Black Empire Lamp Shades

Empire shades are the classic "lamp" shape and give lamps a sense of symmetry. They're perfectly proportioned, and the top diameter of an empire shade is half the size of the bottom diameter. A well-paired empire shade brings timeless sophistication to a room and will last through decades of decor fads.

Empires have a larger spread of light from the bottom of the shade, which diffuses light throughout a room. The narrow top vents heat from the bulb, keeping the shade from overheating. Empires are ideal for reading and are popular choices for table lamps.

Empire shades are classics for a reason. They fit well with virtually any base and style. Try pairing an empire with an urn-shaped base, or placing it in a well-visited room to add a soft atmosphere.