Littman Bros Lighting Shows Home Renovations on the Rise in 2013

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During home renovations, a simple upgrade to your home lighting can significantly increase the value of your home. Swap out an older chandelier or pendant for a newer fixture can dramatically create an entirely new look and feel for your home.

Littman Bros Lighting deals with the trials and tribulations within the real estate collapse on a daily basis with various clients, a problem that has caused more people to put a halt to their new housing plans; this, in turn has resulted in people deciding to renovate instead of finding something brand new.

Whether homeowners are renovating to update and beautify their home or renovate to sell when the market finally takes a turn, there is no question that there is an increase in home renovations, and lighting is an important part of any renovation project.

A major trend seen when renovating the home is a focus on kitchens and bathrooms, as they are the priority selling features of the home and can create the most equity and return in investment.

According to a houzz.com survey about renovation in America, “53 percent of homeowners agree now is a good time to renovate a home” and the survey further proves that bathrooms and kitchens remain the top priority projects across the U.S., with 28 percent of respondents planning a bathroom remodel and 23 percent planning a kitchen remodel or addition. Within the survey, more than 100 thousand people provided houzz.com with responses.

And why are American homeowners renovating? Well, houzz.com found that the motivation behind this renovation buzz is homeowners wanting to “improve the look, feel, flow or layout of the home” while also “investing to increase home value.”

There are a lot of aspects to cover when renovating the home but it shouldn't be forgotten that lighting is one of the most vital factors. Enhancing a home with the right amount of light can definitely add to the perceived square footage by brightening and lightening up a space. When updating or restructuring a home lighting scheme there are some simple ways to achieve a composed and harmonious balance of light in the space you are trying to renovate. Each room needs certain lights and types of lighting within them but when it comes to kitchens, there are some easy steps to take when lighting that area of the home:

  •     Recessed lighting or track lighting is a wonderful way to utilize some ambient light into a space; within a kitchen these types of ceiling lights will work great when placed around the cabinets and workspace.
  •     Under cabinet lighting like LED tape lights or strips, are very discreet when installed and add that much needed task lighting, eliminating shadows.
  •     Ceiling lighting, like chandeliers, flush mounts island lights and pendants provide plenty of light and will always contribute to the décor of a room.
  •     Table lamps and floor lamps have a warm and flattering light.
  •     Task lighting is essential in a kitchen; add hanging pendants or mini pendants to any island or peninsula.
  •     Up lighting is a sought-after type of lighting over the kitchen dining area and can be achieved with simple bowl fixtures or a chandelier.

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