This lamp had the stylistic appeal for my bedroom. The lampshade is oval, not round as it looks in the photos. The light that is emitted is VERY dim because the shade blocks the light. It's fine as an accent light, or, if you use a very high wattage bulb, near a chair for reading directly beneath it. It's more of an accent lamp than a task lamp. The price is commensurate with other lamps in it's league all over.