First, I just wanted to say thank you to all who commented on the lamp shade dilemma! You all had great suggestions, and I really appreciate your input. I have decided I am going to go with what my gut is telling me to go for which is....drumroll, please....
I don't want the shade to compete with the other patterns, and there are quite a few patterns in that room-which I am totally okay with! I like it that way :) So I ended up choosing the white background with the red polka dot. I think it will be subtle...as subtle as a cherry red polka dot can be...in the mix with the rest of the patterns. Plus my major worry in using the red background polka dot that I already had was that it was so close to the euro shams in the same fabric-and an almost solid red shade can be dark. I was hesitant to use the window treatment fabric for fear of overkill. So, I think this one will work well!
I should have shown you this before, but here's a close-up of the other lamp and shade I already did using the window treatment fabric so you can get a better idea of the pattern. Yes, there was a very, very slight fabric shortage in the back of the shade on the inside seam, but we'll just pretend you don't see that, k? Okay then ;)
So now I'm off to order the fabric and I'll be sure to post photos once it's done!
Are you interested in seeing the step by step process of covering a shade? Or just the final product? If there's any interest let me know and I will share the process with you!