I’ve been working on so many big, tedious projects lately, so I decided that yesterday I would give myself a break. I just had one simple goal – recover the lampshades on my living room floor lamps.
Quick and easy, I thought to myself.
That should have been my first clue that things wouldn’t quite go as planned.
A couple of weeks ago, I showed y’all the striped fabric that I was considering on the lampshades…
There was just something not quite right with that one. The stripes seemed too bold to go next to the floral fabric.
So I ordered more fabric — this Eaton Square Upland Royal fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. I thought it would be perfect to bring the ottoman fabric up onto the lamp shade. But it turns out, I don’t love it.
One of my main issues with this fabric is that the pattern isn’t completely straight on the fabric, so try as I might (and I tried two times), I cannot get the pattern to fall perfectly straight on the lamp shades. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to stuff like that, so seeing that pattern slightly askew on my lamp shades would drive me batty. Plus, I’m just not crazy about the fabric on the lamp shades.
Then I thought maybe all the lamp shades need is a bit of trim. So I added some extra wide bias tape in dark green.
Oh my gosh, can it GET any more boring than that? (Said in my best Chandler Bing voice.)
And I have to consider also that while the plain lampshades contrast nicely with the wall color now, that wall color is temporary. As soon as we get our foundation leveled, I’ll be able to add the wainscoting to this room that I’ve been dreaming of, along with the grasscloth wallpaper on the upper portion of the walls. That grasscloth will be considerably lighter than the current color, so those lamp shades will definitely need some fabric on them that won’t allow them to fade away.
So that brought me back to the stripes. But I had an epiphany. What if, instead of using the front of the fabric with the bold, saturated colors, I turn it to the back of the fabric where the colors aren’t quite so bold and saturated? Here’s what that looks like.
I have to admit, I’m loving this one. But I don’t know if it’s really the right choice, or if it’s just that I’m always drawn to stripes. Always.
So as of now, I’m still at a loss as to what to do with these shades. This very simple project that should have taken me just a couple of hours is now turning into a window treatment indecision type of situation.
So I’m open to your input, as long as you tell me to go with the stripes. Okay, just kidding. Kind of.