Let interior lighting take centre stage

21st January 2016  |  12:00am

Let interior lighting take centre stage

When it comes to selling your home, make sure your potential buyer sees it at its best and is able to imagine living there.

Good interior lighting encountered at the all-important first impression stage, can make your home feel spacious, clean and welcoming to buyers viewing your property. Strategically placed it can be used to accentuate architectural features such as fireside alcoves and shelving and lend an elegant focal point to a reception room.

However lighting can often be overlooked in the home staging process, now a major aspect of selling a home. Without doubt a house that is thoroughly cleaned and furnished well will please more buyers than one that isn't but it’s worth bearing in mind that poor lighting can make an otherwise clean interior look dingy, while harsh lighting can make even fine furnishings look unflattering. You can avoid this by assessing the lighting needs of each room and decorate with light accordingly.

In entrance halls and foyers, being the first point of contact and a space with no specific task lighting required, opt for dramatic but appropriate statement fixtures such as chandeliers in high-ceiling rooms, and decorative sconces for smaller entryways.

Make a good impression in the kitchen; ensure that task lighting is adequate, as it’s no secret that the kitchen is one of the major selling features of a home. A kitchen should have abundant ambient light (preferably some of it from sunlight), but you should not overlook the importance of task lighting. Installed directed lighting for specific tasks like cooking or preparing food at the cutting board and sink is a real plus point.  Directional track lighting is ideal for this, as it allows each light fixture to be aimed towards a specific area.

An example of a home that epitomises the use of inspiring lighting within its interiors is Primrose Cottage, a stylish house for sale in East Allington.  This delightful, brand new home accommodates three bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room and a stunning family bathroom with a roll-top bath. Downstairs is arranged as generous living and dining space with French doors leading to a flat levelled garden, a kitchen with integrated appliances including a dishwasher and washing machine and a cloakroom off the entrance. Outside there is ample parking to the front of the property with a wrap-around path to the rear garden which is laid to lawn with a detached shed in the corner.

Primrose Cottage is offered for sale at £279,000. For further information please contact Marchand Petit’s Kingsbridge office on 01548 857588.