What a Difference a Shade Makes – Simple Update for Lamps

Lighting can make or break a room.

It’s my absolute most favorite thing to shop for – from pendants to sconces to lamps to candles.


The simplest way to update an old lamp is with a drum shade.

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Yes, drum shades were on every mid century lamp and they’re back in a big way.


I bought these lamps about 15 years ago and they came with the traditional shade on the left.

The drum shade adds pizazz, presence and and gives my lamp an instant update.

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My $5 flea market vintage drip glaze lamp benefits from a huge new drum shade.

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Even my little art deco alabaster lamp is topped with the perfect drum.

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My living room is looking good with 4 lamps and 3 chandeliers (I told you I love lighting) but I’m still on a quest for the perfect pair of lamps for my guest bedroom (along with my search for the perfect headboard).


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  1. Lamps Plus is a great site — can’t wait to see those colorful beauties in place!
    xo Heidi

  2. i LOVE your green lamp. so much. the end.

  3. We have a large vintage lamp in our guest bedroom. It is shadeless. Jane’s been looking for the perfect shade for months now. Maybe your post will inspire some action.

  4. I totally agree. I just happened upon another pair of vintage lamps yesterday and switching out the shades made a world of difference. Love your alabaster find!!

  5. Love your drum shade updates to your beautiful lamps Kelly! Lamps Plus has so many great choices.

  6. It’s true. It’s also funny because it doesn’t seem so long ago that I finally got rid of all the old drum shades that looked so dated.

  7. Love your alabaster lamp Kelly! All the subtle colors in it are so pretty! I really love the rectangular lines of the base!

  8. Amen – I usually spruce up mine with a ribbon or swap them around!

  9. Love the lamps…..the colors are amazing! But those little shoes on the table are even sweeter!

    :) me

  10. Kelly, I love your flea market lamp with the huge shade-so fun! (and I have those little bronze shoes, too!)
    Kudos to your house tour-your Christmas decor looks divine!!

  11. I totally agree Kelly! What a difference. What cute colorful lamps those are too.

  12. I love a good shade switch. I’ve been meaning to switch out the traditional shades in my living room for a while now. Thanks Kelly this might be just the push I needed.

  13. What a difference a great shade can make…your lamps are wonderful…love that drip glaze lamp!….I am in the market for new living room lamps…will have to check Lamps plus!!….

  14. That did make a big difference. It totally updated it in 2.5 seconds. COOL :)

    I’m singing that song in my head now, Thanks!

    “What a difference a day make, 24 little hours.”

  15. OMG!! I have looked EVERYWHERE trying to find some information about my pair of alabaster lamps–they are identical to yours!!!! My pair was purchased in the 1950’s by my parents right after they got married. Do you know of the name brand of the lamp you have? or if there is a brand on it? I cant tell on mine due to felt being glued to the bottoms, that I’m scared to pull off.

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