The Right Lighting Could Help You Sell Your Home

A modern living room with a gray couch lit by a floor lamp.
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When you put your home on the market, you’re likely anticipating all the ways you can get the most bang for your buck. From small renovations to paint colors, there’s a lot to consider, but the one thing you shouldn’t overlook is lighting.

Francis Toumbakaris, owner and principal designer at Francis Interiors, told U.S. News & World Report that lighting is a major factor in making your home look expensive. What you want to avoid the most is overhead lighting.

Toumbakaris says it should never be the only source of light in your home. Instead, you should create a warmer, softer light that’ll give your home a “more elegant ambiance.”

Lights that cast shadows on potential buyers are a real no-go. Unfortunately, if you live in an older home, that might be your only option. In that case, try to rely on natural light instead of harsh, overhead options.

If you can have your home staged, or if you’re showing it while still living there, floor and tabletop lamps are a good way to provide the light you need for a showing without making things look harsh.

And if you want to be more on-trend, you might want to consider installing some smart lighting to impress potential buyers.

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