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Use Light to Make Your House Shine

 In a climate where natural light can be quite weak particularly at this time of year, it’s important to let as much of it into our homes especially if you’re showing your house to potential buyers. Open all the curtains and blinds, turn on all the lights and look at each room through the eyes of a buyer. Position mirrors beside windows, and make sure they are spotlessly clean to really make the most of the light. Keep in mind that viewings may happen when it’s dark outside, so it’s a good idea to repeat the exercise in the evening, when there is less natural light.

Sometimes wall colours and decor can make a room seem dark no matter how much light is pouring into the room. If you don’t want to paint or replace these things, here are some alternatives you could consider.  Use coloured throws, bedlinen, curtains, rugs and other accessories to brighten up the space.

Choosing the right lighting for the right room.

The lighting you pick for each individual room needs to reflect the practical use of the room and also the desired atmosphere. Here are some tips to help you make the right lighting choices


The Kitchen needs to be really well-lit, with both overhead and directional lighting to create maximum functionality.

  • Spotlights work well in kitchens, either ceiling sunk, or on a bracket. They ensure that the light is well-distributed and as shadow free as possible.
  • Under-cabinet lighting will light up work surfaces & the sink and special features such as an Aga can be specifically lit with directional lighting to enhance them.
  • Shiny accessories, such as a  chrome kettle and toaster will sparkle and maximise the existing light

Sitting room:

  • This is usually a well-used room, so make sure the general level of lighting is suitable for a variety of different tasks
  • Picking out a feature wall with directional spotlight helps to create interest and drama
  • Any ‘hidden’ lighting, for example behind cabinets, will diffuse the light and create soft uniform lighting
  • Use dimmers to change the lighting mood
  • Highlight attractive artwork and plants with individual light fittings


  •  Overhead lighting is best controlled by a dimmer switch which will create a calm and intimate atmosphere
  •  Lamps will make bedroom reading easy without raising the overall lighting level too much

Other Lighting Ideas:

Don’t forget the garden!

  • Kerb appeal is just as important at night as it is during the day. Potential buyers may drive by at any hour to check out your home and neighborhood.  
  • A well-lit garden not only invites buyers, it also discourages burglars. Your potential buyers may not be consciously thinking about it, but they will probably feel safer in your neighborhood, the more light they see.
  • Path lighting creates a welcoming impression and a whole new world of shadows and interesting shapes.

Creative lighting can really transform the dullest darkest house.   Just think carefully about the mood you’re trying to create and the use for the room, and plan accordingly.

If you would like advice on this or other elements of selling your home why not contact the team at Delaney Estates today.

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Delaney Estates – February 2024

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