Leave the Lights On: Using Lighting to Help Sell Your Home

by admin on May 11, 2009

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. Sure, the first thing prospective home buyers see is the outside of your home, but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore the inside! If you’re putting in the time and effort to fix things around your house, you might as well spend a little time updating up your home decor.

Home lighting is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to showcase your space in the most flattering way possible. Here are some illuminating home lighting tips to help get your space in tip top shape before going on the market.

Foyer & Entry Way Lighting: Speaking of first impressions, start things off right with an impressive ceiling fixture in your foyer. A mini chandelier or sculptural pendant light would be a welcome visual treat for anyone who walks through the front door.

Living Room Lighting: The living room is made for entertaining so you need warm and inviting lighting. Nothing too bright or unnatural. Table lamps and floor lamps with dimming bulbs work wonders for creating a nice, comfortable atmosphere. You’ll also want to take down any heavy curtains and let in some natural light.

Dining Room Lighting: Also used for the entertaining, the dining room is often considered the focal point in a home. A lovely chandelier or pendant centered over your dining room table would really pop in your space, in addition to providing more than adequate light for dining.

Kitchen Lighting: Under cabinet lighting is necessary if you have cabinets that hang over your counter space. The added benefit of under cabinet lighting is that it brilliantly showcases granite countertops. Consider installing some pendant lights over a kitchen island or bar as well as over your kitchen table. Kitchen lighting needs to be comfortable yet functional.

Bathroom Lighting: The bathroom should be the brightest room in your house. Vanity mirror lights on the sides or over your mirror is generally the way to go. You’ll also need an overhead light of some kind – nothing fancy. If your bathroom doesn’t have a ventilation fan you might want to invest in one of those now. You can buy ventilation fans with built in lights.

Chances are you probably already have light fixtures up in your home if you’re currently living there, but if any of them are broken or dated you might want to consider updating them with something a bit more contemporary. It’s also OK to add more fixtures than you might normally have just to show your space in the best possible light. Also, make sure that you are fully utilizing your home’s natural light. Open up your blinds, take down those curtains. Let the sunshine in!

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