If you’re a house owner, you’ve probably thought about low maintenance, high reward ways to advance your property value at least once. A house is the biggest purchase most people make in their lifetime, so maximizing return should be top of mind.
At Atlantic Building Inspections, we recommend installing good-quality lighting systems. Good lighting systems not only elevate the home’s aesthetic and make it look more expensive and refined but can also positively affect the property value. Interior designers always recommend that lighting is the most vital element in designing a room and is also one crucial factor that should not be overlooked when selling the property.
Below are some expert lighting tricks to make selling your home more accessible in the long run.
- Go for LED bulbs
Make your house appear as bright as you can. Avoid bulbs that give off a warm or yellow light, as these make the rooms feel dimly lit. Instead, go for white LED light bulbs that instantly brighten any room. Cool and calm white lights contain more blue light, making the rooms feel airy and more spacious.
- Always pay attention to natural light
No matter how much importance is attached to lighting and decorative lamps in the house, natural light must always play a crucial role. That is why, in big rooms with big windows, the passage of light must be enhanced during the hours of the day when natural lighting is available.
This is why, when decorating the home, experts always consider the location of the windows for the orientation of the spaces. Moreover, the living room or dining room must always be designed according to this light and not the artificial one that can be placed.
- Go for spotlights to highlight innovative things in the house
Use lighting to subtly focus on a feature wall, architectural element or essential possessions (like your mahogany leather sofa or an expensive vintage artwork). For example, wall-mounted lights symmetrically arranged on either side of a statement mirror above the mantelpiece of a fireplace can add warmth, sophistication and elegance to any room. Proper lighting helps highlight the furniture and the chosen shades on walls or textiles and creates a greater sense of space. Misused, it can achieve the opposite, making the house appear dull, dark and unwelcoming.
- Go for decor complimenting smart light lampshades
If you use them at all, Lampshades aren’t just decorative pieces- they make a massive difference in the quality of light you get out of your lamp. Therefore, it’s vital to know your lighting goal when choosing a shade. Lighter lampshades enable more light into the room, while darker shades will make the light more localized and shine above and below the fixture.
In addition, adding smart lamps to a house will increase the appeal to buyers. If you can walk them through your home and show off how easy it is to control the lamps, this will add to the wow factor, especially if they haven’t got smart lamp lighting in their current house.
- Layer the lighting around the house
Look around your home and ensure there aren’t any dark corners or shady spots. Don’t rely on just a single overhead light; layer lighting levels from several sources, with a mix of table lamps on surfaces, floor lamps, and wall lights to cast a cosy glow. Highlight all focal point features or architectural details with accent lighting. Use lighting to make the most of a room’s shape and size – as up lighting makes a room feel big. Layered lighting helps to create an illusion of height, and lighting clusters make larger rooms seem cosier.
- Use direction light for night-time
Midnight washroom breaks are made worse with harsh lighting, which leads to temporary blindness upon flicking a switch. Instead, invest in directional floor level lighting in hallways, staircases, and the washroom to create soft warmth and a guide.
- Always create a lighting plan
If you’re beginning from scratch or just redecorating a room, create a small lighting plan that can tackle the essentials. Think about what activities take place in each room and the critical features of a room you wish to highlight. Consider scale, style, output, and even light color temperature before you rush into lighting decisions.
If you plan to put your house on the market, Atlantic Building Inspection believes these lighting tips are worth trying. To know more about how our house inspectors can help increase the value of your house, connect with us today!