Every Interior Designer/Stager or Stylist has one highly effective tool at their disposal, an element of design that can be one of the single most important factors required to successfully transform any space, Lighting. Lighting is what brings beautiful furnishings, luxurious flooring, and stylish wall coverings to life. Without proper lighting, the impact you had hoped all these details would deliver may be lost.
In a perfect world, we could all expertly design each room in our home any way we would choose. For the majority of homeowners, budgets always seem to be the determining factor in what actually gets accomplished and what project gets left for another day. In the world of Real Estate Staging, smart design is extremely important as any updates will need to provide an immediate return, as there is often no time for a lift in the home’s equity.
When staging a home for sale, there are many inexpensive ways to create effective lighting in any space, and on any budget. They key is to understand the various types of lighting for a home and then you can get creative with the ways to achieve a designer look in any room.
Designer Lighting Tips:
- Overall lighting – pot lights tend to be the most effective way of accomplishing overall lighting in a space in today’s homes. Pay close attention to the types of bulbs used in light fixtures as they can often make a world of difference. The overall appearance given by certain LED or fluorescent lighting can be cold and sterile (often seen in department stores or office buildings). This type of lighting needs to be the primary source of illumination for any particular space.
2. Ambient lighting – this lighting is often referred to as “mood” lighting, creating an atmosphere or feeling when you enter a room that is rich and inviting. Chandeliers, pendant lights and floor lamps are ideal ways to create ambient lighting. Once of the most effective ways to achieve a designer look in a space is to install these fixtures on dimmer switches. Keeping the overall lighting on, while dimming the ambient lighting creates a beautiful contrast that evokes serious emotion.
3. Task Lighting – this is lighting that focuses on a specific task typically completed in a particular room or space. This type of lighting is commonly found under the upper cabinets in a kitchen, but can also be found in table lamps, or pot lights with swivel heads (gimbals). Be sure to include task lighting in rooms that require function, add a lamp to a desk or to a side table beside a large accent chair. Be sure to keep the brightness of the bulbs at around 60 watts, anything higher becomes distracting. Wireless led puck lights are now available, and a very inexpensive DIY lighting update.
4. Exterior Lighting – nothing says “professionally designed” more than highlighting outdoor features or landscaping. Consider installing inexpensive “up lighting” underneath trees and rocks outside. Potential buyers will be driving by your home in the evening and this inexpensive update is highly effective with almost any style of landscaping. Be sure to include this lighting under any trees in the rear of the yard that are visible from the main rooms of the home.
5. Natural Lighting – be sure to open blinds and remove heavy, outdated window treatments. Natural light is essential in any home and is a requirement for rooms that have no ceiling fixtures or additional light sources. Always remember to keep in mind what the view out a particular window may hold for buyers, nobody considers staring at a brick wall next door a selling feature. Use your judgement wisely with this lighting source.
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