“ Brand: B&Q / Type: Pendant Lamp „
When I moved into my new flat, I had managed to sort everything out how I liked it but there were still a few missing touches. I wanted my bedroom to look perfect and one thing that wasn't right for me was the bulb just hanging bare with no lampshade around it. Now, normally I am not bothered by lampshades and things like this but this light needed something as it was catching my eye every time I walked into my room. I knew right away the exact style of lamp that I wanted too as the colour of my room is quite neutral and I like the bigger sort of oval designs that are made from paper which to me are quite arty and at the same time not over priced.
The lampshade I opted for was the Shimada Rice Paper Shade from B&Q and I had looked around all of the big retailers but to me this one was the best I had found as its a bit different. It is a light cream coloured rice paper in a wide oval drum shape and is held open with a metal bar. It has metal wrapping around it in a thin strip to add more depth to the look of it and also support the paper and it just looks really quite quirky. I wasn't sure with the price, if it would be a bit too flimsy and cheap but this is not the case at all. The dimensions of this lampshade are 29cm high by 45cm wide which gives you an idea that it isn't the smallest and is definitely noticeable.
B&Q SHIMADA RICE PAPER SHADE
When I went to pick this up, I knew it was in stock as I had already managed to use the Reserve & Collect function on B&Q's website which is great as it does save a lot of time. When I got there, they found my item right away for me and it comes flat packed in a cellophane wrapper and came with some metal rods. They do come with a small instruction leaflet so that you know how to assemble this but it is quite easy to do anyway. When I opened it up, it literally just needed pulled open, almost like an accordion and it had a metal slot in both sides where the rod goes to hold it open and then that it literally all you need to do and balance it onto the light bulb holder.
The lampshade side just above where the light bulb is held as the metal groove goes round the cable and sits in place. This lampshade is pretty good as once it is in place, it doesn't swing around and gives good light when on with it being light and being a thin material like paper. With this lampshade, you should not exceed the maximum stated wattage and it should be used indoors only. Also, it is not for areas constantly subject to moisture, other than this it has no other warnings and is pretty straightforward to use. The maximum bulb wattage you can use on this lampshade is 100 watts but I haven't been using that, I have been using 40 watt and it has been great.
This lampshade has been really good and I am happy with how it looks, it looks stylish in my room, is easy to take down if it needs a dust and for the price it is good quality and will last a while. My main problem was that when assembling this, the metal rod that holds this lampshade in place around the light bulb holder snapped off and wouldn't then go back on. So, now with this lampshade it is balancing on the light bulb holder and it is annoying as a few times I have knocked it off and it has tumbled to the floor but then I just balance it back on and it will stay there for ages again. You just have to be careful with it, it has never gotten damaged as the paper is really quite strong.
It would look great in all rooms as being quite neutral it works but you really want a higher ceiling or this could look a bit bulky in a smaller room. This doesn't come in any other colour only the white but this is ideal as it is netural and most of the paper lampshades do only come in white and because it is light, is how you can see the wire spiralling around the outside. I think with it being lighter, this is why you get a great amount of light in the room as it really does shine through the paper, evenly distributing light and that's what I wanted. If you want a lampshade that is a bit different and not too costly, then take a look at this model.
You can buy this or reserve it on B&Q's website, it is priced at £4.98 which is a bargain to me and it can of course be purchased at all B&Q stores around the country, you can check stock before making your journey to your nearest store.
The official B&Q website is http://www.diy.com/.