Boost your home value with light, bright floor plans

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements, Repair your home's value
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If you’re worried about home value–and who isn’t these days?–think light and bright. Walk around the house and look for ways to add natural or artificial light, open space and a few bright pockets of color. With a little home decorating finesse, you can turn a boring house into a fun designer’s showroom. And, you can boost your home value.

Kitchen Lighting Tips

In many homes, lighting can be a challenge. It’s either too bright or too dim, leaving areas without the right amount of light. When adding kitchen lighting, the challenge is to find the right mix of functional and aesthetic lighting. Here are tips from HGTV to get you started. The key is in layering the lighting to include:

  • Task–undercabinet lighting to help with meal prep
  • Ambient–to soften the glow
  • Accent–to shine light on a painting or mural
  • Decorative–to add the finishing touches, like a pendant over an island or sconces near the breakfast bar.

Home Decorating 101

Painting is by far the easiest way to add some color to a room. Try a splash of red in the foyer or a nautical blue in the bathroom. If you’re confused by which colors to add, try this color viewer by Benjamin Moore. When painting adjacent rooms, make sure the tones work well together.

Next comes the open concept. Try taking down a wall (non load bearing, of course), cutting a pass through with decorative arches or making a half wall to create openness. Try a wall between the dining room and kitchen or the family room and kitchen.

Take a look at this new open floor plan featured in Remodeling Magazine. Light, bright and highly desirable. That’s what boosts your home value.

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  1. One Response to “Boost your home value with light, bright floor plans”

  2. jamie
    Jan 31, 2011

    Lighting is getting harder to do these days with the needed CFL and LED options. I just put new dimmers in for most of my house lighting, but now I’m having trouble finding a cheap CFL light than can work on a dimmer. Any ideas?

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