|Wide, white lampshade, check!|
Pale walls, check! Big lamp, check!
Replace those boob, ceiling light fixtures with something big and bold and reflective. Don't be shy about installing a chandelier style.
When it comes to task lighting, you may personally like the moody look of subdued illumination, and cozy pools of light spaced around a room. But this is the kind of lighting that makes a room look small and cramped.
Other tricks for boosting the brightness: double up on lamps. Yes, I mean pairs of lamps in close proximity. Or, place a large mirror on the wall behind a table or desk that sports a lamp.
To me, the cost of electricity was worth it. No one said it wouldn’t cost any money to sell a house.
Also, ditch the ditzy table lamps. They take up too much tabletop real estate for the little bit of charm they bring to a space.
|Nothing beats a pair. Of lamps, that is. I changed the way the cord exited the base |
on one of these elephant lamps so they could face each other.
Best Floor Lamps
One clever way to add some drama to a room is with hidden lights that wash a wall with light. Make sure your walls are blemish-free and expertly painted when you aim a light at them at a sharp angle.
Proving the Rule
|What a cool way to hide a less-than-perfect view, but still |
let in the light. And there's always room for a creative lighting solution
like this sunny pendant fixture. Photo: Meredith
Are your rooms getting enough sunlight? Even if your windows are small – especially if your windows are small – there are ways to increase the amount of perceived light entering the room.
|You can't beat a white ceiling for bringing a room to life. Don't listen to people |
telling you that the wall color on the ceiling will heighten a room.
Light reflection matters more. Designer: Nate Berkus for Katie Lee.
I’ve given many ceilings a coat of fresh paint, and the client is always amazed at the difference one coat of bright white paint makes. Over time a ceiling can take on a dull grey or brown tone from dust, pollen, aging paint, nicotine or cooking oils in the air.
Light Your Way to a Purchase Offer“Plenty of light” is high on the wish list of most buyers. Even if you don’t have an abundance of natural light, you can still go a long way towards pleasing buyers by putting to work my tricks to create the sense of light-filled spaces in your home.