Lamp Shade Shapes

Lamp Shade Shapes have an artistic and functional impact on the lamp.
  • Shape of shade often has a similar form as the lamp base.
  • Direction and amount of task lighting is dictated by the shape of the shade - shades with a wide flaring base cast a wider pool of light than more narrow drum type shades which tend to focus light.

  • Hexagonal Lamp Shades frequently listed as hex, were favorites in the early 20th century and are a pleasing addition to many pattern glass hurricane lamps of the previous 19th century.
    Bell Lamp Shades became popular in the Victorian era and have remained a very useful shade for today's interiors. Bell shades flatter figurine lamps.
    Drum Lamp Shades became popular during Art Deco and Modern eras. Effective on tall cylindrical lamps.