Freshen Up on a Budget

February 11, 2009

Just as jewelry enhances any outfit, decorative accessories are a quick and affordable way to enhance interior spaces.   New lampshades and finials (lamp tops) will immediately freshen your home or office, without breaking the bank.  

Shades tend to darken with age, especially the hard-backed ones.    Look inside your lampshades and see if the lining is dark.  And is the shade a brown or orange color when you light it?  It’s time to replace it.  A new shade with a white lining will give you much more light.  With a new shade, you may even be able to use a lower wattage incandescent or compact fluorescent bulb, which will add years to the life of the new shade and the lamp’s socket. 

Soft-lined shades also show their age after several years of use.  The lining will eventually split or crumble, just from the heat of the bulb, sunlight and age.   They can be dusted with a soft brush (an unused paintbrush works well), but at some point they should be replaced too.  Soft shades are usually more formal looking due to the silk fabrics that are used.   But new soft linen shades are also available in many shapes and sizes, for a crisp, casual look. 

Finials are the decorative tops that hold the shade onto the lamp.  They are sometimes called “jewels for the lamp”.   Finials come in antique and polished brass, nickel, glass, wood, porcelain and jade.  There are many different sizes and shapes, to complement any lamp.   Just changing the finial can add new life to a lamp. 
Apple Green Gourd Lamp with Off-White Silk Shade and Matching Green Finial

Apple Green Gourd Lamp with Off-White Silk Shade and Matching Green Finial

Now is a great time to replace these worn-out shades and finials.  Even if you are on a budget, we have a wide variety of shades in every price range and style to suit your needs.  We also have decorative pillows, plates, bowls and Root candles to enhance your rooms in a hurry!

Please remember, when shopping for lampshades, to bring us your lamps for the best fit.  For more information about us, feel free to visit our website at  We hope to see you soon. 

The Lamp Shade, 990 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201, 614-299-6442.


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