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Monday, August 25, 2014

Yay or Nay - I Need Your Input

Add trim to a lampshade or not, that is the question.

If you have been following along lately, then you know that I have been on a mission to update my living room by changing out some of the accessories.  Adding a few contemporary patterns and colors along with some trendy accessories has given my very Traditional room a more updated and Transitional look.  I am really loving the new look.

I have enjoyed all the sharp black and white with lots of different colored pillows.  What I have a question about is the lamps.

Here is another picture where I just use all black and white.  Again take a look at the lamps by the sofa and specifically at the lampshades.  (I am replacing the brass lamp, I will show you later)

For now I am questioning adding some trim to the lampshades on the side of the sofa.  They are very pretty white silk drum shades with a plain white ribbon trim on the top and bottom.  This plain ginger jar is on the right side of the sofa.


This ginger jar with flowers and vines is on the left side of the sofa.  I found both of these at goodwill and liked them because they just blend into the wall and in a small room, I liked that.



I am recovering my ottoman and bought some greek key trim to put around the bottom of it, and suddenly thought maybe it would look good on the lamshade too.  (Sorry these pictures are so dark, it has been raining and we really need it.)


 The trim is a really soft beige and white and matches the beige in the wall color and the drapes. Very muted


 I just have it pinned up there with butterfly clips for now.  So yes or no.  Is this too traditional again.  That is what I am trying to get away from.

I would love your feedback, let me know what you think?

P.S.  I have been hunting for new lamps too, I just can't find anything that looks right to me.

Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live this afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.




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54 comments:

  1. I vote for the the trim detail, Marty. I think it's a timeless look that easily mixes with any style.

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  2. I like the trim. The Greek key is classic but also looks trendy now, updating the look.

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  3. LOVE the Greek Key trim. it's subtle, but dressed up your lampshades, love the neutral color,

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  4. I am jumping on the vote for the Greek Key Trim. I love how it is subtle but really makes the shade look pretty.
    Good luck Marty I know what ever you pick to do it will look wonderful. Happy Sunday.
    Kris

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  5. LOVE the trim Marty - I vote YES!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  6. I vote for the trim. It's not my style but it totally goes with your decor and, in my opinion, makes the lamps look more fancy.

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  7. Hi Marty! I am new to your blog and I really think the lamps look elegant just the way they are. The trim is nice but I love them without it! Do whatever you love and then it will be perfect! God Bless!

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  8. I vote for the trim Marty, looks upscale to me!

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  9. I vote a big YAY!!...it looks beautiful and such a classic style!...

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  10. Oh I am a HUGE fan of the Greek Key so I say YAY! I love the way the entire lamp makes so much more of a statement with the trim.
    XO Barbara

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  11. Love the trim on the lampshades. It will look great with the ottoman project also.

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  12. Yes...use the trim! It's gorgeous and modern...perfect for that transitional look you are going for! ;)

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  13. In my opinion it is very lovely and adds a contemporary feel to the shade. Leave it on and enjoy it. Your entire home
    is lovely by the way.

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  14. I love your pictures! I like the yellow touches, really gives a spark! Hugs,

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  15. Yes to the trim! It is subtle, yet classic, and just the touch the shades need.

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  16. A definite Yay to the trim...I love the way it looks Marty!!

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  17. yes, yes, yes to the trim. Maybe you could paint the metal lamp with chalk paint instead of buying a new one. the shape looks good with the others.

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  18. Yes to the trim Marty. I really like it on the lamp shades. You have such good taste on decorating - I even like the brass lamp. I see nothing wrong with your lamps - they go so well with your decor in your living room. The chevron pillows look so good too.
    Seems like everyone likes your trim.
    Mary

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  19. Loving the trim....a great detail addition!

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  20. Marty, Yes to the trim. It breaks all the white from the lamp and shade.

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  21. I think it looks great, but I like traditional. : - )

    Those lamps are perfect - you SURE you wanna change em?

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  22. I seem the like the simplicity without the trim.

    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

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  23. Yes to the trim!!! It is soft and subtle and adds a bit of interest to something so plain. Greek Key is a classic and always in style.

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  24. I like the trim! I think it'll be a fun change...and if you tire of it, you can always remove it, just adhere it with velcro!

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  25. I love the trim, Marty! It's a pretty touch to your pretty lamps! And, of course, I really like the modern touches you're adding in, too!

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  26. Well here goes....I would trim them with ribbon in black. Your room is beautiful but it needs a bit of color. Sorry......No matter what you do it is your style! It is beautiful!
    Blessings My Friend,

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  27. It has a traditional look but I like it, Marty - it's a classic design. I love the idea of trim, but you can just keep it temporary with glue dots or something. This way you can change it out as the mood strikes or when you want a change of look.

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  28. I love the trim! I think it adds so much, but is so classic.

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  29. I like the trim. I think it adds interest to the plain lampshades and isn't too traditional. It's actually a little contemporary which is a nice addition.

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  30. Okay here you go..... With the mix of bright colors I would not use a solid black pillow with that combo, it is too harsh. Love all the black and white in there and also love the white plain, ginger jar lamp. I would leave the trim off, it is one step to far and looks contrived IMHO. Sometimes less is more and in this case the patterns in the pillows are the main attraction. Reallly do love the black and white combination, no surprise there, LOL. Keep up the good work Marty!! Love that you are always on the move! xoxo

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  31. I like the trim. It adds another layer. I love love the pillows and the whole room looks perfect to me. So very pretty!!!

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  32. I'm with the "keep the trim" crowd--the shade looks very nice with the Greek Key design running around it.

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  33. Add the trim! It's classic and timeless!!

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  34. I like the look of pure white in the shades. Of course the Greek trim is not my style, so that could be a factor. Other words, do not pay attention to what I think. LOL

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  35. I don't think it's too traditional at all. I love the trim. Honestly, I love the lamps without it too. They're so pretty I don't think you can lose either way!

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  36. The devil is always in the details . . .add the greek key trim. It's the perfect finishing touch.

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  37. I love the trim, Marty! It definitely adds some texture and detail to the lamps; and the Greek key design is very transitional, so it works with most any style.

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  38. Hi Marty- I think the trim will work great as you move away from the traditional look! Okay, give us another "want our opinion" post! Have a great week! laura

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  39. YES!! Definitely go with the trim!!

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  40. Love the trim! YES!! Looks great!

    Paula
    Locksley Lane

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  41. Marty, I love the greek key trim - always classic (and classy) to me. Go for it!

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  42. Yes, I love the trim!...Christine

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  43. I'm screaming a big YES - I will never get tired of Greek Key - I think it's classic and timeless and every room should have something with it on it !!!
    And you've given me an idea - so I have to also say Thanks Marty !!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  44. I was undecided at first, but as I look at your room and imagine that ottoman, I think the trim will add just enough subtle pattern to keep your eye moving around the room. My focus at the moment is on the sofa and those wonderful pillows with the lamps just fading into the wall. The trim will fill out the design, in my opinion, and make the room seem more polished and cohesive. I'm loving the direction you are taking this.

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  45. Love the trim! I vote yes. Beautiful!

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  46. My vote is trim! :) Looks lovely! xx, b @ being-bianca.com

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  47. I think you can go either way. I absolutely love the lamps and the drum shades. I prefer it without the trim, but the trim is beautiful too. So...it comes down to your preferences.

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  48. To keep the lamp shade plain will allow the eye to travel more readily to the bold accent pillows, which are fab! Though the lamps do look pretty trimmed, I vote for no trim. The pillows should be the focal point. But either way, your room is beautiful.

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