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Candle shades header
All our candle shades are made in our Suffolk workshop by our talented team of shade makers from our range of beautiful fabrics that have all been handpicked as a perfect partner for our lighting range. A new lampshade will instantly refresh your room without the need to dig deep in your pockets. With over 1,000 lampshade designs on offer and more than 100 fabrics, in a multitude of colourways, to choose from, we are pretty confident we can find the right combination for you.
Tapered Candle Shade
Tapered Candle Shade
Candle clip cylinder shade
Candle Clip Cylinder

Tapered Candle Shades


The smallest shades we make, these are designed for chandeliers, multi-armed pendant lights and our smaller wall lights, like the Rowsley, where the arms are relatively close together and look better topped with a small shade.

They have a candle clip ‘butterfly’ wire fitting that you gently pull apart to sit the shade directly on top of a small bayonet (SBC, B15) or screw in (E14) bulb.

Our Tapered candle shades come in two shapes – an empire style with tapering sides that is 9.5cm wide at the bottom - and a straight sided cylinder shade that is 9cm wide.
Candle Clip Medium French Drum
Candle Clip Medium French Drum
Candle shade
Candle Shade

Candle Shades


These are small Empire-style shades with tapering sides, usually 12-20cm wide at the bottom, that are designed to fit the majority of our wall lights.

They have a candle clip ‘butterfly’ wire fitting that you gently pull apart to sit the shade directly on top of a small bayonet (SBC, B15) or screw in (E14) bulb.

We offer two styles of candle shade – our standard Empire shaped shade that is 15cm wide at the bottom – and our French Drum style that has less tapered sides and is a little narrower at 13cm wide.
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Empire Shade
Empire shade
Pendant Empire Shade
Pendant empire shade

Empire Shades


The classic cone shaped shade that is ideal for table lamps and smaller floor lamps. Empire shades are so called because they became widespread during the 1890s when electric light first started being used in Britain and the Empire which was at its zenith.

Our Empire shades have steeply sloping sides and are fitted with a round shade ring or ‘gimble’ that screws onto the light fitting below the bulb. They come supplied with a plastic reducer ring that sits inside the gimble so the shade can fit bayonet bulbs as well as the wider screw in varieties.

We supply two types of Empire shade - those made to fit a lamp base and those with pendant fittings for ceiling lights. The difference is due to the way the bulb is orientated. A lamp base has a bulb that points up, so the shade ring needs to be near the bottom of the shade to hide it. A ceiling pendant has a bulb that points down, so the shade ring needs to be near the top of the shade to ensure it hangs properly.

We make shades in 5cm increments from 25-50cm wide.
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Narrow French Drum
Narrow French Drum
Medium French Drum
Medium French Drum
Wide French Drum
Wide French Drum


French Drum Shades


These shades have slightly inclined sides which gives them a more contemporary look and, depending on their size, are suitable for wall lights, table and floor lamps. It is believed they are named after regimental drums that were used by soldiers to co-ordinate their marching pattern that was first adopted by the French during the Napoleonic years.

We make three styles of French drum – narrow, medium and wide – the narrow being taller than it is wide, the medium having a more similar height/width ratio and our wide being wider and shorter. They are all made with round shade rings that screw onto your shade beneath the bulb and are supplied with reducers to ensure a universal fit.
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Narrow Cylinder
Narrow Cylinder
Medium Cylinder
Medium Cylinder
Wide Cylinder
Wide Cylinder


Cylinder Shades


Cylinders are the most contemporary looking of shades - and the most versatile. With their straight sides, they can be fitted one way to fit a table or floor lamp (bulb pointing up) and turned upside down to fit a pendant ceiling light (bulb pointing down).

We make three sizes of cylinder – narrow, medium and wide. The narrow is from 13-30cm wide, the medium 16-40cm wide and the wide cylinders are 20-50cm wide. They are all made with round shade rings that screw onto your shade beneath the bulb and are supplied with reducers to ensure a universal fit.
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Sloped Square Shade
Sloped Square Shade
Straight Sided Square Shade
Straight Sided Square Shade

Square Shades


Square shades look fabulous on simple column table lamps, or those with a square base as the geometric shape reflects the straight lines of the base giving your lamp a contemporary look.

We offer two styles – straight sided and sloping. The straight sided square shades can be used to fit table lamps or turned the other way round to fit a ceiling pendant. Our sloping square shades will only fit table lamps. Both are available in 5cm increments from 15 - 40cm wide and are fitted with shade rings that screw onto your shade beneath the bulb. They come with reducers to ensure a universal fit.
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Penrose Half Shade
Penrose Half Shade
Hanbury Half Shade
Hanbury Half Shade
Carlyle Half Shade
Carlyle Half Shade


Half Shades


Our stylish Half Shades are perfect if you are seeking a flush fitting shade for your wall lights.  We make thee styles – our semi-circular Carlyle, rectangular Hanbury and sloping Penrose. The most popular, the Carlyle, is made in two sizes - 28 and 32cms; the Hanbury is 31cm wide and the smallest, our Penrose is 22cm wide.

Both the Carlyle and Hanbury shades are fitted with an oval shaped ‘slider’ shade ring that enables you to move the shade towards or away from your wall. Kindly note, these will only fit a standard bayonet bulb (BC, B22) and not the screw in varieties that have a wider neck.

Our Penrose shade is supplied with a candle clip fitting so that it sits directly on a small bayonet or screw in candle bulb (SBC/B15 or E14)
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Straight Oval
Straight Oval
Sloped Oval
Sloped Oval
Wide Sloped Oval
Wide sloped oval

Oval Shades


Like our square shades, our oval shades are available with either straight or sloped sides and look fabulous on a column lamp or one with a rounded base that mirrors its curves. They are especially handy where space is tight as they are narrower than a traditional round shade.  We also do a Wide Oval shaped shade that sits a little wider and shorter than our standard oval dimensions.

Our oval shades are available in 5cm increments from 20 - 45cm wide and are fitted with a shade ring that screw onto your shade beneath the bulb. They come with reducers to ensure a universal fit.
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Straight rectangular shade
Straight Rectangular
Sloped rectangular shade
Sloped Recangular

Rectangular Shades


Rectangular shades look fabulous on lamps with a square or rectangular base as the geometric shape reflects the straight lines of the base giving your lamp a contemporary look.

We offer two styles – straight sided and sloping. The straight sided shades can be used to fit table lamps or turned the other way round to fit a ceiling pendant. Our sloping rectangular shades will only fit table lamps.

Both are available in 5cm increments from 26 - 46cm wide and are fitted with shade rings that screw onto your shade beneath the bulb. They come with reducers to ensure a universal fit.

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