Why Should you Pay Attention to Lighting When You Stage Your Home?

Why Should you Pay Attention to Lighting When You Stage Your Home?

When people get their homes ready to sell, they generally do some decluttering, deep cleaning and some minor renos/repairs.

However, I would like to add something that often gets missed and if done right, can help create beautiful photos and a wonderful atmosphere in your home for Buyers to see.

And that is lighting. Below is a list of types of lighting and you need a variety of these types to literally show your home in its best light!

What I would also add, which is equally important, is the type of light bulb you use -make it warm, soft daylight light, not operating room blinding white light.

Various types of lighting in a home serve different purposes and contribute to creating a well-balanced and functional environment. Here are some common types of lighting and their purposes:

  1. Ambient Lighting:

    • Purpose: Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting provides overall illumination to a room. It ensures that there are no dark corners and sets the overall mood for the space.
    • Examples: Ceiling-mounted fixtures, chandeliers, track lights, and wall-mounted fixtures.
  2. Task Lighting:

    • Purpose: Task lighting is focused on specific areas where activities such as reading, cooking, or working take place. It helps to reduce eye strain and enhances visibility for detailed tasks.
    • Examples: Desk lamps, under-cabinet lights in the kitchen, and reading lights.
  3. Accent Lighting:

    • Purpose: Accent lighting is used to highlight specific features or objects in a room, such as artwork, architectural details, or decorative elements. It adds drama and visual interest.
    • Examples: Spotlights, track lighting with adjustable fixtures, and wall-mounted picture lights.
  4. Decorative Lighting:

    • Purpose: Decorative lighting serves both functional and aesthetic purposes, enhancing the overall design and style of a space. It can be a focal point in itself.
    • Examples: Chandeliers, pendant lights, decorative lamps, and unique light fixtures.
  5. Natural Lighting:

    • Purpose: Natural lighting utilizes sunlight to illuminate a space. It provides a connection to the outdoors, enhances mood, and can save energy during daylight hours.
    • Examples: Windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  6. Mood Lighting:

    • Purpose: Mood lighting creates a specific ambiance or atmosphere in a room. It's often used to evoke a particular feeling or to enhance the overall experience in a space.
    • Examples: Dimmer switches, LED strips, and colored lights.
  7. Cove Lighting:

    • Purpose: Cove lighting involves hidden light sources to provide a soft, indirect glow. It adds depth and dimension to a room.
    • Examples: LED strips installed in ceiling coves or recessed areas.

Using a combination of these lighting types allows for flexibility in adjusting the lighting levels based on different activities, moods, and times of day. A well-designed lighting plan considers the function of each space and incorporates a mix of ambient, task, and accent lighting for a comfortable and visually appealing home environment.

If you are unsure how to make all this work, I can help. One of my areas of expertise in my job is helping Sellers present their homes, yes, in their best light!



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