My apartment has three of these very unattractive wall sconces
--two in the living room and one in the bedroom. As you can see by the photo, they look like something you might twist to activate the secret door in the bookcase (no such luck). The on-off knob is the lower one. I've looked online and in hardware stores for shades for them, but I've never really found anything to my liking. Some shades with the wire mounts that go on top of the bulb itself look like they came out of a colonial bed and breakfast (no offense to colonial B&Bs, it's just not what I want at home). Others have a sleek 90's modern look that I also don't really care for.
I also found plans on Instructables
for a shoji-style lamp that I could probably modify to cover the sconces, but I'm not wild about that either.
Currently I just avoid using two of the three sconces, and I use the other one occasionally with just the bare bulb (a GE Reveal, which is a little nicer, but still kind of harsh without a shade).
Can anyone suggest online sources that might offer a good selection of sconce shades, other DIY options, or other bulbs that would be tolerable without a shade?