I've read that in Chinese beliefs the color black represents water which means strength. But it is also known in ancient Chinese texts as something that adds an element of darkness to a space. Because of this black shades can bring balance and harmony to a naturally brightly lit room.
Ideally, black shades are best suited for the bedroom, but they are also often associated with living rooms that are sleek and modern. Depending on the shape of the shade, it can also work in a more traditional space to update its look to contemporary.
Black lamp shades can also change the mood of a space. Its elegance can bring grandeur and sophistication to a casual space. Part of maintaining or changing the mood with black lamp shades comes from the fabric choices and shape of its design. Fabric choices can be silk, linen or paper. And some can even have a metallic paper finish in its interior to highlight the shades beautiful glow.
These are some examples of black shade lamps
I've spotted in stores & on the Internet...
Although most of these were spotted on the Lamps Plus site, other stores selling black shaded lamps are Pier One, JCPenney, and Z Gallerie...
If you're not in the market for a new lamp, than just check out the several black lamp shade styles offered also on Lamps Plus. Be sure to have a measuring tape handy. They have a tutorial about selecting the right size shade (very important) for your size lamp in Lamp Shade Buying 101. They also offer several printed black lamp shades which is also a hot look.
LOVE the LOOK!