Objects of Design #243: Five Knitted Lampshades

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.

knitted lampshade from hollyshouse
knitted lampshade from Holly’s House for £275

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.

knitted lights from hollys house
knitted lights from holly’s house for £155

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.

grey knitted lampshades from rockett st george
grey knitted lampshades from rockett st george for £24

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.

knitted lampshade by naomi paul
knitted lampshade by naomi paul

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.

grey knitted lampshade by naomi paul
grey knitted lampshade by naomi paul

Although, obviously I can’t resist showing it to you in grey too.

knitted lampshades by deryn relph
knitted lampshades by deryn relph

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.

knitted lampshades by melanie porter
Dot: knitted lampshades by melanie porter £510



Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Having just found this site after looking for thistle wallpaper, I love it. I will continue to view and use lots of the ideas to create our home. x many thanks

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