Sooner or later, this challenge comes up. You find a great looking lamp that needs a new shade. It can happen with a great second-hand buy or a new lamp where the shade just isn't as nice (or as nicely made) as the base.
The September issue of Martha Stewart Living includes a piece all about how to choose the best shape shade for different bases...a helpful guide that describes classic, well balanced combinations. It would be especially helpful when considering investing in a custom shade; every little bit of info is useful in the decision making process.
A complete example is below the jump:
As well as examining several combinations in this manner, the article also touches on shade construction and other lamp hardware such as harps, risers and clips, including sources.
In the September Issue of Martha Stewart Living.