Recently I decided that I wasn't happy with the look of the lampshades in our living room. For some reason they just didn't seem to go with the rest of the room, and the light shining through them felt too harsh and bright. I wanted to diffuse it a bit. Then I found some burlap shades at a local "big box" store and decided to give them a try.What a difference! They look so much better. They actually allow more light into the room because they have a larger opening at the top, but the burlap fabric gives the light a warmer cozier glow. The change really warmed up the room.
Here's a better picture of the corner of the room with the old shade. The light looks warm in the photo, but in reality it was really too bright.
And here is the same corner of the room with the new shade. So much better!