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Buying a new lampshade is a great way to make a big difference on a small budget; after all, it provides you with a fresh look without having to invest in an entirely new light fixture. There are tons of great styles available online at reasonable prices, and lamp shades can can easily dress up (or dress down) any floor lamp or table lamp. More 
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Although lampshades are purely decorative, they are an important design decision when decorating any room. Before you start shopping, make sure you know what your spending limit is. You should also decide in advance what kind of effect you're going for. Lampshades not only change the look of the lamp, but they change the look of the light itself. It's important to know whether or not you need to add more light to a room, take away light, or keep the amount of light consistent. This can help you decide on a lamp shade shape, fabric and style.

What is the best material for lampshades?


Most lampshades are made with a combination of fabric and paper, although many beautiful Tiffany lamps come with glass shades. Glass options are often more expensive and seen as fairly traditional; they also are included as part of the lamp itself, so they are difficult to switch out and alter. Fabric and paper options are more affordable, easier to clean and quick to swap out.

What style and shape of lamp shades are available?


The type of lamp shade you end up with depends on the type of light, as well as the overall style you want to emphasize. If you have a chandelier, you'll need several chandelier shades, depending on the number of lights you need to cover. For a pendant light, drum shades are popular options and can accommodate both contemporary and traditional styles. Pagoda shades are great for a little Asian flair, while bell and empire shapes are elegant, classic options.

What else should I consider when buying a lamp shade?


A good lamp shade should block harsh light but still provide plenty of task light, so be sure to consider color and density. Most options are gray, white or beige; this is because lighter colors allow light to filter out as needed. On the other hand, black ones constrict most of the light, which is great for a romantic setting but not ideal for reading. You should also consider sizing. If you are trying out a new shade with an old lamp, make sure you have the right size — if it's too big or too small, it will look strange and not allow light to properly distribute throughout the space.