Decorative lighting is an effective way to illustrate the decorator’s personality and set nearly any kind of tone. Lampshades can be incredibly important to the look and effectiveness of your lighting. Experiment with different styles and sizes to find the right look for your personal decorating style. Take advantage of the many lampshade fabrics to complement your room; you’ll find everything from cotton and damask to silk and linen. You can even find lampshades embellished with all sorts of decorative accessories. Every room in a home has a mixture of lighting needs. Kitchens and utility areas call for bright general lighting along with task lighting for countertops and prep areas. Living rooms, dens, and family rooms require lamps for reading as well as low level lighting for glare-free television viewing. Bathrooms are best lit with fixtures mounted above or on each side of the mirror, so that shadows are minimized. If your room is in need of more natural light, think about installing an economical tubular skylight such as the Solatube. Another way to boost daylight is to hang a mirror opposite a window, so that the natural glow is automatically amplified all day long.