Two clever solutions to the unattractive-sconce-in-a-rental dilemma: one in New York, one in Los Angeles; both easily replicable with a silver-bowled light bulb, a screwdriver (to remove ugly shades), and a can of spray paint.
Above: Faye of You Are the River removed an unappealing shade and installed a silver-bowl lightbulb.
OMG! I sat down at my computer this morning to read my daily blogs, I'm scrolling through Remodelista and I see MY house! Seriously! I never thought I could be so happy to have an ugly sconce in my apartment. Thanks Remodelista I'm really honored!