Lamp Shade--Paint, stencil, change all together or leave it alone?

I found this cute lamp on sale at Home Goods and love it on my new office desk. The lamp shade just seems to white and blah to me though. The lamp is not used for task lighting so I can go darker. What would you do?
lamp shade paint stencil change all together or leave it alone, lighting, painting, repurposing upcycling
lamp shade paint stencil change all together or leave it alone, lighting, painting, repurposing upcycling
  11 answers
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Mar 23, 2014
    Burlap with something stamped on it or metallic paint
  • DeMarie I DeMarie I on Mar 23, 2014
    Definitely want to go a little more homespun or rustic with it. I like Funnygirl's idea of burlap. Perhaps at the top and bottom edge stamp a border of a darker square to tie into your flooring.
  • Michele Eures Michele Eures on Mar 24, 2014
    It looks like you have a bee hive or birds or something back on that cabinet. Maybe a stencil to mimic that? And can you fill the glass part with something like pebbles? And I would add a different finial, too. Pretty room!
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Mar 25, 2014
    I love the hanging scale! Would you mind telling me where you got it? And the room is beautiful!
  • MM&D MM&D on Mar 25, 2014
    I'd put something on the shade like your other shade and maybe fill the glass lamp as mentioned. Lovely room.
  • Carol S Carol S on Mar 25, 2014
    Get another crochetted valance and affix to the outside of the shade. Cut to fit, stitch seams & hot glue to the top of the shade.
  • Jeanne DeShazer Jeanne DeShazer on Mar 25, 2014
    I wanted an elegant look for my lamp shade in my office, so I wrapped it with French wired ribbon going from top to bottom. I just hot glued the beginning piece on the inside and the end piece. The wire helps keep it from shifting. I added bead trim on the bottom for ones I did in my room, but in my office I made a simple rosette from the off-white ribbon I used in there. People compliment them all the time and want to know where I got them.
  • Linda Linda on Mar 25, 2014
    So many interesting things in this room! And I love the floor tile. My first thought was that the yellow tulips are the only color in there. How about a turquoise-y, beach-y blue lampshade in a different, more intricate shape?
  • Lori Lori on Dec 31, 2014
    I am probably way too late but I am one of those people who thinks every room should have something black in it and often a lamp shade is enough. The room is soft and pretty but quite monochromatic and a black shade would set it off nicely.
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