The Best Lampshades for Retro-Inspired Homes

Are you joining the retro décor trend? You may want to get a new lampshade. The right lighting can help give your home that vintage feel. With so many classic lampshade designs, deciding which to adorn your home is hard.

Lux Lampshades has a wide selection of quality lampshades that combine retro designs with impeccable craftsmanship. Check out these shade designs that never go out of style.

Pendant Lampshade

This Victorian pendant lampshade is the best lampshade for retro-inspired rooms. The celery silk sheen color uses everything great about the pea-green shade made popular in the 1960s and elevates it. The scalloped edges are a callback to the Art Deco period, but its carefully selected materials and craftsmanship bring the lampshade into the modern age while maintaining its classic appeal.

If you’re a fan of the mod style from the 1970s, our flush-mounted striped drum lampshade is the perfect addition to your home. The shade’s design ensures you have maximum light spilling from the top and bottom of the shade. When you need softer light, use the included acrylic diffuser.

Pleated Lampshade

Do your ears perk up when someone mentions film noir or chiaroscuro? You can replicate that dynamic contrast of light and shadows in your home with this box pleat paper lampshade. The pleats create planes of shadow any hard-boiled detective would envy.

If you prefer a bit of luxury with your retro interior design, consider silk lampshade designs for your classic decor. This silk box pleat shade pairs well with table and floor lamps or areas of your home where you want to direct light down near the floor. This lampshade makes rooms look timeless regardless of the lamp base or space they inhabit.

Patterned Lampshade

Clean patterns are always in style. Our drum hardback shade made from Spoonflower Belgian linen infuses your home with summery retro vibes. Drum-style lampshades are reminiscent of the Art Deco style, and the shade’s open top and bottom also provide maximum lighting.

If you’re a fan of nature-inspired vintage decor, our drum tree bark linen lampshade will be the best lampshade to choose from. It will go perfectly with floor and table lamps. The pattern is reminiscent of Ben-Day dots, which call back to the pop art movement made popular in the mid-1950s.

Scalloped Lampshade

The easy waves of scalloped lampshades take us back in time to the 20s and 30s, when scalloped-shape designs made their interior design debut. Our scalloped raffia hardback shade displays today's softened scalloped edges while maintaining yesteryear's symmetrical style.

Do you have a chandelier in your home that could use a timeless lampshade? This scalloped string chandelier lampshade wouldn’t look out of place hanging over a vintage record player or television set. Yet, even without these retro interior design elements, our signature craftsmanship makes the shade look beautiful in a modern home designed with classic appeal.

Empire Lampshade

This natural white linen lampshade trades the fuss for clean edges and elegant charm. The knife pleat design evokes a sense of nostalgia, while the linen material adds a touch of sophistication to any space. From desk lamps to table lamps, this lampshade design quickly clips onto bulbs and adds soothing lighting to rooms that need timeless ambiance.

If you can’t get enough retro decor, you’d be hard-pressed to find more retro and stylish lampshade designs than our stick lamp and retro drum shade. The reed shade is available in bamboo, tropical leaf, and music note print, and lamp color options include cherry, birch, and black.

The lamp’s small enough to work great in any space in your home but chic enough that it immediately attracts the eye no matter where you position it. Place it on a desk or coffee table near a window for ambient light.

Rectangular Lampshade


Rectangular lampshades are quintessential for retro homes, echoing the mid-20th-century design ethos emphasizing clean lines and geometric precision. Their sleek, linear profiles capture the essence of that era's aesthetics, making them the perfect choice for infusing a vintage vibe into your decor.


These lampshades complement the geometric patterns, bold colors, and iconic materials associated with retro design, creating a harmonious and authentic ambiance. Beyond aesthetics, their rectangular shape offers versatile lighting, ideal for reading or accentuating specific areas in a room. In summary, rectangular lampshades are a timeless choice that effortlessly transports your home to the stylish days of retro chic.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Lampshades and Lighting


1. What is the best lampshade material?

The choice of lampshade material depends on your decor style and lighting needs. Common materials include fabric, paper, glass, and metal. Fabric lampshades offer versatility and soft diffusion of light, making them suitable for most settings. Paper lampshades are lightweight and often used in minimalist or Asian-inspired designs. Glass and metal lampshades provide a more contemporary or industrial look. Ultimately, the best material depends on your aesthetic preferences and the ambiance you want to create.

2. What are the benefits of custom lampshades?

Custom lampshades offer several advantages:

  • Personalization: You can choose the exact size, shape, material, and design to match your decor and style.
  • Unique Design: Custom lampshades allow you to create one-of-a-kind pieces that stand out in your home.
  • Perfect Fit: Tailored to your lamp's specifications, custom shades ensure a seamless and well-proportioned look.
  • Quality and Craftsmanship: Custom shades often come with higher-quality materials and craftsmanship, ensuring longevity and style.
  • Light Control: To achieve the desired lighting effect, you can specify the opacity and light diffusion properties.

3. How does lighting affect the appearance of the home?

Lighting has a profound impact on your home's appearance and ambiance. It influences:

  • Mood: Soft, warm lighting creates a cozy atmosphere, while bright, cool lighting can be energizing.
  • Space Perception: Properly placed lighting can make rooms appear larger or cozier, depending on your goals.
  • Color Perception: The color of light can affect how colors in your decor appear. Warm light enhances warm colors, while cool light complements cooler tones.
  • Highlighting and Focal Points: Lighting can draw attention to specific areas or decor elements, enhancing the room's aesthetics.
  • Task Lighting: Adequate lighting in workspaces or reading nooks enhances functionality and comfort.

4. What's the best color light for lampshades?

The best color light for lampshades depends on your specific needs and preferences:

  • Warm White (2700K-3000K): This color temperature mimics soft, incandescent light and creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere. It's ideal for living rooms, bedrooms, and dining areas.
  • Cool White (3500K-4100K): Cool white light is brighter and more energizing. It's suitable for task lighting in areas like kitchens, offices, and workspaces.
  • Daylight (5000K-6500K): Daylight-simulating light is very bright and is best for areas where you need maximum visibility, such as bathrooms, garages, or art studios.

Ultimately, the best color light for your lampshades should align with the room's function and the mood you want to create. Consider layering different light sources with varying color temperatures for a dynamic and adaptable lighting scheme.

Lux Lampshades has a carefully curated selection of inspired retro lampshade designs that transport spaces to days gone by while maintaining modern appeal. With our quality materials and unmatched craftsmanship, you’ll join the retro decor trend in style.