Hot Lighting Trends: Drum Shades

Drum shades are a popular trend in lighting today. These versatile shades can be used on a variety of light fixtures, including table lamps, floor lamps, hanging pendants and chandeliers. Drum shades can be retrofitted on existing light fixtures, creating a new, layered look while also diffusing the light. The sleek look of drum shades makes them a great option for modern and contemporary styles. However, these shades can just as easily fit in with more traditional styles as well.

 When looking for a drum shade to embellish a light fixture, consider first the material that it’s made from. The material will not only affect the style of the shade, it will also affect how much light gets diffused. Glass and light-colored fabrics typically put out a brighter light while metal and darker, heavier fabrics create a softer light. A drum shade can be used to enhance even the most luxurious style crystal chandelier or add a stylish touch to the most simple table lamp.

Drum shades are perfect accessories for outdated light fixtures. If you’re tired of looking at that tacky chandelier hanging over your dining room table, give it a hip new look with a drum shade. You can literally transform a light fixture in minutes with a drum shade conversion kit. A kit will allow you to retrofit your existing fixture with just a few simple parts. Refinish the base of the light fixture with some primer and a fresh coat of paint and you’ll have a completely customized, trendy new light that no one will even recognize as being the same one that was there before.

Not sure what size to get? Well first you will need to measure the diameter of your existing fixture to make sure the shade will fit over it. The height of the shade is not as critical, as it’s common for part of the fixture to be left exposed. However, the drum shade should be positioned so that it covers the actual lamps or light bulbs. The correct size will also be determined by where you are installing the fixture. If you’re adding a drum shade to a dining room chandelier, the diameter of the shade should be within 12 inches of the total width of the table underneath it. The appropriate size for a chandelier or hanging pendant installed in any other room can be determined by measuring the length and width of the room. Add those two numbers together and the total will give you a guideline as to how many inches the diameter of the shade should be for that space. For example, a 10′ x 12′ room would need a shade with a diameter of 22 inches.

So whether you’re looking for a vintage design, a fixture that’s sleek, sexy and modern or a classic, clean fixture to add elegance to your traditional style home, you can find a drum shade that will fit the bill (or the fixture).


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