Have you been thinking about doing a renovation lately? Before you spend thousands of dollars on an all-out renovation, consider switching up your lights first. Something as simple as updating your home's lighting can have a significant effect on the interior 'feel' of your space. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most common types of contemporary types of lighting that will add light and a dash style to your home. What a bright idea!
Interior Lighting 101
It all starts with a plan. How do you want to use the space? How is the room currently styled? Is there anything you'd like to highlight in your space, like a picture or furniture? These are all important considerations when choosing your lights. As a general rule of thumb, you should budget for a minimum of three lights per room.
Flexible Track Lighting
While track lighting is more commonly used in kitchens, it's a great way to highlight anywhere in your home. The light fixture hangs from the ceiling on a elongated strand, the track, with multiple smaller lights that hang of the strand and can be pointed wherever you'd like to shine a little extra light. These are a great way to liven up your home's accent features and add couple extra lumens to your space.
Pendant lighting is commonly used in dining areas or hallways, where the light shines down in one direction, such as the table. These light fixtures hang from the ceiling by a thin cord or tube attachment and have a larger shape to cover the top of the bulb. They can come in a range of sizes and styles to match the rest of your decor. Pendant lighting is a functional and stylish way to accentuate specific parts of the home, like the dinner table, kitchen island,and even seating areas.
Flush Mount Ceiling Lighting
Flush mount lighting is a great way to add a stylish feature to a room and bring in a lot more light too! These lights are typically positioned tight against the ceiling (hence, 'flush'), and disperse light over a large area. Plus, they come in a wide variety of shapes and designs, so they're even a great alternative to a chandelier.
Updating Light Fixtures Can Help Sell Your Home
When done properly, lighting can showcase some of the beautiful elements in your home and actually make your space feel bigger than it is. If you're looking to sell your home, adding a little bit of light or changing outdated fixtures could improve the first impression of your home to buyers. If you'd like a little more information about setting up your home to sell, I'd love to chat with you! I can refer you to home stagers and help you find the resources you need to set your home up for success.
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