Lamps made from outdoor house fans hang in Omega Too, a unique lighting store in Berkeley, CA Tuesday November 1, 2011. Omega Too specialize in restoring vintage lights and custom building lighting fixtures made from used and repurposed materials. Photo: Erin Lubin, Special To The Chronicle / SF
Take a few lamps to a lighting store, plan to spend $25 to $50 per lamp, and challenge yourself to pick new shades in colors you wouldn't normally choose to bring a little more color into the room. If the shade is dark, especially one for a bedroom, make sure it's opaque so the light will be directed up or down. -- Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, author of Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics, New York City/
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Add contemporary style to any room in your home with this handsome dark bronze three-light ceiling fixture. The ironwood frame with a dark bronze finish contrasts with the round alabaster-style white shade, adding a classic style to this fixture.