Attractive Lamp Shade Upgrades
A smart swap can make any fixture cool and current. Not sure what goes with what? Try one of these no-fail bright ideas for transforming table lamps new and old.
Urn-Base Lamp: Low-Rise to High-Rise
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
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
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.com for stores.
Tapered-Base Lamp: Work Outfit to Sexy Minidress
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
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.