I know it’s probably a terrible idea to start shopping for decorative objects for my new house before I’ve even found said house, but when I saw these big, glam 60s lamps at the local Habitat for Humanity, I couldn’t resist. $21 for the pair!
But I’m torn about what to do with the shades. Both are yellowed and dingy and need to be reworked or replaced. I thought black shades could look amazing against the shiny gold (check out Jenny’s inspiring DIY black spray paint job here) but black shades cast a somber, almost moody glow, which is fine if that’s the look you’re going for, but I’m not sure that’s what I want for my next house (though it’s admittedly way too soon to tell!!! Should probably get the house first!!). For a more cheerful look, I thought Tiffany blue shades might look amazing against the gold, or maybe even a bright, bright white.
A friend suggested covering the shades in fabric, but I’m not sure what I think of that look. It always comes across to me as too cutesy and overworked. The height and shiny hardware of these lamps is statement enough; complementary fabric would have to be really subtle and demure.