Black as a lampshade, in our opinion and based on our interactions with our clients, has always been under rated and least preferred. The general idea of associating black with darkness goes against the common functionality of a lampshade which is to diffuse and allow muted light. That said, the usual belief is that black will completely block the light and so does not work well as a lampshade. We would want to use this post as an opportunity to bust that thought and highlight how beautiful a black shade can be if it can be placed appropriately in your setting.
Much like any other color, black is also a choice based on your requirement. When you want subtlety and do not want light to overpower your room, black becomes a good choice. Depending on the choice of fabric used, the shade can diffuse different levels of light through it. A thick and opaque fabric can suppress almost all the light through it and so the diffusion of light will only be through the top and bottom of the shade. We in Woodooz Home Decor use fine quality cotton fabric for our black shades which allows for certain amount of light to pass through it, though it may be about 30 to 40% lesser than the lighter hued ones.
In short, if you do not want to draw much attention to the lamp, if you do not want too much light in the room, if you love the subdued and muted ambiance that is just perfect for low light activities like quiet dinners or movie nights, black is certainly your color.
The other added advantage with black is that it complements most other colors and so becomes a good fit for all types of wall colors and decor. If in one end of the spectrum offwhite is everyone's favorite choice, in the other end it is black.
Whenver we come across a requirement, we never hesitate to recommend black. And we ask our customers never to hesitate going with black. End of the day, if gives your space a whole new dimension.
Do you have a black lampshade ? What are your thoughts about it ? We at Woodooz Home Decor would love to know about it. Leave us a comment.