Find a coordinating color scheme: Keep in mind the color scheme of the room you're decorating. Too much of one color can be overwhelming for a room. Pick out coordinating colors to accent the room, rather than trying to match it exactly. Small things like lamp shades and throw pillows are the perfect places to add a touch of flair.
Choose a simple or coordinating pattern: Look at the design of your room. Are there a lot of patterns, designs, or textures? If so, go for a simple, solid-colored shade to balance the room. If your area needs texture, find a shade with a velvety look. Try a splashy, colorful, patterned shade for rooms without a lot of other patterned pieces.
Try something new with a different-shaped shade: Are you used to lamps with traditional bell-shaped shades? Mix it up with a square or drum-shaped shade. You can add a whole new design element to your space just by varying the shape of your lamp shade.|