Advice You May Need if Selling Your Home

Home Stager with Rooms With Style

I was at a home yesterday doing a Home Staging Consultation and I ran into an issue that I see over and over again. Lack of light!

Plain and simple.....buyers do not like dark houses. I think you could look at hundreds of feedback comments on homes and never see "The house just had too much natural light." or "The  house was just too bright." You just never hear that.

But you do hear, "The house was so dark." or "Boy there just wasn't any natural light."

Perhaps your home has all of it's windows facing north or it was built in the decades when installing ceiling/recessed lighting wasn't a common practice. It's okay. It's an easy fix!!

Lamps, lamps and more lamps. An easy and inexpensive fix to any room.

A Few Tips:

  • In a living area such as a family room, great room or living room: Use 3 lamps in a triangular pattern. This will spread the light well throughout the room.




  • One floor lamp is okay but don't use three floor lamps. Table lamps are needed on the end tables.


  • In a Master Bedroom two lamps on either side of the bed on the nightstands is a must. Make these large lamps to frame out and accent the bed nicely.



Creekside Bedroom WM After


  • All other bedrooms at least one nightstand with a lamp on it.


  • Use as high of wattage as possible in all lamps. A minimum of 100 watts (or equivalent lumens) and even better a lamp with a 3 way bulb up to 150 watts (or equivalent lumens). Watts and lumens are another whole topic so stay tuned!  

Light bulb


  • Use white or cream lampshades that will allow a lot of light through. Dark colored lamp shades are great ambiance lighting but not great for selling.


  • If you have ceiling lights as the only light source in the room where lamps cannot be added (such as a kitchen, dining room or hallway), make sure your light fixture allows a lot of wattage. You may need to get a new light fixture or buy LED light bulbs that have more lumens.


Butlers Pantry


My advice to you if you are selling your home. Walk through your home on a dreary day and in the evening. Is it bright and well lit in every room? How many lamps do you have? You may need to put a lamp buying trip on your to do list!


Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.
CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer




Re-Blogged 5 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Teri Pacitto 01/13/2017 11:43 AM
  2. Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers 01/14/2017 04:23 AM
  3. Jared Armstrong 01/18/2017 10:57 AM
  4. Nina Rogoff 02/16/2017 04:00 AM
  5. Debe Maxwell, CRS 04/16/2017 08:52 PM
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Dorothy Liu
Alain Pinel Realtors - Los Altos, CA
Broker Associate, Silicon Valley Area,650-492-0859

excellent comments on lighting

Thanks for sharing


Jan 13, 2017 07:39 PM #14
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

A very excellent post on a simple yet very effective use of light to bring life to every room with the placement and use of adequate lighting.  

Jan 13, 2017 07:51 PM #15
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
28 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Shar, I agree with you 100%. Great lighting is so key when staging or selling a home!

Jan 14, 2017 01:19 AM #16
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great post. Light is a very important factor in getting great response when selling your house. Many people do not see the possibilities of the house when the light is not right for them.

Jan 14, 2017 04:02 AM #17
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I believe sellers need input when it comes to getting their home ready to sell and to appeal to future buyers.

Jan 14, 2017 04:06 AM #18
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Shar Sitter "Plain and simple.....buyers do not like dark could look at hundreds of feedback comments on homes and...see..."The house was so dark." or "Boy there just wasn't any natural light.""

Right on target - and re-blog!

Jan 14, 2017 04:23 AM #19
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for great tips!!!

My advice to you if you are selling your home. Walk through your home on a dreary day and in the evening. Is it bright and well lit in every room? How many lamps do you have? You may need to put a lamp buying trip on your to do list!

Jan 14, 2017 04:32 AM #20
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
ABR, CRB, GRI, MBA...experience counts!

Great blog and great advice! This will definately affect the sale in a positve way!

Jan 14, 2017 04:54 AM #21
Kate Talarico
Kates Home Staging and Interior Design - Goshen, NY
RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager

Great lighting advice Shar.  You are right, I have never entered a home with too much light :)

Jan 14, 2017 05:23 AM #22
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Light it up, very good advice. Thanks for the auggestions and love your imagesto support the post.

Jan 14, 2017 06:30 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Excellent tips for brightening a home for sale! Buyers love light!

Jan 14, 2017 06:31 AM #24
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Thanks for sharing these great tips.   Your including the recommended wattages was very helpful.  Like you, I have never heard anyone complaining about too much light. 

Jan 14, 2017 07:39 AM #25
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Shar,

So true. Sometimes, when I take folks back to a home they saw in the dark, they fall totally in love when the sun shines.

Jan 14, 2017 11:21 AM #26
Lisa Antonio
The Couture Floor Company - Greenwich, CT
Residential and Commercial Flooring & Construction

Love this blog post. Not only is it solid advice but lamps are a great way to add accent pieces to a room and help accessorize it! I love the ambiance lamp lighting gives especially with a three way light bulb. Nicely done! 

Jan 15, 2017 11:59 AM #28
Amy Kramer
Reilly Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor serving Austin and surrounding communities

What a great post Shar Sitter Light is SO very important to any showing.  And as your great photos highlight OPEN the shades on every window in the home to add that natural light to the space.  I will use this post again with sellers. Thanks!  I'm going to start following you.  Congrats on your feature.

Jan 16, 2017 05:17 AM #29
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Oh yes, the buyer demand of 'lots of natural light' ...yet they want an older neighborhood with big trees that naturally obscures the sun!!!  Thanks for the staging tips!

Jan 16, 2017 06:29 PM #30
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Lighting is so very important.  Outdoor lighting is also important and makes for great twilight photos for certain homes. Love that hallway light pictured. 

Jan 21, 2017 08:30 AM #31
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Medfield MA Real Estate

Hi, Shar Sitter, Teri Pacitto reblogged this great post that you wrote. I love the way homes look with great natural light pouring in, or good fixture lighting and lamps in the home! This is a very helpful post for Sellers. I'm going to reblog it!

Feb 15, 2017 09:13 PM #32
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Shar Sitter ,

Congratulations on the well deserved featured post! You are so right light can make all the difference when showing off your home! I'll definitely keep this one to email to clients..great job!

Feb 16, 2017 04:50 AM #33
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Shar!  GREAT post and love your photos also! You are  so right - it's ALL about the prep - it is arguably the most important part of the transaction. It dictates what price a seller will get and how quickly it will sell!

Apr 16, 2017 08:45 PM #34
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