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Small Change, Big Impact: Swapping Out a Lamp Shade

Small Change, Big Impact: Swapping Out a Lamp Shade

I recently stumbled across a page I had ripped out of a Real Simple magazine almost 5 years ago:


The basic gist is that you can change the look of your lamp (and as a result, your entire room!) by just swapping out a lamp shade.

I love this idea – it’s the epitome of “small change, big impact”!


I had forgotten about this Real Simple feature but apparently it stuck somewhere in my brain, because one of the first things I did when I decorated my living room was to swap out my traditional lamp shades for a modern drum shade.

Lamps trad v modern

Okay, some of you might prefer the traditional, almost Asian feel of the shade on the left.  I get it!  Style really is subjective!

But I personally love the one on the right – a straight-up drum shade always reads “on-trend” which can really bring a room up a notch.  (I purchased this particular drum shade from Lamps Plus, btw, and it was only $40!)


What do you think?

I encourage you to look around your own home and see if there aren’t some old lamps that could use a refresh.  My living room is completely different (and much more “design forward”) thanks to that $40 shade!

Lorri Elder Dyner, multiple projects

1 Comment
  • Sarah's Book Shelves

    February 4, 2015 at 12:14 PM Reply

    Well…I think you have another e-book or series idea: “small change, big impact”. This could be applied to so many things!

    And – I love the color combo of the light blue with splashes of orange!

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