Brightening up Older Homes With New Lights
July 24, 2019
There are lots of small and inexpensive improvements you can make in order to refresh your older home to make it feel less dated to buyers at the open house. First impressions are key, so even if you can’t afford a major remodel, you can take small steps to brighten up your home.
Deciding which improvements are right for each specific property is largely guided by budget and prioritizing which areas of the home need the most attention. However, one improvement we almost always recommend to clients selling older homes is replacing outdated light fixtures. It’s a very cost effective way to brighten up a living space (literally), and adds a tasteful modern touch to an older home.
Popular lighting styles have shifted so much over the years, and as a result lights tend to be some of the more obviously dated features in an older home. Unlike hardwood floors, which can still look gorgeous in original condition if properly maintained, lights from the 1950’s don’t generally age well. It’s best to swap them out, even if it’s just for a cheap contemporary. That being said, not all new lights are improvements! Stick with something simple, clean and understated. Avoid lights with lots of points and edges, or lights made with multiple colors or finishes.
Pictured below are some examples of lights we’ve recently had installed at clients homes. If you’re interested in swapping out lights in your own home, give us a call and we’d be happy to offer some recommendations!