that worn leather chair in the corner.

Any fabric or paper can be formed into a lampshade. Of course, some are better than others. Consider the following when choosing fabric or specialty paper.

Shape: Different patterns work best on certain lampshade shapes. Random patterns look terrific on any shape lampshade. However, stripes and linear patterns are best suited for drum, square, or rectangular (straight-sided) lampshades.

Texture: Do not choose overly thick or piled fabrics and papers. They will not form easily at the back seam or when making bias tape for "self" trim. Do not choose synthetic fiber if possible. It will not hold glue when adding trim. Cotton, silk, or linen is preferred.

Light: Consider the amount of light you need when choosing fabric or paper. Opaque materials cast little to no ambient light. Instead, they cast a concentrated light that spotlights a specific area, also known as task lighting. Thinner materials cast ambient light, filling a room with a soft, warm glow.

Lamp Shade with Plane Pattern

Custom Match

If it's that personal touch you crave, our expertise lies in creating custom match designs to compliment your décor. It's what makes our products so unique; the finishing touch that ties a room together.

Lamp with Stella on It

Some Ideas:

Faux Finishes - The paper we use to form all hand-painted shades has a rich texture perfect for faux finishes like marble and parchment.

Antique-Looking Lampshades - Oiled kraft paper has a rich and indulgent, leathery appearance with a warm antiqued glow, perfect for your study or cozy nook.

Monograms - Hand-painted monograms on lampshades are also very popular, especially as personalized gifts for special occasions like weddings or baby showers.

The Process:

1) A consultation is necessary either by phone or on location at your home or business to discuss the perimeters of consignment.

2) Choose a Style:

Pattern Match - Swatches of fabric and/or wallpaper, large enough to get a solid sense of pattern and color, are required. We will then draw up a design for your approval.

Faux Finish - Choose from alabaster, marble, or parchment - room color swatches are required.

Oiled Kraft Paper - Room color swatches are required.

Monogram - Initials and room color swatches are required.

3) The size and shape of the lampshade are determined.

4) We get to work creating your lampshade.

5) An impeccably handmade lampshade is delivered to your doorstep via USPS.

Lamp with Pine Cone Pattern