Attractive Lamp Shade Upgrades
Urn-Base Lamp: Low-Rise to High-Rise
Curvy and full, these classics benefit from oversize shades that bring balance to their width. Choose clean lines (no pleats), and consider a playful pattern that draws the eye up.
Before: Familiar, cozy, and traditional. Suzanne Kasler Gourd ceramic lamp with linen tapered drum shade (23 inches high), $129, ballarddesigns.com.
After: Fit for a boutique hotel, thanks to a tall, sleek topper that takes up more vertical space than the base. Tall linen drum shade (12 inches high), $71, Just Shades, 212-966-2757.
Urn-Base Lamp: A-Line to Animated
Candlestick-Base Lamp: Subtle Shimmer to Crisp Curves
These delicate, quiet bases are a blank canvas. Be adventurous with embellishment, curves, and size. The more unexpected the coupling, the funkier the effect—you can’t mess up.
Before: Glittery, feminine, and young. Crystal lamp with silver hexagonal shade (34½ inches high), $100, homegoods.com for stores.
After: Tidy, tailored, and glamorous—it creates a pulled-together vibe even if you don’t make the bed. Paris Oval hardback pongee shade with contrasting trim (10½ inches high), $127, Just Shades, 212-966-2757.
Candlestick-Base Lamp: Country Charm to Kooky Cool
Quaint and classic, straight out of a sweet bed-and-breakfast. Graco Buffet lamp in dark bronze with fabric shade (26½ inches high), $69,wayfair.com.
After: Pagoda profile with a large-scale exotic pattern—could skew Park Avenue chic or downtown eclectic. Pagoda shade in Vienna Flower Silk (8½ inches high), $185,jamieyoung.comfor stores.
Tapered-Base Lamp: Work Outfit to Sexy Minidress
Whether solid or glass, this style always looks current with a drum-shaped shade. Introduce texture or color for a foolproof but juiced-up statement.
Before: Modest and sober, but with admirable taste. Regina Andrew Lighting Large Alabaster Quatrefoil lamp with cotton shade (32½ inches high), $748, laylagrayce.com.
After: Surprisingly slim and a bit daring, as if it’s preparing for liftoff—or hiking up its skirt to show a little leg. Modern Drum Burlap shade in natural (7 inches high), $57, shadesoflight.com.
Tapered-Base Lamp: Barely There to Life of the Party
Geometric-Base Lamp: Snow White to Jessica Rabbit
Follow the graphic lead with a similarly crisp, angular shade. But be fearless with color (midcentury-modern tones, like orange and teal, are a sure bet), or bring in an unexpected material.
Before: Beachy, hip, and cute. Clearly Retro Modern Glass lamp with glossy white paper shade (31½ inches high), $239, shadesoflight.com.
After: Confident and exciting, with an intriguing overhead view. (It’s oval, not round.) Oval Linen Hardback orange shade (10½ inches high), $72, Just Shades, 212-966-2757.