Lighting your home needn’t simply be a practicality. In fact, the lighting you choose in your home can have a big influence on the impression your home makes on potential buyers, and this detail should not be overlooked.
Here are a few quick and easy tips to get the lighting in your home from drab to dazzling in no time.
Make ample use of natural light
Natural light is your biggest asset when potential buyers come to view the property. You want them to see every part of your home, and opening the curtains to let in as much natural light as you can is key. Dark rooms seem cramped and much smaller than they actually are, and darkness during the day creates an atmosphere that is heavy and uninspiring. If there’s a tree with branches that obscure light, get it trimmed. You’d be amazed at the difference it can make to just give all the windows a good wash. Use décor elements like mirrors to amplify the light that enters through your windows.
Make sure the front of your home and its entrance is properly lit
Putting up lights in your driveway and on your porch isn’t just a good way to deter potential criminals from targeting your property, it also creates a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and ensures that everyone can find their way around the garden. Take care to not use lights that are so bright that they light the entire street, though! Lights outside your property should be bright enough to illuminate the garden, but not overly bright so it makes it difficult to sleep at night. LED lighting is energy efficient and not too bright. Using in-ground lights along the driveway is another way to ensure visibility, but keep things modest.
Mix it up
The key to good lighting in every room is to play with different light sources and degrees of brightness. Installing dimmers in the living room, kitchen and dining room will make for an enticing feature in the home. Having the ability to dim or brighten the lights according to your needs at any given moment allows you to create the atmosphere you want. If you’re cooking, you might want bright light, but when it comes to sitting down and having a meal, muted light is more preferable. Dimmers allow you to have the best of both worlds.
Experts also recommend that you use more than one light source to create the perfect lighting for every scenario. Use lamps to illuminate pieces of décor or areas that you want to focus on, and diffuse the light with white or neutral lampshades. Harsh light is utterly unappealing and will do nothing in terms of enhancing the décor and interior design elements in your home.
When potential buyers come to view your home, ensure that the lighting accentuates those areas that will draw the attention and warrant another visit or even an immediate interest in buying your house.
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