When choosing a lampshade, examine the lamp’s location. Take note of the room’s décor. Is it traditional, transitional or modern? Do you want your new shade to complement and blend in with what’s already present or to stand out as a statement piece?

The location of the lamp will also determine its use. For high traffic areas like bedrooms and hallways, smaller, flatter shades are best to avoid bumping them. In workspaces, consider shades with wide bottoms to diffuse light and create a pleasing, productive work environment.