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Selecting the Right Lamp Shades

Years ago, as I mentioned on my last post on Rewiring a Lamp for the Holidays, I found 2 beautiful lamps in rather  ugly condition.  They had horrible looking gold foil shades from probably 40 years before.  The wiring was awful and also the sockets.  New harps were needed, too.  The good news is that they were really gorgeous and sand cast brass and perfect for my traditional style home.

Once the repairs were made it was time to locate the perfect shade for these beauties.  Please, don’t skimp on the shade.  The right shade truly makes the lamp.  Yes, they can be quite high priced, but you can watch for a sale or budget for the one/ones you truly need.

The shades in this photo were more than I had planned to spend, but there was a sale and I just justified spending that day.  They are such an improvement over the gold foil shades that came with them from the “Bargain Mart.”  Visualize if you will, gold foil shades streaked with vertical black lines all around.  My husband was with me at the lamp shop when I found these great shades.  Yeah, he was!  He never doubted for a second that they were the best ones for our lamps.  He doubted the price the lady asked for the lamps.

How funny now to think about the time, soon after getting the shades, when we were at a huge antique sale in a convention center.  Image my surprise when I found a seller, who had one lamp quite similar to these with a cheapo accordion lamp shade with a high price tag.  Yes, she actually had $500 on that one lamp with an ugly shade from a discount store for sure.  Simply proves that the right shade does make a lamp.  Our 2 shades were $150 minus a 20% sale and certainly made them increase in value with the age of the actual lamps as a part of it.  Please, remember that the shade really is an investment in your home decor!

6 Responses to Selecting the Right Lamp Shades

  1. […] The lamps on each dresser are the ones that were from another time and updated by rewiring and finding the right shades. […]

  2. I agree that lamp shades are very important. I think it’s also important to try the lamp shades with the light on and off. How great is it that your lamps cost less and looked much better than the high priced ones!

  3. Such a delightful blog! Soooo happy to have found you. I’m here from Debbie’s Newbie party to welcome you and I’m your newest follower. Pop over for a visit sometime and have a blessed Easter.

  4. […] more than when we bought it…it was not perfect. We had to look for the blemishes ourselves. See this mirror and read the story of our matching lamps here. You can bet that we will be rechecking all the wall mirrors in this house…the heaviest ones […]

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