I love the combination of a mercury glass base with a burlap shade. It connects both casual and vintage style in one lamp.
This lamp in its smoky blue is the perfect transitional color, and it could be used in many rooms over time.
Interwoven silver ringlets make this extra large base seem lighter and smaller than it actually is.
If an exotic feel would fit your room scheme better, look for hammered-metal bases like this one from Serena & Lily.
As I am looking for affordable lamps, I also like to find an interesting shade shape. The empire style has always been a favorite of mine, as it adds a touch of elegance.
Gourd-shaped lamps seem to be everywhere today, but I like this version for the added grosgrain ribbon detail on the shade. The slate blue color would work perfectly in any room from a nursery to an office.
If you are looking for a lamp with a little more movement, there are many patterned bases out there. I adore this Jonathan Adler Carnaby Waves lamp. It is so fun!
Carolyn Kinder always pairs the most interesting bases with sophisticated shades.
Sometimes a solid lamp base just isn't going to do the trick. In these cases look for a base that is dimensional and has a lot of detail, like this mosaic tile option.
The aqua glass of this table lamp is beautiful with a ripple design.
Textured bases like this one with dimples can be subtle but still add impact to a room.
You can also add a colorful shade to a solid base. This St. Croix lamp base with a plum-colored linen shade is one of my favorites!
This gray Dupioni silk shade with a clear glass base would add a great dose of sophistication to many room styles.
I adore this zebra-print linen shade on the Jamie Young lamp, but it is a cheat because it's out of my $200 budget! Take a look at the next photo for my solution.
An affordable way to update an existing lamp base is to swap out the shade. This cotton fabric shade with a royal blue scroll pattern would give new life to a to any lamp base.