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The Write Stuff Velvet Lounge Pretty Prints

Dying to put a new face on your rooms, but don't have the budget for major reconstructive surgery? With an easy switch of lamp shades, you can give your rooms a whole new decor outlook. And because they're small and inexpensive, you can cut loose and experiment with interesting patterns, themes, and textures that you otherwise might shy away from. I've got three fun picks to get you started.

Take your lamps, for example: With an easy switch of shades, you'll give your rooms a whole new decor outlook. And because lampshades are small and inexpensive, you can cut loose and experiment with interesting patterns, themes, and textures that you otherwise might shy away from. I've got three fun picks to get you started.

The Write Stuff
While e-mail and Facebook may have made it easier to stay in touch with friends and family while we're on the go, they've also practically put the humble postcard out of business. But that fact only makes Lamps Plus's Verdigris Postcard lampshade more nostalgic. Emblazoned with vintage postcards set off against a patinaed background, it will give your decor an instant shot of old-school charm.

$34.99 each

Call 800-782-1967, or visit click here.

Lamps Plus's Verdigris Postcard lampshade

Velvet Lounge
When the temperatures start to fall outside, we swaddle ourselves in luxurious textures like cashmere, velvet and leather to stay warm—but we often forget to apply that same soft touch to our decor. Even though they're not right next to your skin, rich textures will add a similar dose of warmth to your home. IKEA's velvet Kivsta lampshade is available in a range of jewel-toned and neutral colors that can work plenty of settings—from a groovy den to a cozy reading nook.

$14 each

Call 800-434-4532, or visit click here.

IKEA's velvet Kivsta lampshade

Pretty Prints
Still saving up for that round-the-world plane ticket? In the meantime, give yourself a change of scenery by mingling World Market's Manvi lamp shades into your decor. The four patterns were inspired by glamorous locales around the world—a vivid red-and-gold brocade calls to mind Indian palaces, while a breezy floral would be right at home in a laid-back surf town. While they may not provide a permanent cure for wanderlust, they're definitely an inexpensive temporary fix.

$16.99

Call 877-967-5362, or visit click here.

World Market's Manvi lamp shade