Sparkly black shade is perfect for this lamp. It doesn't overpower my kids' bedroom and compliments very nicely the black, grey and white theme I did. A bit pricey for a lamp, but I like it. Drawbacks: While the base is heavy and sturdy and the shade is nicely made with black string laced around the sparkle silver shade...I have to mention that the first brand new bulb blew out within a day. Size A19 (60W) is max bulb for this lamp. A week later, the second brand new bulb blew out and when that happened, the lamp no longer worked anymore. This lamp is a touch lamp and has a transformer that burnt out - which I have since learned is a very common occurence with touch lamps. I had the option of replacing the transformer (chancing it happens again), throwing the lamp out OR rewiring the lamp with a new lamp kit from HomeDepot and adding a little clicker to the wire. Thank goodness for YouTube videos! I chose to rewire it for a few dollars. Lamp works great now. I currently have it in use for 3 months and since I re-wired it, have not had any issues with it. Would I recommend this lamp to a friend? Yes, for the look of it. No, for the problem surrounding touch lamps and the fact that it needed to be re-wired in order to get the lamp to work again.