IKEA NYMÖ Lamp Shade in white hanging over a dining table.
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IKEA NYMÖ Lamp Shade Review

I’ve been looking for a lampshade ever since the plastic shade on an old Target floor lamp of mine cracked. At IKEA recently, I was absolutely giddy upon seeing these beautiful shades.

I love the geometric cutout patterns. And the gold on the inside! I fell in love. I fell hard.

The NYMÖ shade comes in various sizes — from 9″ for a table lamp to 23″ to hang as a pendant (as shown in the first photo at the top of this post.) It comes in four colors: black, white, blue, and green.

I bought the 13″ to replace my cracked lampshade. Being IKEA, it was flat-packed, of course.

Here’s what you find upon opening the box.

I actually don’t mind at all that the shade is flat packed. In fact, I find of prefer it because if you ever move, you can take it apart — a space saver for packing! The shade comes rolled up.

Here’s that gorgeous luxe interior.

The instructions.

Of course you always get to that part of the instructions where you wonder what they’re trying to tell you.

Despite that one cryptic instruction, the lamp shade is incredibly easy to put together. The edges of the rolled up shade have clips and you clip them to the two metal circular frame. Velcro together at the end.

Ta da!

NYMÖ Lamp Shade – $19.99 to $39.99

And now for the big reveal.

I tried this lamp shade out for about a month. Pros: it’s gorgeous! Easy to put together! Totally reasonably priced. The 13″ size shown here is $24.99. The large 23″ pendant is $39.99. The fabric on the shade (made out of polyester) has a nice texture to it. It doesn’t look or feel cheap.

However, with a heavy heart, I had to return it. You see, I needed something that would actually let a lot of light through for my office. But the NYMÖ shade is too shady for my needs. It simply blocked out too much light. I even tried switching to a brighter light bulb, but that didn’t help much. As a pendant hanging over a table, it might work better, but on a floor lamp tasked with providing light for a room where I read and work, it didn’t cut it.

Sigh. I’m sad this didn’t work out. My search continues.

12/10/17 – I’m trying to be better about making ethical shopping choices, so I’m updating my posts with info about where and how things were made. I don’t remember where this item was made, but IKEA was named an ethical company in 2010 by Ethisphere Institute, for what it’s worth.

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