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When we say retro lamp shades, we’re referring to the distinctive lamp shades from the fun 50s, swanky 60s, stylish 70s and eccentric 80s. Brighten up your rooms with one of our retro lamp shades. From industrial to boho and from mid century to art deco, we’ve got a variety of retro-inspired lamp shades that are perfect for any room.
What are retro lamp shades?
Take your home back in time. Add a sense of nostalgia. Or just find beautiful pieces you love in our selection of retro lamp shades.
Memorable styles of retro lamp shades from these decades include the atomic shade, the multi-tiered shade and the drum lamp shade. And recognisable patterns include geometric squares and circles, anything space related and abstract squiggly lines (a pattern often on fibreglass shades).
These memorable styles and recognisable patterns from the four decades are making a comeback, which is why you need a retro lamp shade or two in your home.
Choose retro light shades to suit your home
Retro light shades are a great way to add a little playfulness and nostalgia into your home, while watching your budget. Choosing the right retro light shade for your home is essential. So, we’ve got a large collection of shades to suit every home, style and personality. Go for understated 50s designs, swinging 60s shapes, earthy 70s tones or whacky designs from the 80s.
One way to choose the right lamp shade for your home is by drawing inspiration from your favourite decade. For example, you could pick a classic white or pale pink linen lamp shade, complete with tassels to create a characterful 50s feel in your living room. Or you could go for a quirky and colourful shade from the 80s to spruce up your bedroom.
Another option for selecting the right retro light shade is to focus on the colours and find a shade that complements your home’s colour scheme. Our boutiques and independent sellers have a variety of colours to choose from, including neutral whites, hippie browns, space age silvers, and so many more.
Or you might want to find the ideal retro lamp shade by material. Retro light shades used materials such as chrome, glass, cotton, brass, plastic, enamel and wood. You’ll find it all here.
Looking for more retro lighting for your home? Browse our selection of retro wall lights or retro floor lamps.
Style your retro lamp shades
Retro lamp shades and lights can be paired effortlessly with any number of styles. The funky and vibrant colours that come with retro can complement antique furniture. And if you love mid century modern furniture in your home because of its simplicity, but still feel like you’re missing a personal touch, adding a retro lamp shade can solve your problem.
Having a funky light shade might feel a little too much. But you can style loud lights withvintage pots and planters to create a calmer and more relaxed feel. Retro isn’t all about funkiness though. If you prefer a plainer lamp shade from the 60s, why not couple it alongside vibrant art deco or pop art wall art?