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Decorating Ideas for Lamp Shades

Update Your Lighting With Our Fast & Frugal Ideas

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Decorating Ideas for Lamp Shades
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If you want to add a little pizazz to your room, decorating a lamp shade is a fast and frugal way to give your lighting (and space) a new look.

Check out our ideas, choose one you like, and get busy decorating! Most of these projects take less than an hour to complete. And don’t forget to send us photos. We’d love to see your creation!

Cover a Lamp Shade With Fabric - Exterior
Add a custom touch to a lamp shade with fabric that coordinates with your room's decor.

Cover a Lampshade With Fabric - Interior
Add some pizzazz to a boring lamp shade by dressing up its interior.

Embellish a Lamp Shade
Ideas for updating a lamp shade by adding ribbon or other embellishments.

Victorian Beaded Lamp Shade Instructions from Lynne Quinn on how to decorate a lamp shade to look like a Victorian beaded shade.

Decorate a Lamp Shade with Dollies by Quercus Design
Give a lamp shade a unique retro look with dollies.

Faux Leather Lamp Shade from DIY Network
Give an existing lamp shade a luxurious leather look with everyday brown paper bags.

“Ghost” Lamp Shade from Life in the Fun Lane
A unique shabby chic idea for updating shades by removing the covering.

Lamp Shade Decorating Ideas from ReadyMade
Several inspirational photos of DIY lamp shades.

Painted Lamp Shades from DIY Network
How-to spray paint or drip paint lamp shades.

Silverware Lamp Shade by Four Corners Design
A cute and creative idea for how to make a lampshade using old (or new) silverware.

Stencil a Lamp Shade from Martha Stewart Living
Idea and how-to for stenciling a lamp shade.

Wallpapering a Shade from Redbook
How to cover a lamp shade with patterned wallpaper.

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