Woven and Sustainable Lamp Shades – The Best of the Bunch

It’s taken me a while to come round to this trend. I think it’s because I can remember it the first time around when it was often to be found in rooms with brown shag pile carpets and orange upholstery. But I’ve been having a re-think and it’s all to do with how you use them. They do have a warm and natural feel. They look great in Scandinavian style rooms with bleached wood and white. Look terrific in garden rooms with lots of greenery and views of the garden. And give a distinctly boho-vibe in rooms that mix Moroccan rugs and tasselled cushions. They can even be paired with completely contemporary furniture and hard-edged kitchens. It’s all about the contrast of textures. So now that we know they have a lot of uses around the home, I’m going to tell you why woven lampshades are a really good idea.

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Woven lampshades over the dining table

Firefly & Bulb (Pure Natural), £204, Escapology.


It’s the materials used you see. To achieve the bendy shapes and woven patterns, natural pliable materials have to be used. The examples I’m showing here are all made of rattan, bamboo, plywood, cardboard, paper and even wool. All sustainable materials.

Woven and wire lampshades

Birdy Wire Pendant Light, with Braided Rattan Border, £69, Cuckooland

Inexpensive and Easy to Install

In most cases you won’t need an electrician to install a woven lampshade. It will simply hang from the existing fitting. They are also light, so there is no need to go hunting for the joist in case the plasterboard won’t take the weight. They are also inexpensive. Relatively. Okay so there may be one or two where you are paying for the name of the designer, but on the whole they won’t break the bank.

woven lampshades - go large

Zome Lamp, £685, Noxu Home

A Combination of Looks and Effectiveness

The woven patterns and holey effect of the lampshades can create some interesting patterns and light effects when lit. The also look very handsome unlit. Adding another texture to a room. In my book that’s too big ticks for a combination of looks and effectiveness. There’s an added advantage too. Because of their lightness and relative cheapness you can probably afford to go large. And there’s nothing more effective than a large statement light in any room in the house.

Woven Lamp Shades - The Best of the Bunch1. Sagano Drop Pendant Light, £156, Noxu Home.

2. Pendant Ceiling Light in Twisted Paper, £129, Cuckooland.

3. Dutchbone Hanging Rattan Lamp, £149, Cuckooland.

4. Kyoto Pendant Lamp, £79, Noxu Home.

5. Bloomingville Fisherman’s Bamboo Pendant Lamp, £155, Beaumonde.

6. Gray & Willow Rattan Weave Shade, £65, House of Fraser.

7. Black Woven Rattan Pendant Light, £85, Oh What’s This.

8. Astemik Woollen Pendant Light, £305, PIB.


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    February 7, 2018

    Beautiful lamp shades. I love the one from Bloomingville.

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      February 7, 2018

      Yes. I like that one too. But then I like anything from Bloomingville 🙂

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    Stacey Sheppard

    February 2, 2018

    I’ve liked these kind of light shades for a while. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one for my living room as the natural materials would work so well against the green and all the plants we have in here. I really like the ones in the second image actually and what a great price too.

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      February 3, 2018

      One would look fabulous in your living room Stacey 🙂

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    February 1, 2018

    There are some really nice designs of them you’ve picked. I do remember the old fashioned style ones of these that my parents had but these are nothing like that!

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      February 1, 2018

      No I agree. The designs have moved on thankfully x

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    January 31, 2018

    I agree it’s a style I’ve taken a while to come around to as well, but you’ve chosen some great examples here that look lovely. Some are quite pricey though 😉

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      February 1, 2018

      Yeah they are quite pricey. Ikea do some nice ones though. x

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    Susan Earlam

    January 31, 2018

    I have one from Made which comes in two sizes- worth a look. I love this boho style

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      January 31, 2018

      Ooh I will have a look. It’s a great style isn’t it. 🙂


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