Home Staging New York: Lighten and Brighten Your Way to a Successful Sale of Your Home

When selling a home, it is very important that it be light and bright.  Buyers do not respond well to dark spaces. 

Here are a few home staging tips and tricks to brighten up your home: 

  • Remove screens from windows – this lets more of the natural light through
  • Wash the windows – seems to be common sense, but you’d be surprised at what a difference it makes!
  • Remove awnings from windows and over doors
  • Trim or remove overgrown bushes and trees that are in front of windows

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  • Replace drapes with sheers where possible – sheers provide warmth and softness to a room but still let the light show through
  • Swap out low wattage bulbs for higher wattage ones


  • Keep all lights turned on during an open house or showings
  • Use uplighting in dark corners – either a tall floor lamp called a torchiere or a can light placed on the floor
  • Place wall and floor mirrors where they can reflect natural lightIMG_1005
  • Use neutral paint colors on the walls
  • Brighten up dark furnishings with throw pillows or a table runner in bright colors


Doing these simple and inexpensive changes to “lighten and brighten” when selling your home can reap its rewards – a 355% return on your investment, according to a Home Gain survey from 2007.

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5 Responses to “Home Staging New York: Lighten and Brighten Your Way to a Successful Sale of Your Home”

  1. Deana Says:

    Hello Donna,

    Nice tips on brightening a home! Thanks for mentioning HomeGain. You can add the HomeGain Home Improvement tool to your blog or website which allows people to figure out which home improvements to make and the cost and ROI associated with each home improvement.

    You can get the tool for your blog here http://www.homegain.com/webtools/home-sale-maximizer

    You can try out the tool for yourself here http://www.homegain.com/sellertools
    Warm Regards,

    Deana Morgan
    Affiliate Manager at HomeGain

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  4. Home Staging New York: Top 10 Mistakes Sellers Make When Presenting Their Homes for Sale – Part II « Says:

    […]  9.  Blocked Lighting/Dirty Windows – Buyers treasure natural light and sellers need to do everything to maximize it.  Trim back or remove overgrown bushes and trees that are blocking the windows, clean the windows, open up the drapes, and even remove the screens while the home is on the market to let in more natural light.  For more tips to lighten and brighten a home, click here.  […]

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