Lighting and Staging

Lighting and Staging

One of the most frequent questions I get asked as a stager is "what are the key elements of staging.  I always give the same answer.  Light, bright and space.  Today I'm going to talk about light and bright.  

Lighting is such a key element in any apartment staging.  It kinda cracks me up: everyone seems to want light and bright spaces and then they spend a lot of time, effort and money covering up that light!  But regardless, buyers want it so we always deliver it.  And I know any good broker comes into an apartment and turns on all the lights regardless of how much natural light is streaming through those windows.  

For me, there are several different types of light that I try to put into every room.  Of course, there's the natural light coming into the room from the windows.  Then I check to see whether or not there is another source of room light, which is usually an overhead light.  Third, I check for my favorite type of light, ambient light, which is given by table lamps and floor lamps.  For me, this is the most beautiful and welcoming light and fills the middle section of the room.  It creates that warm and friendly and inviting light.  And finally, there is task lighting for artwork, desks, bookcases, etc.  I try to give each of my rooms at least 3 of these different types of light.  For example, natural light from the window, overhead light from the ceiling and ambient light from lamps will make your room absolutely glow and feel welcoming.  


Hello & Welcome to Manhattan Staging Blog

Hello and welcome to this blog and our new website.  Not sure if you know yet, but from drab to FAB has changed its name and is now Manhattan Staging.  We did this for two reasons.  First, we thought it was time to grow our name into our more mature business.  And Second, we thought it was a much easier name to remember.  Let's hope it works!!!!

This blog post is for me to talk about staging issues facing sellers who want to stage their apartments for themselves, issues facing professional stagers, or any questions you may have about life!!! :).  So let me know if you have any questions about staging, a future renovation or just general questions about life (HA!) and I'll be glad to give you my opinion.  And anyone who knows me, knows I have an opinion for just about everything.  

So welcome to my world and I hope we can have some fun together and well as share some information and maybe even bring about world peace.