If the colour palette in your house is quite simple and consists, perhaps, of only two or three colours then you need to make sure you introduce variety with lots of different textures.
So when I saw these knitted lampshades I was immediately taken by them. And then I started looking for more. And then we ended up with a Five Finds post.
These come with a lovely large bulb, which won’t get too hot, and you can hang them in a cluster or drape them over the back of the chair or whatever you like.
These ones are a touch more affordable at only £24 and in fashionable grey too. The grey carpet in my spare room has this sort of pattern and, come to think of it, I need a new shade in there. I think I would buy a pink braided cable to go with it. To match the pink fireplace.
Naomi Paul makes stunning shades from knitting and crochet. This is a beautiful shade of mustard yellow, which, I have just been informed, is going to be one of the most important colours of 2014. Remember you heard it here first.
Although, obviously I can’t resist showing it to you in grey too.
I also love these bright knitted shades from textile designer Deryn Relph, whom I interviewed last year. Many of her pieces are one-offs and all are original. Her cushions are available at Not on the High Street but contact her for details about one of these beautiful knitted lampshades.
Finally we can’t have a post on knitting without including Melanie Porter. Here is her rather lovely Dot cluster shade, with a splash more mustard.