A swag lamp is a space saving tribute to the 70′s and 80′s when their popularity was at an all time high. Today, the swag lamps are having a resurgence in popularity. A swag lamp is a hanging lamp that has a chain or cord attached to the ceiling in at least two places, giving the cord a swag. A swag lamp is a good choice of lighting when you are designing a cozy nook in a family room. A comfortable chair or chaise combined with a accent table and accentuated with a swag lamp becomes a favorite place of retreat in a room. You can create this oasis of tranquility in a bedroom or in the corner of a living room. The type of lampshade you select can influence the mood of that area. In a living room, a neutral colored drum shade would keep the area sophisticated and relaxing. When creating your place of relaxation in a bedroom, you might want to select a drum shade in a pastel color and possibly one that is embellished with beads to make it dainty and attractive.