Lighting


If you’ve never read my blog before you have missed my rants about lighting.  Updated light fixtures are so affordable and improves the look of a room dramatically. Shopping for lighting and overwhelmed by choices here’s a hint — DO NOT BUY ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE THESE!  Cheap Cheap Cheap!

These are inexpensive, and look that way too!

Light bars like these are inexpensive but look cheap and the light is glaring

Dated Entry fixtures

I know they still sell fixtures like these . . . don't be fooled - they aren't stylish and the bulbs are expensive!

Wonder what kind of light fixtures interior designers would choose?  We are in the process of an update in our bathroom and I just had to give you a sneak peek!

I knew I wanted something a bit unusual for our own bathroom and didn’t want to buy the ordinary.  These are great bathroom light choices, but aren’t really unique.

Bathroom lights - do they go up or down?

Light sconces for bathrooms can go up or down

3 light bronze light fixtures

This is one of my favorite choices for bathroom lighting

square design for bathroom light fixture

Our choice for bathroom light fixtures

When we saw this light fixture I thought it was really attractive and unique.

stylish bathroom lights

Here they are installed (mirrors to follow)

I just love the squarish shape and how close to the wall the lights are.

The cabinetry we had made is shaker style – more square shapes.

How do you like the lights with the backsplash?

light fixture should coordinate with other metal colors in the room

light fixture should coordinate with other metal colors in the room

beautiful mosaic glass tile backsplash

Love Love Love this backspash!

Can you see in the backsplash tiles how the glass is actually crackled — another unique feature I just loved!

unique bedroom ceiling light fixture

Light coordinates with our master bedroom fixture too

Some people like to have themes for their rooms — Beachy, Tuscan, Palm Trees, but in my humble opinion these design styles  get tiresome very quickly.

Rooms can be coordinated by color and by shapes.  I think our square shapes look quite stylish – how about you?  Can’t wait to complete these spaces and share the final pictures!

Thanks for letting us share our remodel with you!

Margaret Oscilia is partner and a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting which offers home staging and interior design services throughout the Salem, Albany and Corvallis areas. Creating beautiful spaces to come home to, and winning strategies for home sellers is their specialty! 503-881-0886

One rewarding aspect of our business and blog is that people actually read what we write and take our advice!  Wow! (As a mom of 5 my advice at home isn’t always appreciated as you can imagine.)

Just had to share the pics one of our readers sent to us last week!

She’s been reading our blog and knows how I feel about broadway lights!

 

Broadway lights do not speak "elegance and style"

 

Here is her before photo of the vanity area.

The light bar was over 5′ long!

Don’t you love all the little sample containers on the counter top and the image in the mirror of the test paint patches!  (Looks like fun to me!)

(We can have 8×11 color samples mailed to our clients at no charge – takes about a week.)

 

New light fixture and paint

 

Emily painted a framed mirror which also gave a richer feel to the space.

She painted the room,

and updated the lighting with a contemporary sconce style fixture.

 

Tub area before updating

 

The window coverings were changed as well.

 

Tub after updating - AHHHH!

 

In pictures, the old bathroom paint color looks warm, but the new sage color gives it a whole new “restful retreat” spa image!

What a great view from the window too!

Thanks for sharing your pictures Em!

Creating a beautiful space you love to come home to is SO rewarding!

Other blogs you may find interesting:

Updating Bathroom Lighting

How Much is that Gallon of Paint?

Decorating Dated Bathrooms on a Dime!

Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager and Redesign Specialist of Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting provides interior design and staging services throughout Oregon.

Looking for a way to give a dated bathroom some pizazz? When preparing your home for sale, one affordable and high impact improvement can be achieved by changing dated light fixtures in bathrooms.

If your bathroom features broadway light bars, or other dated fixture styles, here are some tips to help you make updating bathroom lighting easier!

Evaluate your space. Is there a existing light that isn’t painted behind the fixture?  Is there limited clearance to the ceiling or vanity mirror?

How large of a fixture do you need? Most fixtures come is 1-6 light models.  Measure how large you want the fixture  to look before heading to the store.

Consider metal finishes in the other elements of the room. For a sophisticated look, metal finishes should match.  If your faucets are chrome and the towel bars are oiled bronze, brushed nickel or another metal finish, choose the finish that will coordinate with the updated towel bars.

Sometimes the cheapest light fixture isn’t the best buy. While lights are quite easy to install, some “contractor grade” fixtures are more flimsy and can be harder to install.  If you are preparing your home for sale, be sure the fixture is one that is not too contemporary or dated, but a simple traditional style that will  be appealing to the general public.

Avoid broadway lights!  Installing this style of fixture is not an upgrade.

(That’s all I’m going to say about this style of vanity light!)

So what are some good lighting styles and finishes when updating bathrooms?

Simple, traditional styles work in most homes.

This second example has a larger “footprint” and will cover a space that may not have been painted behind an existing fixture easily.

Avoid fixtures that are too ornate.

Simple lines and contemporary finishes are nearly always a safe choice.

When potential home buyers enter this room, they no longer will be struck with how horrible the lighting is, which previously would have been their first impression.  This bathroom still has a dated counter top, but the improvement made by simply replacing the light fixture (under $50) and changing the decor gave the room an entirely different look and feel.

More questions about bathroom updating or preparing to sell?  We love your emails or comments on our post!!  Helping home sellers make wise updating choices is our passion!

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This morning a local big box store flyer highlighted their sales items for this weekend.  The items they have on sale were items I hope none of my readers would consider buying!

This light fixture is on sale for $9.97 . . . but unless you are starring in a Broadway show does anyone really like to see themselves with these type of lights glaring down at them?

No.

If updating your bathroom and planning on selling in the future – please — do not buy this type of light bar!  It may be a good price, but it screams cheap cheap cheap!

This faucet was $29.98 but is on sale for $19.88.

I wouldn’t recommend this style of faucet at any price.

When buying homes people notice things light faucets and light fixtures.

This one also looks inexpensive and if you have ever seen these type of handles when they are dirty – eeeoooowwww!

Here is another faucet that was also advertised in another big box flyer today.

This was on sale for $28.00 — only $8 more than the above faucet.

It is a Price Pfisher brand (a brand which people see as a quality name) AND doesn’t it look so sleek and contemporary.

Easy to keep looking clean too.

When choosing faucets or light fixtures to update your space, the right choice can have a huge impact — and often is priced just a few dollars more than something that looks far more inexpensive!

Shop around and make sure to spend your updating budget wisely!

Moving or improving in Oregon? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.  What can we do to help you today? Contact Margaret Oscilia at 503-881-0886!

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As professional home stagers, one hot staging tip we frequently make is to update light fixtures.  Entry light fixtures have an important role in giving home buyers a good first impression.  This small investment in time and money can have a huge return on investment.  When preparing your home for sale it is important to choose fixtures that are contemporary and neutral.

Before shopping consider:

  • How much light the space needs (1, 2 or 3 bulb? – the brighter the better for most homes!)
  • What other metal finishes are in viewed from the space?  If it is an entry fixture and views into the living room, the fixtures should be the same metal finish.
  • Size and type of fixture – ceiling mount, semi flush mount or chandelier (chandeliers examples will be explained further in separate blog)

The challenge is many lighting stores still sell LOTS of fixtures we do not recommend for Oregon and Washington homes!    If the fixture has brass or bright gold do not buy it. It will not give the updated look you wish to achieve.   Most fixtures that are painted white look inexpensive and should be passed by as well.

Here are some picture examples of What Not To Buy:

These light fixtures are in the same price range, but will give a much better impression.  All these would work well for an entry area that is not vaulted.

These light fixtures could also be a good choice for a master bedroom update.  All these fixtures are between $30 to $50.

Don’t let choosing a light fixture be intimidating.  Simple, classic and contemporary are good guidelines when preparing your home for sale.  This small change will have a surprising impact on your entry’s first impression!

Moving or improving in Oregon? Creative Concepts and Contracting has the expertise to showcase your home’s full potential, stretch your budget, and maximize your time.  What can we do to help you today? Contact Margaret Oscilia at 503-881-0886!

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