Lighting is a vital part of any type of design. Whether its for staging or re-design, having adequate and style appropriate lighting is essential. You can create a beautiful design but if the lamps or light fixtures don’t fit with the style of the space, they will stick out like sore thumbs.
This means all those lamps which have the bases styled as characters (Buzz Lightyear or Baseball players), animals, sports equipment or which are overly flowery or religious can really clash with the room’s overall style. For staging those types of lamps have to be edited out but sometimes its as easy as changing out the lampshade:
Empire Shade Coolie Shade Drum Shade
The first two style of shades are what we normally encounter. The empire shade is the most popular and the Coolie shade is often found on lamps purchased in the 1980’s. Changing them out for the Drum shade is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to give lamps a total facelift.
When it comes to ceiling lights or table pendants, dated fixtures often significantly affect how buyers view the home. Updating these lights or switching them out for neutral fixtures dramatically changes the overall feel of a home – very much the same way switching out brass light switch plates for white ones does.
When we gave this bathroom a facelift, if we had ignored the lighting then it would really have stuck out in a negative way.
Instead we opted to switch them out and the whole space felt cohesive and much more modern.
Lighting affects mood, colour and overall design style. When staging, its important to keep the lighting elements neutral. Investing in some modern fixtures makes an instant and significant impact in any space.
Changing from the pink flowered fixture to the neutral yet modern white linen drum provides an instant update and will change the feel of any space
When it comes to designing to live, the lighting can take on more personality and yet, like any of the elements in a space, it should be the proper scale and style as the rest of the room. I love lighting and I just wanted to share a few of my current favourites!
Whether you’re staging to sell or designing to live, don’t forget to pay attention to the lighting and make sure that it does the job you need it to do as well as reflecting the look and feel of the space.
Heather Cook ~ Rooms in Bloom Home Staging & Design