Home decorating trends come and go but one design trend that remains popular season after season is the drum shape.
By definition, a drum shape is round and may taper to a smaller diameter at the bottom of the item. This space friendly shape can be found in many different home décor items including:
• Side tables: a drum shaped accent or side table can be squeezed into small areas where a rectangular or square shaped table might not fit. The rounded lines of this shape visually softens any hard edges the room may have while providing a spot to place a cup of tea, a pair of glasses or the latest novel that has captured your attention. These interesting tables, also referred to as a garden stool, can be used indoors or outdoors. They are commonly made of durable materials such as ceramic or concrete and may feature unusual patterns, carvings etc.
• Lamps: A drum shaped lamp or lamp shade is the perfect accent for any interior space. A contemporary room would benefit from a glossy black shade to accent a lamp with a crystal sphere while a chubby ginger jar lamp topped with a cream linen drum shade would work well in a traditional setting. It is important to select the correct size lamp shade. Like Goldilocks, if it is too small the lamp will look silly and if it is too large it will overpower and hide the lamp base. A good rule of thumb is to choose a shade with a height that is roughly ¾ the size of the base. For example, if your base is 12” high you would choose a shade that is 9” in height. The width, or diameter, of the shade should equal the distance from the bottom of the lamp base to the bottom of the light socket; a 15” lamp base would require a 15” diameter shade. The bottom of the shade should be wider than the base of the lamp and should completely cover the light switch.
• Decorative accessories: Decorative accessories would include items like vases, candle holders, canisters, baskets etc. The drum shape of these items fit nicely on a bookshelf or placed atop a coffee table or entry way console. The rounded shape introduces a touch of softness to square rooms and hard edges found in most homes. These items can be used on their own as artwork or as functional items to hold flowers, kitchen utensils, pencils and other household items.
Next time you are searching for just the right accessory or accent piece for your home don’t overlook the unique drum shaped tables, lamps and lamp shades that are available.