Do you remember a time when you’ve walked in a major home retailer, a furniture store, or in an open house and you just felt captivated by the view in front of you? The sight in front of you made an impression that even as you initially intend to just try and see what’s in there, you instantly imagined what it would be like to have a home with substance. All the displays, the furniture, products, and every room, they have one thing in common that piqued your interest, the lighting. Real estate works the same way with these industries.
The mood changes due to lighting. As part of interior design, the type of light and the placement matters to create an impression. Notice how they work well with color selections in conjunctions? How about the contribution it makes to the availability of natural light, the selection of pieces of furniture, and the size improvement it can bring to a room? With all these elements coming together in a coordinated manner, the right lighting transforms a room seamlessly updated with style and function.
See how the model rooms played with lights and their effect on getting an impression out of you? How they made an impact by not settling for the typical white light you normally have and using shades of orange or yellow, the dim lights that you imagined would suit a relaxing night? Lights affect your mood, even reveal a beauty depending on how it is angled and where it’s placed in a home.
The retail industry, as a matter of fact, specializes exclusively in a professional way of display lighting. This is to showcase the products they sell successfully, it plays a vital role in creating an image and making an impression on people. The same concept should apply to your home. While there are many other ways of selling your home, lighting could contribute greatly in selling your home quickly and getting the best price. Invest in the appropriate lighting where every room is well-lit. You may suggest this to your real estate agent if they haven’t already come up with the idea.
Well-lit rooms don’t always mean we’re avoiding white lights, it means as home sellers- we’re choosing lights that fits best with the room and attract the buyers. It should go well with the paint of the house.
Some rooms have adequate lighting already like the bathrooms, foyer, and the kitchen. But there are certain rooms you may want to take a close look at and decide for yourself if you could improve the lighting: storage areas, the closets, garage, laundry room, bedrooms, and the hallways.
It’s a good idea to install bulbs with higher wattage for the dark or shadowy areas in your home, given that your fixture can accommodate the bulbs. The brightness varies from one bulb to another type. A standard bulb is brighter than a 40-watt bulb. Try an experiment on lighting until you see what brightness or color suits the room. The goal here is to make the room comfortable or bright as needed.
You should know that the effect of lighting could either highlight focus elements or illuminate the entire room. You put lights on the right position, hung them from the ceiling and point them in the specific direction to highlight the elements you think would best look for the area. You can mount pictures, wall paintings, or even a vase of flowers and point the lights in them. You direct the light for a great effect and get the attitude you want to convey to the homebuyers. Recessed lighting is preferred to be used on floors to create beams of light that are vertical or opt for an overall glow from fixtures that hang in the ceiling serving as the central light.
Lighting can either add or subtract to the overall colors in a room. Keep in mind the surfaces the light is meant to enhance. The darker the color, the more it makes the room feel cramped and smaller while the opposite goes for walls with light colors. This is better known to be the illusion created with space where light is reflected off the wall surfaces. There are different types of light to help with this illusion. You may also find directional lighting interesting since it softens the colors of the walls. Make way for a recessed can lighting with a soft, downward glow installed to illuminate the floors instead of walls. Both lightings have an effect on how light or dark a section can appear.
More spectrum of natural light helps a room look more spacious than it really is. A room without sufficient light feels cramped along with the close-arrangement of pieces of furniture brought together in a smaller setting. Corner lamps and wall sconces help brighten a room, making it appear larger than it really is. Consider a window upgrade if possible to allow natural in your home.
Functionality in lighting is important, otherwise, we’re just wasting electricity! It needs to serve some sort of purpose. Chandeliers are not installed for their centrally-themed placement in a room, in the entryways, or in open foyers. They are excellent in providing the room with proper illumination. Wall lights’ purpose is to add size and length to a hall or it’s entryway in the least. Lighting is more beautiful with a purpose, right?
Man-made lights are great, yet still, the sunlight brings forth a light that’s most pleasant to the light. So get as much sunlight to brighten the room, you can make use of the drapes and blinds as you see fit.
What lighting do you think your new home needs?