In the February issue of House Beautiful, Miles Redd mentions that bad lampshades can ruin both a good lamp and a good room. I think he is so accurate. So many times lampshades are an afterthought. How many times have you seen a beautiful porcelain lamp topped by a boring beige shade? Or a crystal lamp wearing the wrong-sized shade?
The fun thing about choosing a lampshade is that you can create an impact with your choice of shape, color, and material. Good quality and well-made lampshades can be quite expensive, but you can find chic shades at a decent price. And don't forget the finials- they are like jewelry for lamps! I recently bought shades for some plain candlestick lamps. In order to give the lamps some pizzazz, I bought some black pagoda shaped shades. But what really gave the lamps that added flair were shiny, bright, Chinese red ball finials. It was like an exclamation point at the top of my lamps.
White ceramic lamp with Brunschwig and Fils toile lampshade by Woodson and Rummerfield
Orange shades by David Netto
Houndstooth lampshade and black lamp at Balsamo
Lampshade by Oriental Lamp Shade Company
Feather shade available at Gracious Home
*Image at top courtesy of Edgar-Reeves, Atlanta