It is a Matter of Balance

By
Home Stager with Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist

      Many homes built in the past 20-30 years did not put central lighting fixtures in many rooms , such as the living-room, bedrooms, and dens or studios (now called "the home office).  Unless homeowners are willing to have wires threaded through ceilings and new switches installed, home stagers are going to have to work with what you have.   That means floor lamps, table lamps, buffet lamps, plug-in night lights with decorative shades, up-lights and the like.  Most of these come with cords.  Cords are ugly.  Not only ugly, but potentially dangerous and you can not put them in a walk path over or under a rug.  NO, NO!!!!

  •      So when strategically planning that perfect furniture arrangement - you need to consider where the wall outlets are.  Better to scope them out before the furniture placements starts.

 

  •      While natural light is always a wonder to uncover - I will go against the flow and state "Maybe, don't turn on every light in the house."

                                                                                                          photo: Flickr

                                                                                                                         stage lights

  •      Lighting helps set the mood for a room's perceived use.  Some overhead lighting such as the older style fluorescents can be quite harsh.  It is hard to look good in that light, unless you are under the age of 2.

 

  •      I am not advocating that rooms be dimly lit either.  People need to see what is for sale or they will wonder what is being hidden.  Low light may work for a romantic candle light dinner, but not for a home showing.

 

  • For rooms in which you may want to lower the lights down low - dimmers are a modern wonder. You will wonder what you did without them.

 

  •       You need a balance of light from whatever sources you can put in a room.  A variety of light sources is the best and well thought out light placement will play up architectural details, angles, and put each room in a flattering glow. For example:  rope lights along the top of a kitchen cupboard pulls the eye up and vaults the space. An up-light on a corner tall plant gives interest to that space. A small lamp on a kitchen counter or a plug -in decorative night light will do the trick there.

         As with most things in life it comes down to a matter of balance.

 

Comments (12)

Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

What a wonderful post!

Feb 01, 2009 10:03 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

You are so right.  The light needs to be balanced just like our lives need to be balanced!! :-)

I just don't have my life balanced yet

Feb 01, 2009 10:11 PM
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Kathleen ~ Great tips!  I cringe every time I see a fluorescent light fixture.  I usually see them in kitchens (that need updating), but recently was checking out a model in my area and they had one in the master closet.  Not a nice lighting for picking out what clothes you want to wear!

Feb 01, 2009 11:00 PM
Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Austin, TX
Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!

Thanks for the reminders, Kathleen! One other thing that I'd recommend is dimmers on wall switches -- once you've used them you'll never go back to the typical "on-off" switch. Even in bathrooms, by the way, so you don't have to get up in the middle of the night and be "blinded by the light." Not only is the quality of light more pleasing, but dimmers help conserve energy too!

Feb 02, 2009 01:01 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Janice - thank you for your response and the compliment.

Feb 02, 2009 05:12 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Virginia - you go girl - balanced is achievable I think.

Feb 02, 2009 05:13 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Kathly - fluorescents are even worse for putting on makeup -argggg

Feb 02, 2009 05:14 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Leslie - I added dimmers on the the blog, thank you.

Feb 02, 2009 05:15 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I'll say I was in a house the other day that had florescent lighting everywhere, I was waiting on the surgical staff to show up!

Feb 02, 2009 03:57 PM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Cindy - Those lights certainly do light up the world but not in a good way.

Feb 03, 2009 08:19 AM
Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

A combination of task and ambient lighting can make all the difference. Great post Kathleen.

Feb 03, 2009 10:09 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Broker/Short Sale & Staging Specialist - Crosby, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Thanks Allegra - again balance - lighting for the stage is an art.

Feb 06, 2009 01:52 PM