It's been pretty dark in my living room. We never use the over head light that's on the ceiling fan. I just want to ignore that mess altogether. So we use a hanging pendant lamp, a floor lamp and one or two others in the 'bedroom' area. All of those lights still don't provide enough light, it gets a little dark sometimes.
Our hanging pendant lamp is the KNAPPA lamp from Ikea and since it's usually overhead where I read magazines in my rocking chair I picked it for the one to replace.
I went to my go-to store Ikea and found 3 SKIMRA shades. They only had the very large shade in natural shades and the brightly colored ones in smaller sizes. I would of like to have seen how a turquoise, light blue and a green would of looked but I needed big sizes, so I went with the natural colors. Brown, Grey and white. They look nice they go with the fabric curtain and the color of the couch and rug.
They're also a million times brighter and of course they're on a dimmer so it's really made a difference.