Lighting Your Home for Sale

Kristy Ehman

Too much overhead.

We all know the feeling of working directly under a sea of fluorescent lights. Welcome headaches and tired eyes! More often than not we turn on a light switch to create an abundance of light coming from overhead. If we omit task lighting, like table lamps and floor lamps, reading on your couch can really strain your eyes. And if you only have pot lights in your bedroom, you won’t give buyers that cozy feeling that night table lamps can provide. Want to have some fun with lighting? Accent lights that highlight art, cabinet interiors or walls (think sconces) can add a beautiful element to your home.

Not enough dimmer switches.

This is such a low-cost addition that makes a world of difference. Having dimmer switches installed allows you to control how much light you allow in to your home. If a showing is scheduled when it’s dark outside, having your home lit up like a stadium may not give the welcoming feeling your after. Have a few of these switches installed in places like a formal dining room, master bedroom and basement entertainment room.

Wrong size fixture.

When it comes to your dining room, select a chandelier that is one foot smaller than the table’s narrowest width. Too small of a chandelier over a dining table or an oversized lamp on a table next to a sofa can make the area look disproportionate. When selecting fixtures from lighting showrooms, keep in mind that the fixtures often look smaller than they are, so have your measurements handy.

Paint is swallowing all the light.

No matter how much light you place in a room, it won’t have that spacious warm feeling if the walls are too dark. Keep this in mind as you prepare to list your home. Lighter paint colors will allow the light to reflect off the walls creating the perception of larger and more open spaces. If you’ve lived with dark walls and your selling this year, the investment in a new paint color will be well worth the time and money spent.

Shadows are not inviting.

Take a bathroom for example – placing two wall sconces on either side of the mirror instead of one fixture over the mirror will soften the light and overall feel of the room (also great for applying make-up!). Overhead lighting can cast shadows on your face and can create harsh light if bulbs are directed straight down on the vanity. This can also be true in kitchens if the overhead light is directly over where you would stand to work. Try adding in additional light over the sink and under the cabinets.