Home staging mood lighting is one of the design options which can really provide an inexpensive and highly effective boost to the appeal of your property, inside and out. Mood lighting is defined as specialized illumination which creates a particular emotion. The effect can be achieved using direct or indirect lighting fixtures and is often enhanced using colored bulbs, dimmers, and even fiber-optic technologies for a wide range of possible effects.
This dialog explains mood illumination techniques and advises on the best strategies for integrating mood lighting into any home staging plan.
Indoor Home Staging Mood Lighting
Indoor lighting is rarely viewed as more than a necessity. However, mood lighting can really create a range of psychological tones in your home, which can help to make an emotional connection between prospective buyers and your residence.
I advise my clients to use dimmers, if they are available, to spread interior lighting over as many areas as possible. Rather than 1 bright and blinding overhead fixture in a room, it is far more aesthetically pleasing to have multiple sources of direct and indirect illumination all set to brighten their immediate space. I like to use a combination of overhead, upwards and indirect lighting at furniture height, and at eye level, to really enact a textured look in almost any room.
Using quality pure white light bulbs will also really make a big difference in the room’s rich color palate.
Outdoor Mood Lighting
Exterior lighting is always important for both safety and environmental functionality, especially at night. Mood lighting can be added to provide increased curb appeal, in the form of colored spot lights on the front of your home and on select landscaping features. However, mood lighting is especially advised for the back yard, where it can really liven up entertaining spaces, such as pools, decks and terraces.
Colored lighting, fiber-optic lighting and even rope lighting can all add a festive and exciting element to an outdoor space, be it for a party or just a nice family gathering.
For large yards, make sure to provide adequate illumination away from the house as well, to detail the yard and highlight the size and scope of the property.
Home Staging Mood Lighting Suggestions
Mood lighting does just what the name implies: It creates a mood. Obviously, when done poorly or kitschy, the mood created in potential buyers will not be positive, so the effect will be wasted. However, when mood lighting is executed with an expert touch, the effect can be magical.
Lighting can truly create an emotional tone within a home, soothing a buyer and making them more inclined to desire the space for their own. Neglecting lighting when staging a home is disastrous, since buyers notice every small detail subconsciously, even if the lack of adequate lighting does not register consciously.