How To Increase Lighting When Staging a House

Written by Felicia Priedel

Now that you’re selling your home, it’s time to prep for open houses. At the open house, prospective buyers tour around, envision their life in the space, and find the best features. The biggest thing to evaluate is lighting; even if you don’t have a lot of windows, you can learn how to increase the lighting when staging a house.

Find the Right Space for Extra Lighting

Every space matters, but not every square inch needs lighting. Lighting matters the most in areas homebuyers look at the most, such as the kitchen, living room, and main bedroom. These three areas matter most because they tend to be the deciding factor for lighting, storage space, and size.

Improve the ceiling lighting in the kitchen by using studio lights. The studio lights provide extended ceiling length and can adjust so you can focus them on focal points. Also, you could add under-cabinet lights for countertops to see the counters better while prepping food or cleaning.

Go for the Layered Effect

Layers work well if done right. For this step, focus on the living room since that’s the easiest space you can declutter and open up. Avoid doing too much—while minimizing clutter, the items you bring in now should work with the room. Throw pillows and non-shaggy rugs reflect light better in comparison to shaggy rugs and pillows that absorb light.

When working with artificial lighting, add in a table or floor lamp to even out the illumination—this is especially useful if you don’t have a lot of windows for natural lighting.

Draw the Curtains for Natural Light

Especially in the bedrooms, you want the curtains to move around so you can adjust the amount of natural light, but make sure you draw every curtain when staging the house. Study how much light comes in; if there’s not enough, eliminate the heavier curtain for something light and flowy.

Remove Obstructions

Having natural lighting is an essential step in staging your home, but you might have to do other things like remove obstructions. Any tall items, like dressers and vanities, should either be removed or shifted around the room, so they’re away from windows. You can bring more light into the room by removing barriers.

One of the essential things to do while getting your home staged is to take time getting the lighting right. A home with incredible lighting sells faster, and you can achieve this by remembering these suggestions on increasing lighting when selling your home.

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