• 3 Proven Ways To Brighten Up A Gloomy Property

    Greenwich Village Livingroom Dining Room
    Dark Living/Dining Room Before Updates and Staging

    When you’re trying to sell a property that feels dark and gloomy, it can seem almost impossible to attract buyers.  No buyers, means no offers.  Fortunately, there are some easy things you can change to brighten things up and make a more welcoming atmosphere for buyers.

    Here are 3 of my favorite, proven ways to turn dark and gloomy into bright and cheery:

    1. Swap out dark furnishings for lighter color options.  Dark furniture will soak up the light and provide less visual space to potential buyers.  The less space your buyer perceives, the less money they will offer.
    2. Make sure each room is adequately lit for its size and location in the house.  Simply relying on wall sconces, or small recessed lights is a mistake.  Good lighting should be well placed throughout a space to create a more balanced feeling.  Lastly, whenever possible use the brightest bulbs available.

      Greenwich Village Livingroom Dining Room
      Brighter, More Inviting Livingroom /Dining Room
    3. Forget about your stylish navy, purple, red, or even brown walls.  While these colors might work well for your personal style, they also soak up a lot of light, and can give a room the appearance of being smaller and darker than it actually is.  Now you don’t have to settle for a stark builder’s white.  Gray has actually become the new white.  You can even try softer shades of white as an alternative. Read more about painting for sale in my post:  When Painting With Color Is Good For Selling A Staged Home

    Try these proven tips the next time you have a property that isn’t showing well and you’ll be amazed at the results.  Read about the results many of my clients have experienced on my Praises page.

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Jewell Staley


Jewell Staley is the Founder and CEO of Grande Properties LLC, a full-service home staging and project management company serving the New York Tri-State area. Her unique experience as a real estate investor and a professional home stager landed her company a recurring role on A&E TV's hit show, "Flip This House". Jewell holds an MBA from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University.