Ways to Brighten Homes

Ways to Brighten Homes in the Sales and Rental Markets

Interior Design  and Lighting tips.
One way to shine in a competitive housing sales and rental market is to create a good first impression. According to experts, there are few easy ways to make a good  impression and shine in the market place and these may include lighting candles, filling the home with fresh flowers or the welcoming aroma of fresh-baked cookies or hanging a wreath on the front door.

Home improvement experts say that investing in new kitchen work surfaces or remodelling bathrooms and upgrading showers will give the home a whole new look and that you are more than likely to recoup your investment in the rental or sales market.

A quick makeover can make quite a difference but you don’t have to spend a fortune, say experts at lighting control manufacturers like Lutron Electronics who produce inexpensive yet effective ways to increase a homes appeal while adding value and cutting costs by adding smart controlled systems and dimmer switches in key rooms of the home that can be controlled remotely along with other smart home products and services integrated with Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant

Dimmers can completely change the look and feel of a room while adding ambiance and creating moods, while also helping to save energy and increasing the life of low energy lightbulbs. Plus, your listing can include a mention of your special dimmers, voice or touch activated or app controls to differentiate your property from the rest.

Dimmers can improve the mood in large or small homes. A dimmer switch can turs a family room into a home theatre, a homework station a workout room, or create a romantic ambience at the flick of a switch.

If you want to really standout in your market you can add a wirelessly controlled system that includes heating and lighting that can be turned on or off remotely from the car, bed, patio or any room of the home. This type of system significantly increases value and attractiveness of the property while providing added safety benefits, such as tying in with a security system. To add security you can use lamps with low energy bulbs on timer switches or activated by low light levels or interior, exterior or entrance lighting that is activated by motion sensors or low light levels.

Adding dimmers is truly a quick fix that may require less than 15 minutes to install one. Dimmers are available online or at home improvement centres and lighting showrooms.

Investing in a good lighting system is sure way to brighten up any home and create more interest and attract more sales especially in the holiday home letting or Rental market.

London Design Festival Events

London Design Festival

Filed under Featured Interior Design Info, LDF

The London Design Festival comprises of 9 days of design events across the capital, showcasing the design and innovation of the world class creative community in the UK, with over 280 events across 25 design disciplines reflecting the breadth and width of design across London.

The London Design Festival included many Landmark Projects that gave many of the world’s most notable designers and architects the opportunity to produce work for many of London’s most familiar public spaces and bring design to a much wider audience. Trafalgar Square, the Southbank Centre, Covent Garden, St Paul’s Cathedral and the V&A that quite literally brought design out onto the street to celebrate hosting London Design Festival events with an ambitious Timber Wave sculpture that spiralled out from the entrance.

Timber wave sculpture at the V&A museum
Timber Wave Sculpture in American Red Oak by AL_A and Arup celebrating the London Design Festival at the V&A

Glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly at the V&A

Blown Glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly in the Rotunda entrance of the V&A museum

3D Printed sculpture with remarkably delicate hat by British Miliner Stephen Jones
3D Printed Bust of Lady Belhaven with remarkable re-imagined tra la la hat by Miliner Stephen Jones at the V&A

One of the leading design and architecture events taking place during the London Design Festival was 100% Design London in the great Hall of Earls Court that brought together design, interiors, surfaces, materials and futures for professionals with a taste taste for new sources of innnovative design, furniture, lighting, textiles, fabrics and interior fixtures and fittings from around the world.

Rhino Chair at 100% Design

Rhino Chair at 100% Design London. Part of a family of Animal Chairs that includes an I am the Walrus chair.

Bedroom furnishings and fittings by Fertini with jewel encrusted chair; sadly not real, at 100% design

Corita Rose colorful fabrics

Corita Rose vivid fabrics with strong imagery for upholstery and furnishings at 100% Design London

Blue sofa with buttons with flamingo cushion on French stand at 100% DesignBlue sofa with buttons and flowery flamingo cushion on French stand at 100% Design

Wooden and plastic surface designs

Wooden floor surface by Mafi. Plastic lenticular surface design by Style Conception at 100% Design

Wooden Desk

Sculpted wooden desk as seen at 100% Design

Wolf Sub Zero Pickup Truck at 100% Design
Wolf cookers and Sub Zero refrigeration pickup truck with old style livery at 100% Design

Triangle of London Design Festival events centred around the old Market in Spitalfield brought us to Origin Contemporary Craft Fair, Tent London and The Tramshed that became a good showcase for work by De La Espada, However, we first visited Designers Block in Clerkenwell.

Mime Artists at Designers Block
Performance artists with Mama light by Moon Jung Kim at Designers Block

Helga Matos Weaving at Designers-Block
Helga Matos Weaving display with performance artists weaving around designs at Designers-Block
Minsung Lee on her bench at Designers Block at LDF
Minsung Lee from London Met University on her back to back bench at Designers Block Opening Event
Matchstick Chair at Designers Block
Matchstick Chair by Korean graduate at Designers Block, if you want one there may be a 3 month waiting list!
Chair Designs at Tramshed during the London Design Festival
Coracle Chair Design by Benjamin Hubert and Flower Cup chair presented by De La Espada at Tramshed during the LDF

Tent London situated in an old Brewery presents over 200 international exhibitors, showing the latest in contemporary interior products and cutting edge design allowing you to feel the pulse and see some of the latest trends in furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, materials and accessories.

Anthony Hartley multi coloured chair
Mr Smith a multi-coloured laminated beechwood chair by UK furniture designer and cabinetmaker Anthony Hartley.

Anthony Hartley a Yorkshire based cabinet maker and furniture designer has drawn on all his experience and education in contemporay furniture to create Mr Smith a multi-coloured beechwood laminate chair with a high gloss acrylic finish. Hartley makes each piece by hand from original drawings to finished product so each chair has a unique DNA or customized colour sequence to create a chair inspired by the iconic Paul Smith stripes.

Muffin Pouffe by Matteo Bianchi
Muffin Pouffe handmade from the finest materials by Matteo Bianchi with a choice of ingredients and fillings
Bike on Bookshelf
Bike on Bookshelf at Tent. Now where is it that you said you left your bike?
Boeme Design at Tent London
Boeme Sofa at Tent London. Made an ideal spot to relax with a glass of wine and discuss fine fabrics with designer

Boeme design, furnishings and fabrics at Tent
Boeme design and fine art fabrics at Tent London

Calm textile sculpture by Anna Glasbrook at Tent London
Calm textile sculpture by Anna Glasbrook at Tent London

Origin: The Contemporary Craft Fair. Following Origin’s successful integration into the London Design Festival last year it returned to Old Spitalfields Market for the London Design Festival to offer an opportunity to see a diverse range of high quality, original crafts in one location. Showing a range of items from ceramics, furniture, metal work and glass to fashion accessories, jewellery and textiles.

Origin Craft Fair
Origin Craft Fair: 1. Jasmin Rowlandson 2. Melanie Bourget 3. BTU 4. Laura Thomas 5. Tsai Yoshikawa 6. Helen Noakes
Caribbean Style Interior
And So To Bed Caribbean Style Interior Design, winner of best stand design at Decorex 2011

Nicky Haslam stand at Decorex
Nicky Haslam showcase bedroom at Decorex 2011

Lighting Design at Decorex
Our favourite lighting display by Serip at Decorex during the London Design Festival

Innovative sculpted table design by Splinter Works
Innovative sculpted table design by Splinter Works

Conran Shop and Bibendum Restaurant
Conran designer furniture store and Bibendum restaurant in the restored Michelin building in Chelsea
Conran's Bibendum at Michelin House
Conran’s Bibendum at Michelin House that also featured in the London Restaurant Festival
This must be the giant Egg box 6.0 angle poise lamp hatchery at the Conran shop in Chelsea
Jaguar at Clerkenwell Design Week
Jaguar C-X75 concept car design showcased at Clerkenwell Design Week earlier in 2011

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