And here’s the other thing. I am a light fanatic. You would not believe all the lamps in this house.. and wall lamps, and sconces, and pendant lights, and on and on. I could open a light store – seriously. And much to my husband’s dismay, they are turned on almost all the time because I LIKE LIGHT (not the overheads – just the lamps.) So when I turned on the lamp with the pretty yellow shade, it was no longer pretty and yellow and bright. It turned a deep tan color and DARK. Did I mention I like light? I really wanted it to work, but no. I even went around the house trying it in every room that had a lamp it might fit. No luck. I returned it to Target the next day. Sadness.
And Target is not the only one with pretty lampshades. Have you seen these?
A map shade from Pottery Barn (that might work in the boys’ room)
Wicker shades from Pottery Barn (These really ought to work on the porch.)
These by Suzanne Kasler at Ballard Designs are also pretty – especially the ikat one.
Kelley at the Polished Pebble uses a lot of grainsack shades on her lamps, and her house is beautiful. I think I could live with this look if all of the lamps in the room where it was used had similar shades (and they wouldn’t have to all match.) But you still have the issue of the darkening effect from the shade.
So for those of you who have a gorgeous lampshade, how do you make it work in your house? Does the darkness bother you? I would really like to be able to use one somewhere here.
All look gorgeous to me on the shelf in the store or on my computer screen (or with the lamp turned off!)
What do you think?