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Lamps Plus Tip: Ceiling lamp shades can be a simple clear or white glass lamp shade that blends in with the ceiling -- or it can be the visual focus of an entire room. If your decor includes Asian themes, consider a paper lamp shade in a spherical style. For a Scandinavian touch, choose plain glass lamp shades trimmed in wood. Once installed, ceiling lamp shades often go unnoticed until the bulb needs replacing or something needs cleaning. On these occasions, pay attention to your lamp shade. Is it in good shape? Discolored? Collecting dead bugs? Does it enhance the room, either by blending in with the predominant style or standing out as a center of attention? A new glass lamp shade can be an inexpensive, quick fix-up for a tired room.