Aesthetics and Design: Architectural Features That Will Boost House Interest

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When it comes to buying or selling a property, there are many different aspects that can distinguish a ‘standard’ house from a more interesting, desirable one. From a safe neighbourhood and close-knit community to being located in the proximity of schools and other amenities, many factors play an important role in buyers’ decision-making process. In this respect, even the property’s name or address can affect the appeal and selling price of the building.

However, it is fair to say that, when planning their next move, homebuyers view the aesthetics and appearance of a house as crucial components too. But what architectural features are bound to increase the interest of people in search of a new abode? What elements are guaranteed to catch their attention? Here, we explore some of the design characteristics that could enhance the overall house valuation of a property for sale.

Large windows

There is no hiding that natural light has a vast array of benefits for our well-being. It enhances our mental health, makes us happier, and improves both our focus and productivity. Hence, a property brimming with sunlight has the power to capture the interest of potential buyers from the outset.

Large windows are an excellent source of natural light, making the house feel more spacious, luminous, and welcoming. Not only that, but wide windows will also limit the need for artificial lighting during the day, and therefore reduce bill costs at the end of the month. As utility prices soar, this is likely to be an aspect that most purchasers will take into careful consideration.

Decorative mouldings

Architectural features that draw people’s eyes upwards can spark genuine curiosity. Decorative mouldings, in particular, are an excellent way to add elegance, character, and quirkiness to a house. Moreover, they have the ability to truly lift a room, creating the illusion of more space.

Ultimately, decorative mouldings upgrade the aesthetics and value of a property on the market, incentivising buyers to make a swifter and heftier move.

Fine woodwork

Original and custom-made woodwork is another design element that can have a positive impact on the valuation of a house for sale. Wooden window frames, box ceilings, doors, and bookshelves not only gift a strong personality to a room but also grab the attention of potential homebuyers.

If you are selling your property, make sure to polish your woodwork and paint it in a lighter colour. This will provide the house with a smarter, more modern ambience that is bound to attract potential home-hunters. 

Ceiling beams

There is no denying that space and dimensions are always vital factors for a property. High ceilings can work wonders in making a house look airier and more luxurious. If the house you are planning to place on the market has tall ceilings, why not make the most of this great asset?

In this respect, you may want to consider investing in eye-catching ceiling beams. This architectural feature never ceases to impress home-seekers, and it can revitalise the appearance of a room. From sophisticated dining areas to triumphant bedrooms, there is a chance that this addition will win over any potential buyer.


Is there anything better than a fireplace to make a room cosy and welcoming? Scottish winter temperatures can put everyone to the test, and the idea of being able to snuggle up in a warm living area will no doubt tempt a wide range of contenders.

Tzana Webster, Director of Property Sales at Watermans, says: “If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in the house you are selling, make sure to give it the attention it deserves. 

“Indeed, fireplaces have a significant architectural impact and add enormous value to a wall space. Furthermore, you may want to contemplate adorning it with some striking tile work. 

“This will take your living room, as well as your property on the whole, to the next level.”

Eco-friendly amenities

Gardens and outdoor spaces can uplift the value and interest of your house too. In fact, having the opportunity to enjoy bright days and fresh air in a private green area is a luxury that not many people possess. Hence, it is no surprise that investing in a garden room and features could add about £35,000 to an average property’s price tag.

Additionally, eco-friendly outdoor improvements could elevate your house’s potential, while luring buyers with a strong, sustainable ethos. From solar panels to green drainage systems that collect rainwater, there are many environmentally conscious additions that may persuade responsible homebuyers to make an offer.

Ultimately, there are several design features that may grab buyers’ attention and maximise your selling chances. Whether it is big windows, ceiling beams, decorative mouldings, or a garden room, specific architectural components can make your property truly stand out.