Updated interior lighting is one of the most efficient ways to get a potential buyer’s eyes to light up. Just like a fresh coat of “greige’’ (a color between beige and gray) paint, lighting has the power to change the entire feel of a room instantly. It’s an affordable fix with maximum impact.
We’re currently using the transitional style of lighting to get our clients’ homes showcase ready. A mix between traditional and contemporary, its streamlined and sophisticated look tends to appeal to the broadest audience.
Here are a few of my go-to transitional-style light fixtures:
The “orb,’’ or round fixture, is replacing the traditional six-candle chandelier. In addition to a dining room or kitchen, these fixtures also light up a foyer.
When updating or installing kitchen pendants, it can be tricky to determine the size fixture you’ll need and how many will fit in the space. The rule of thumb is to space the lights 30 inches apart and 30 to 36 inches above the island surface.
Popular styles that will make your kitchen shine include:
Inspired by factories and older buildings, this style is now used in contemporary kitchens. Industrial-style lighting is common in Restoration Hardware designs.
Glass or clear pendants in a transitional style
Selected for its clean, linear lines, this style creates visual impact without taking up a lot of visual space. A favorite among stagers, potential buyers are able to move their eyes easily over, and through, the entire space. Stick with a polished nickel or chrome finish.
The kitchen pictured below had outdated bronze lantern-style fixtures that felt heavy and blocked the view of the large kitchen and eating area. When we installed these lighter glass fixtures, they opened up the space and showcased the full potential of this beautiful kitchen. (We also painted the cherry cabinets white, which also brightened the space.)
■ Stick with straight, clean lines and a polished nickel or chrome finish.
■ Avoid the glass shades that look like a bell — in other words, pronounced curves.
■ Stay away from sconces with mini shades.
■ Stick with the same rule of thumb as the sconces — opt for straight, box-like lines.
■ Stay away from curves or bell shapes.
■ Select polished nickel or chrome finishes.
This situation typically calls for a semi-flush-mount light, meaning there is a small gap between the ceiling and the fixture.
A couple of things to keep in mind as you select lighting and prepare your home for sale:
1. Be sure to combine the new lighting with existing fixtures. For example, if the sconces in the hallway are brushed nickel, pick a semi-flush fixture in the same material so they coordinate.
2. Focus your staging budget on high-priority areas, which include the first floor (or public spaces), the master bedroom, and the master bath.
Kara Woods, an award-winning home staging and design professional who specializes in the luxury market, teaches at the Academy of Home Staging and serves as Northeast regional vice president of the Real Estate Stagers Association. Send comments and questions to Address@globe.com. Subscribe to the Globe’s free real estate newsletter at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp.