Consider making some changes to improve the lighting in your home if it is darker than you might like. Good lighting, an essential asset of a home, will enhance your enjoyment as well as the ability to sell your home in future. Here are a few easy tips to consider...

1. More is Better

When it comes to light, more is better. Have at least three different types of light in a room. Begin with general lighting, usually a ceiling fixture. Then add task lighting, such as lamps. Lastly, add ambient lighting such as decorative wall sconces or candelabras.

2. Consider the Lamp Shade

To provide the ideal lighting, consider switching lamp shades to achieve your desired effect.  A white shade provides more light to brighten the room. Colored shades soften the light and often create a cozy space. Both are good options, but choose the one that affects your goal.

3. Add Flameless Candles

One of the easiest ways to add light to a room without breaking the budget includes purchasing flameless candles or wall sconces. These don’t have to be wired in because they run on batteries. Many look realistic with flickering lights to add authenticity. They can even be grouped on a coffee table, end table or fireplace mantel to add a special touch or draw attention to that area.

4. Add Mirrors

Consider placing a mirror in the room to reflect the light from lamps and candles. It provides a doubling effect in the amount of light you have, especially if it’s in a dark corner. Also try adding metallic accents, which similarly reflect light.

5. Don’t Overlook the Outdoors

Solar lights around your walkways and driveway will brighten up the outdoors and improve your curb appeal. Strings of light surrounding the deck or patio for evening entertaining adds special ambience. Outdoor lighting enhances the setting to make your exterior space more inviting.

The addition of new light sources in your home is truly a simple way to update any space. It’s potentially inexpensive and provides a warm welcome to any room. For additional ideas to improve the ambiance of your home in anticipation of a future sale, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.  

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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