Lighting Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Lighting is often overlooked during the staging process; however, it is a very important element. The right lighting can make a room look bigger, create ambience and draw attention to a room’s focal points (all of which are primary goals of staging).

While stagers can control some lighting issues in the space (floor and table lamps), they are at the mercy of working with existing (permanent) fixtures in the home. It’s important to evaluate each of these permanent fixtures to ensure you are using the proper light bulbs/wattage to elevate the space.

Different kinds of lighting to consider:

  1. General lighting - the kind of light that makes your home functional

  2. Natural lighting - any light coming in from the outside or reflected via mirrors

  3. Accent lighting - this may include floor lamps or wall sconces or task lighting like vanity lighting or a desk lamp in the home office

  4. Ambient lighting - anything from dimmer switches to the right chandelier to help set the tone of a room.

  5. Exterior lighting - critical for that all important first impression! And, statistics suggest that potential buyers are most likely to drive by at night so make sure your home is shown in its best light!

Here’s a useful article that I found via to help shed some ‘light’ on the subject. Enjoy!

Sofas vs Sectionals

  • 3-seat sofas and love seats are still the most common setup for living room areas even though they tend to be more formal than sectionals. In terms of size, sofas and love seats are the same height and width (33” high x 35” wide). The only difference is the length. Sofas can range from 74-84” long and love seats from 55-60” long.

  • Sectionals are great for maximizing couch space and for creating a more casual feel; however, they can be difficult to place in a room (less design flexibility). To make sure the sectional will fit, mark off the area on the floor with masking or painter's tape (and be sure to measure for delivery!). If you’re considering placing the sofa in front of windows, make sure to measure the height of the window sill (the sofa back typically should not extend higher than the sill).


Did you also know?

Couch is from the French word ‘couche’ (meaning to lie down). They were originally referred to as fainting couches for women in tight corsets to rest on. Generally used in more informal settings.

Sofa is from the arabic word ‘suffah’ which refers a long bench covered with blankets and pillows. Sofas more commonly represent taste and style rather than functionality and are used in more formal settings.

A Chesterfield sofa is a British design classic. The term ‘chesterfield’ was first used to describe a piece of sofa-like furniture in the 1800’s typically made using leather or velvet with a deep-tufted design, high arms and a low back. It was commonly found in the homes of wealthy families and gentleman clubs and can still be found in decorative settings around the world.

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