Whether it got a puncture wound during your last move or its color clashes with your sweet new rug, that lamp shade has to go. But buying new shades can often be more complicated than you’d think. There’s plenty of help available from both local and online sources.
Gaylord’s Lamps And Shades
5272 River Road, Bethesda; 301-986-9680, gaylordslampandshade.com
In business since 1953, this emporium just relocated to new digs. That means space for some 8,000 shades, plus an easy-access parking lot for hauling in lamps for an update. Yes, bring the lamp along, says owner Mel Levinson: “Would you buy a hat without your head?” Styles range from simple 14-inch drum shades for $40 to elegant 20-inch silk blend Empire-style ones — think “Gone With the Wind” — for $95.
1207 King St., Alexandria; 703-549-4040, thelamplightervirginia.com
Want something retro? Need a hard-to-find finial (the decorative, screw-in piece that sits atop many lamps)? Ask Lillian Vasilas, who married into this family business in 1946 and is still doling out lamp-shade tips at age 92. Snag a new shade or have them reline Grandma’s silk style that was scorched by a bulb — but “any handwork is going to be expensive,” Vasilas warns. Expect to pay $35 for a simple, hard-backed shade and around $70 for a pleated, fabric one.
Six area locations; potterybarn.com
Cruise the all-American retailer’s website for replacement shades from $40 to $100, or pick one up in person. Neutrals that blend in with nearly any decor rule, but pops of color and patterns are available at PBTeen and PBKids — and no one will know those rugby stripes ($39 at potterybarnkids.com) were designed for a dorm room, not your living room.
Why wrestle with DIY when Etsy queen Dana Quist can sell you a drum shade in a dramatic green dragon print ($150)? Choose something from her extensive gallery, LampShade-Designs, or send in your own fabric for a custom job, starting at $65 and delivered in two to three weeks. For odd fittings and funky old lamps, send your shade to her in Charlottesville, Va., and she’ll build the new one using the old parts, which guarantees a good fit.