Lighten Up

Lighten Up

When it comes to Home Staging, it is very important to address the lighting within a home to ensure that all rooms are light and bright.  The goal is to create open and airy feel throughout a home where each room appears spacious, warm and welcoming.

Here are a few tips to make sure your listing photos shine:

  • When there is no overhead lighting, bring in lamps to brighten things up!  A combination of floor and table lamps will help to lighten up the corners and show off all the great features of the room.
  • Always use the highest wattage bulb possible in overhead lighting, bath vanities and lamps.  Choose bulbs that emit a warm glow vs. a cool, flourescent which can make a space feel cold and antiseptic.
  • Open those window treatments…or remove them all together. Long, heavy drapes or lacy curtains are a triple threat because (1) they are overly formal and style specific which will limit who the home will appeal to, (2) they are covering the trim work and filtering all the natural sunlight from the room and (3) they block the views to the outside which can be a major selling point in a home.  We live in a rural area where the majority of homes have beautiful views of forest settings, mountain overlooks and lake side scenes.  If there are blinds or shades installed, be sure to open them up all the way when you have photos taken and for each “showing” of the house.
  • Use professional photography whenever possible to get bright, crisp photos that truly represent your home.  This is especially important if you have invested in the items noted above.

Here are a couple of examples:

Dark Room without a View

Dark Room without a View

Rooms with dark colors appear smaller so lighting is especially important in these spaces.  In this example, the room looks small because the closed window treatments act as a continuation of the walls.  When you open up the window treatments, the room immediately opens up and allows your eye to travel further and see the outside benefits of the property.

Bright Space with Nature Filled View

Bright Space with Nature Filled View

Here is an example of how the natural sunlight bright and spacious a room can look when you can see and appreciate the outside spaces.

There are a lot of issues to consider when Staging your home for sale…this is just one aspect that can make a big difference and can be done at a minimal cost.

 

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