Good Questions: What Shade For This Lamp?

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Hello AT,

I have this antique "Saturn" lamp. My problem is I have no idea what type of lamp shade would work best with the base. For example, how do you size a lamp shade in relation to the size of the lamp base?

Does anyone have any advice on how to go about choosing a lamp shade style, color, and size?

Thanks, JCA

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Dear JCA,

Great Question! We do this sort of thing intuitively and would love to hear someone else's empirical solution.

If it were us, we'd go with a straight sided shade that comes down and hides only the top third of "saturn". A black shade would be totally hip with the silver. Diameter? We'd guess about 14" - a medium size shade.

Anyone else?

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