This was just the right light I was looking for at a very reasonable price. The shade is a crisp linen white and the overall fixture is just stunning. I do not recommend using the directions. This is actually a very logical light fixture to put together and install. The assembly instructions wil only confuse you. In fact, after reading them I realized that they may not have even been for this light fixture. Everything worked out though. I am a singel woman and have installed 3 new light fixtures in my new home and this was by far the easiest one to assemble. Like I said, though, logical, don't use the instructions!