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A Fresh Home Update with Lighting

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Updating your home’s look with new lighting can instantly freshen your look, and you don’t have to break the bank to do it!  Replacing dated lamps and lighting fixtures is an especially important project if you are considering selling your home in the near future. New fixtures brighten your space, and minimize the list of upgrades potential buyers will have to tackle. Why not love your house now and make it attractive to future buyers!

Lamps Plus

Let’s start with overhead lighting. The best way to conquer the challenge is with recessed lighting , but that can cost up to $150-200 a can to install. If that isn’t an option, consider a flush mount fixture. Whatever you select, make sure all overhead lighting is on a dimmer.

Now let’s get one thing straight. If you have one of these, replace it. They date your house and just look, well….cheap. It’s because they are a whopping $25 at Home Depot.


Fortunately, you have many attractive and cost-effective alternatives. An easy flush mount option, especially if you have 8′ ceilings is this fixture from Lowe’s with a cost under $70.

Lowe’s Flush Mount Fixture

This choice from Lamps Plus is $130. I like it the way it disappears into the ceiling making it appear taller. It’s like wearing nude pumps to make your legs look longer!

Lamps Plus

If you don’t find a flush mount you like, go the semi-flush mount route with these possibilities. This $70 fixture is from Home Depot. It’s economical and the sleek transitional look goes with all styles.

Home Depot

…or this pretty $90 fixture from Home Depot.

Home Depot

For a more retro yet timeless look, consider a schoolhouse globe from Home Depot.

Home Depot


Scan your table lamps. Transition them into current shapes, neutral colors and minimal pattern. My favorite is the Suzanne Kasler gourd lamps from Ballard Designs. These frequently go on sale and can be purchased from $50-130 depending on size. Best yet, they come with a tapered drum shade. Done and done!



Ballard Designs

Target is a terrific spot for lamps if forever quality isn’t your objective. This large boxed lamp is only $33, not including shade. For this price, you could splurge on a finely made linen shade from Lamp Arts and have a gorgeous lamp.


This beauty is the Sloane Circular Base table lamp from World Market with a cost of $60, plus $20 for a white linen shade.

World Market

Sometimes all you need is a new shade.

Shades of Light


Home Depot

Shade shapes to try are drums, either straight-sided or tapered, or rectangular. Visit Overstock.com’s guide to matching shades to lamps, take your lamp with you when shopping, or bring home several shades to try. Always go with light colored shades that will brighten and give the appearance of enlarging your rooms.

Of course, as with most design choices, it’s best to consult a design professional to ensure that you have the perfect size and scale. Contact me for a list of my staging and design preferred  vendors in all price ranges.


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