Lampshades are available for purchase at a wide variety of retailers, including department stores such as Target, home improvement stores such as Lowe's, furniture stores such as Bassett Furniture, and online retailers such as Overstock.com. Lampshades are either sold separately or with a coordinating lamp base.
Lampshades are designed to complement the base of the lamp, hide the light bulb and diffuse the light into the room. There are several things to keep in mind when choosing the proper lampshade. First, the type of lighting desired in the room must be considered. The best lampshade option for people looking to illuminate a large area is one that is light colored and made of a thin material. A darker lampshade concentrates light in a smaller area.
Lampshades should also match the base of the lamp. Column bases match best with a drum-shaped lampshade, whereas square and rectangular bases match best with square and rectangular shades. Coolie and empire shaped lampshades fit any shape of base.
It's also important for the lampshade to match the decor of the room. For example, an elegant lampshade is most appropriate for a living room, and a brightly colored or playful lampshade works well in a child's room.