Don't you LOVE finding new ways to update your house but not spend a lot of money? And updates that are noticeable and truly effective? Well, changing the lighting throughout your home can be one of those options. Truth is, you probably never thought about your lighting or even noticed it. But i'll bet you are now. There are so many options for lighting these days...and in every price range. Allow me to make a few suggestions.
2. Landscape lighting is easy to install as well, if you know what you're doing. It can give a warm glow to your home at night. You will need access to an exterior electrical outlet that is designed for the exterior of your home. Preferably, this would be near the location of your lights. Just read and follow the instructions for the amount of wiring, lights and how powerful the power pack timer needs to be. Up-lighting your home or trees is always a beautiful way to enhance your home. I don't recommend solar landscape lighting. They really don't gather enough energy to really be effective. Do NOT line lights up along your driveway or sidewalk. A passing jet may mistake you for a landing strip and land in your front yard!
Don't forget your patio or deck when it comes to ceiling fans. They can be a nice addition on a warm summer day.
6. Entry lighting - If you have a large entry way with high ceilings, you more than likely have some kind of large pendant light hanging there. Don't forget to update these as well. I've seen homes here in Omaha that often have large windows at the entry way to highlight the lighting in the entry way. Take advantage of that. With this installation, because the ceilings are so high, you'll probably need a professional to install it for you.
7. Lamps - I am a lamp lover! Lamps add so much warmth to a room and creates an ambience that overhead lighting cannot. I use lamps everywhere! Not only in bedrooms, but in my bathrooms, my kitchen, my entry way.....anywhere there is an outlet, I'll try to put a lamp there. You can spend hundreds of dollars on lamps, or pick up great ones at garage sales or even Goodwill. With the last two options, you'll probably want to shop for a new shade. Just make sure the shade is in correct proportion to the lamp. Important - any time you are showing your home to potential Buyers, turn on every light in your house, including all of your lamps. Lighting makes your home feel so much brighter, especially if you don't have a lot of windows, it's winter time or maybe you have a north/south exposure without much direct sunlight.
OK, at this point your might be saying, "Dang, Jennifer! That's a lot of money to change out all those lights!" Ever heard the saying, "Rome wasn't changed in a day"? Take your time and work through your home as your budget allows. Maybe you can replace one light fixture a month or maybe one a paycheck. Only you can decide that. Start planning your new lighting plan. I see a "bright" future for you and your home! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)