Fabrics for Lampshades

We can help you find just the right fabric for your bespoke lampshade.

The wonderful thing about bespoke lampshades is that you can choose the exact fabric that suits your tastes and your home. However, it’s worth noting that some work better than others so it’s always best to check with us first. Thinner fabrics will obviously let the light filter through and ones that don’t fray are definitely easier to work with. If you have your heart set on an empire or tapered lampshade (smaller at the top than at the bottom) then it’s best to steer clear of geometric patterns or they’ll look wonky!

Get in touch if you need any advice on fabrics for your lampshade, and you are welcome to send us your own samples so we can check they will work nicely.

Keeping it plain?

Take a look at the plain fabric options for your lampshade available from popular fabric houses Villa Nova and Clarke & Clarke. Or beautiful dupion silks from Wemyss for a touch of luxury.

We can order samples for you and the fabric too, once we have worked out how much we need.


Seville is a popular plain cotton fabric that comes in a range of neutrals, brights and softer shades. It has a gently brushed texture which shows when the lampshade is lit.

Have a look at the Villa Nova Seville colourways here.

Camberley Eton

Camberley Eton is a plain jacquard weave that comes in 20 lovely muted shades, perfect for lampshades.

Have a look at the Villa Nova Camberley Eton colourways here.

Clarke & Clarke have several collections that are great for lampshades too:

Linoso II

Linoso II is a 100% polyester fabric that looks much like linen and comes in a vast array of naturally inspired colours.

Have a look at the Clarke & Clarke Linoso II colourways here.

Highlander 2

Highlander 2 is a soft textured plain fabric with a wool-like feel.

Have a look at the Clarke & Clarke Highlander 2 colourways here.

Alvar 2 (Velvet)

Alvar is a rich plain velvet fabric that comes in no less than 101 sumptuous colours. From the neutrals of biscotti to the deeper tones of jade, kingfisher and midnight.

Have a look at the Clarke & Clarke Alvar 2 colourways here.

Clarke & Clarke have lots of other plain fabric collections to choose from – have a look here.


Dornoch is a soft washable plain cotton weave with subtle slub effect. In 57 colours including Honey and Topaz.

Have a look at the Wemyss Dornoch colourways here.

Komodo Silk

If you would like a silk lampshade then Wemyss’ Komodo silk is our go to. It is a luxurious dupion silk which is available in 62 colours, ranging from deep, jewel tones to soft, warm neutrals.

Have a look at the Wemyss Komodo silk colourways here.

Or is pattern your thing?

Tinsmiths, Ledbury

Tinsmiths is a gorgeous treasure trove of a shop in rural Ledbury in Herefordshire, definitely worth a visit! They stock the most beautiful range of natural fabrics, from linens and ticking to folk inspired designs, Morris & Co, St Jude’s and Lewis & Wood, there is something for everyone. We are big fans.

Have a look at the Tinsmiths range of fabrics here. But make sure you come back to gilhoolie afterwards, it’s all too nice!

Lovely Linens from Ada & Ina

Ada & Ina stock lots of lovely linen fabrics that are great for lampshades, in plains and patterned too. They offer a free sample ordering service.

Have a look at the Ada & Ina collections here.

Can’t see what you’re looking for? Get in touch and we’ll help you find the perfect fabric for your lampshade.

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