5 Smart ways to use designer fabric without busting your budget

Day 3, Take 3 - Lights, camera, action

Harlequin Callista Collection by Clarissa Hulse

A playful twist and a super economic way to use a small amount of your designer fabric with maximum Wow, is the simple lampshade - undergoing another Renaissance sparked by so many amazing fabrics this season.  

Gone are the days when lampshades, were made in some ghastly paper backed sludge brown hessian, with the sole purpose of shielding the glare of your light bulb. They have leapt into the limelight shaking up interiors adding a clever twist and packing a powerful decorative punch.

A well-chosen fabric lampshade looks stunning slung low over a dining table - unashamedly stealing the show - positioning them low means they spill a glorious pool of light on any surface beneath them,  more importantly, their glory is perfectly positioned within your site line for maximum impact.  As dining tables generally are found in the centre of a room - your heavenly fabric shade is slap bang where it rightly should be.  Win, Win Win!

Create an edgy unconventional look by hanging sensational shades low over your bedside tables - position the bottom of the shades at around shoulder height when sat in bed.  Choose the size to work with your fabric, don't be afraid to go larger if your fabric demands it.  Team it with an equally amazing coloured cable Urban Cottage Industries do an amazing range you would be sure to find a funky companion to your shade.

Sharpen up the acts of your existing table and floor lamps with an amazing new snazzy fabric.   Ooow!  I have got goosebumps just thinking about the possibilities!! 

Harlequin, Callista collection.

Harlequin, Callista collection.

A stunning lampshade is an exciting way to put energy back into your interior without costing the earth, giving you that joyous 'Pinch Me' moment every time you see it.  

At Merchants and Makers we have 1000s of fabrics that would light up and put the drama into your interior and if making a lampshade is a bit out of your comfort zone we can sort that for you too!!

The Lampshade is a hard act to follow - but try we will!!