Sometimes those lonely bare bulbs are in need of dressing up. Here are a few instant solutions (no hardware or electrician required).
Above: Dutch designers Ransmeier & Floyd dreamed up the DIYM (as in Do It Yourself Modern) translucent polypropylene lampshade that slips on and off—no need for any hardware. Available through Droog Design for 59 Euros; or from InForm Interior's retail store in Seattle for $95 plus shipping (206-622-1608):
Above: The Bird Pendant Light by Hung Ming Chen of Hommin Studio in Sweden is made from brass and creates magical shadow patterns on the wall; $50 at Urban Outfitters.
Above: A whimsical dress-up option is My First Chandelier, 60 Euros at Unsaleable.
Above: The El Ultimo Grito aluminum slip-on lamp shade; $121 at Plush Pod.
Above: Takeaway shade; $83 at Scandinavian Design Center.