1. Choose a lamp with an interesting shape or decorative features like the scroll pattern on this one.
2. Spray with paint. For hard-to-cover surfaces (like glass), use a primer first. And if your lamp has a decorative knob above the shade, make sure you paint it, too!
3. Fit with a contemporary shade. Look for drum or tapered-square shapes. Most lighting stores sell shades separately.
Tip: If the shade sits too low or too high, you may need to replace the harp that holds it in place. These can also be found at lighting stores.