About

Bespoke curtains and soft furnishings - Est. 1954

Distinctive shades was established in 1954 by the late Nancy Balmforth and taken over by myself in 1998. Nancy trained me for 4 years enabling me to learn the art of making bespoke lampshades. Nancy was a perfectionist, and well known within the lampshade business.

At Distinctive shades we provide tailor made lampshades to those requiring a unique and personalised feel to their homes.

We strive to meet the highest standards in all we produce; every shade is hand stitched and made to your specification.

At Distinctive Shades we can help you design your own shade to match your décor or re-cover an old tired shade, or even just replace a torn lining. We offer a wide selection of fabrics, shades and trimmings for you to choose from.

Over the years we have been commissioned to re-furbish stately homes such as the Bowcliffe Hall located in Wetherby West Yorkshire and re-furbished the Grange hotel owned by the Castle family in York. Some of our shades are on display at Harrods in London and we have clients from as far afield as Russia and America. We carry out work for local interior designers who like us want to be able to create something quite unique that will complement your existing décor and add that little extra warmth to your living space. We have brought back to life old shades that have been in families for years and were well past their best.

We also make traditional and modern shades to meet your requirements. To complement our lampshades we also provide bespoke curtains, cushions and soft furnishings that will enhance even the smallest room in your home.

Three tier stone lampshade

Our latest creation