Lighting is very important in any home. It creates an ambiance and is also a showplace in any home. It definitely can make or break a room. Renters often overlook this key part of their decor. This can be updated with floor or table lamps, that can be easily moved around or switching out a ceiling fixture with wall scones, overhead lighting or something else (as shown below). It makes a huge difference!
Builder style fixtures shout rental and we can’t have that! Having a stylish focal point is key. Switching light fixtures to suit your decor is a very easy way to change the look of your space. They usually come with instructions that tell you everything you need to know. The scary part is playing around with electrical wiring. I would suggest asking someone who is familiar with doing it and saving yourself any unnecessary stress or injury. Also, don’t forget to turn off the electricity before you start!
You can find a few inexpensive fixtures at the local hardware store, install them, and the lighting is so much better now! Don’t forget to save old fixtures so that you can re-install them with the original fixture when you move out or the new tenant is going to get a great “welcome home” gift! Lamp shades accentuate your environment and take it to a different level. To keep the brightness of the room stick to light-colored lamp shades. Good examples are white, cream, light grey, or the darkest I would go is a taupe color.
Some key points to remember about your lighting:
1. Brighter bulbs are a must for overhead lights. 80-100 watt bulbs should do the trick. It will make a great improvement to the room.
2. Add under cabinet lights. Lighting counter tops for the times that you are prepping food. Fluorescent, xenon or halogen bulbs work well as an affordable choice. If you want to splurge a bit, use LED which are smaller, release less heat and last longer.
3. Use Mirrors to emphasize you lighting. This works especially well if you don’t have a lot of room or money for additional lighting. It reflects the lighting in your home and doesn’t need to be necessarily mounted on the wall to affect the drywall. it can also be propped up against the wall.