There are many simple ways to add an instant style to your existing decor, changing the lamp shade for example.  Most of the lamp fixtures can look good with many different shapes and styles, so don’t just buy a new shade that is exactly like the one you are replacing. Keep an eye on the various shade types; change it from traditional to contemporary or vice versa and add just the right amount of drama, flair or elegance. A shade’s shape should follow the contour of a lamp; if the base is straight, for example choose a shade with straight edges.

Look at the detail; fluted shades say elegant, refined and traditional, pleats are more casual and homey, scalloped edges imply a relaxed, gracious mood and a bell shade is a highly adaptable, chameleon look. Color also has a role, for example you can mix and match shade colors or choose colors that don’t blend into the background wall treatment. Also consider the fabric; silk shade look best in formal room, linen, parchment and textured are more casual and suited for family room. Now take a look at these 35 lamp shades you can make before lights out below.

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