Getting the right lighting can be crucial if you are trying to sell a home. A lot of times the first impression is everything to a potential home buyer, and if they see a property with poorly lit rooms it could be a deal breaker. When staging a home, use these tips to make sure you are getting the best lighting in every room of the house. If you ever need assistance buying or selling your home please consider the hybrid agents at Lionsgate Real Estate Group.
1. Go Big!
If your room isn’t really small and can handle a larger fixture, go all in with a big chandelier or statement pendant to bring in not only a lot of light, but also impact to a seemingly drab room.
2. Get strategic about placement
In addition to your main ceiling light, add some extra lamps in strategic spots around the room to make it feel brighter where it counts. Instead of sticking a floor lamp in a corner you never sit in, try adding a swing arm lamp by your couch.
3. Bathroom Lighting
Having a dimly lit bathroom can be incredibly frustrating, especially when it’s time to get ready. For better lighting, install light fixtures close to the mirror and opt for designs with bare bulbs to beat back the dimness.
4. Use Fixtures without Shades
You’ll get more light into the room if a shade isn’t blocking it and concentrating the brightness down to one spot. Fabric shades will give you moody lighting, but sconces and pendants featuring glass or wire will brighten things up.
5. Mix it Up
Don’t limit yourself to just one lighting type in a room. The more lighting fixtures you have, the cozier the space will feel.
6. White or neutral paint
The lighter the color of your walls, the more light they’ll reflect. If your walls are neutral, paint the ceiling a shade lighter to help light bounce around the room.
7. Or Counteract with Black
It seems counter intuitive, but introducing some hits of black or charcoal adds touches of contrast that make the light areas surrounding them pop even more. Look especially to thin, linear elements, or patterned fabrics for the right dose of darkness.
8. Glossy Ceilings, Matte Walls
Make your room work to bring in more light by choosing the right paint finish. Go Matte for the walls, not glossy. This may also seem counter intuitive, but glossy walls can create glare (rather than reflect light equally). Matte surfaces, on the other hand, reflect light in every direction.
Double the amount of sunlight in your room by allowing it to bounce off reflective surfaces. Hang a mirror across from the largest window in your room, or arrange smaller mirrors to help brighten a dark staircase. Mirrors reflect light and also create an illusion of depth to the room, which tricks the eye into thinking the room is larger and more open than it actually is.
10. Use Loud Accents
One way to make a room feel less gloomy is to amp up the decorating. Faux ceiling beams or panels painted in a bright color is a great way to add impact. Similarly, a colorful patterned wallpaper will add a fun element to a space.
11. Embrace Blond Woods
Using pale woods can really lighten and liven up a space. Throw in a plant and the room will feel more naturally sunny even without any new light sources.
12. Add Area Rugs
Hardwood or laminate floors are a beautiful and popular staple for homes, but they can drain a lot of light from some spaces, especially corridors without windows. Rugs in a lighter tone will break up this sort of flooring to give you the best mix of richness and airiness. A traditional patterned rug can incorporate off-whites for lightness without showing every speck of dirt.
13. Clean Windows
This one might sounds obvious, but just cleaning your windows can have a major effect on how much sunlight streams into the room. The less dirt, dust and splatters on your windows, the more sunshine can peek into your room. Cleaning your windows is also a lot less expensive than buying new ones.
14. Trim Trees by Windows
If light can’t reach your window, it certainly won’t brighten your room. Make sure any bushes or trees cushioning your windows are trimmed regularly, and avoid planting trees on the southern side of your home. The sun will be too high for the trees to provide shade in the summer, and in the winter, it will block your windows from solar warmth.
15. No Heavy Curtains
There are plenty of window treatment options on the market that provide privacy without turning your house into a dungeon. Get rid of heavy, dark curtains that absorb light, and instead opt for translucent shades that allow sunshine to spread throughout the room.