The solution to common, unsightly, plastic-covered lamp cords are cloth-covered cords. Cloth-covered cords are not an option, they are a necessity. If a lamp, chandelier or other light fixture has a visible electrical cord, then the fixture must be rewired with a cloth-covered cord. The subtle softness of a cloth-covered cord can just as easily enhance a fixture as the harshness of a plastic-covered cord diminish the fixture. My personal favorites are the 18 gauge twisted cotton covered cords available in several colors.