Taking on a redecorating project can be intimidating, especially when it comes to your basement. Basements are generally known as a dark, damp place that we use for storage but that doesn’t have to be the case! Follow these steps to turn your basement into a place where you look forward to coming home to:
1) Brighten Your Space With Lights
Basements typically do not get a lot of natural sunlight so artificial light is the answer. Make sure you ‘layer’ the lighting by featuring pot lights, floor lamps, table lamps — anything that catches your eye and lightens the space.
2) Give Your Walls (and Ceiling!) A Fresh Coat Of Paint
Painting your walls, ceilings and baseboards is a quick and inexpensive fix for any room. Stick to light, natural and warm tones in darker rooms to create a more comfortable and inviting place.
3) Make The Space Look Bigger
Make a small space look a lot bigger by using a warm and neutral colour palette, adding mirrors or reflective surfaces and clearing out any clutter.
4) Be Sure To Add Art To Your Walls
Adding a lot of art and pictures of your family/friends adds a personal touch to a space. This is especially important in a space like a basement as you want to make it as cozy and comfortable as possible. Being constantly surrounded by art that you love and pictures of your loved ones will make the space a lot more enjoyable and welcoming.
5) Fool Your Guests With Fake Plants
There are some really great quality faux plants on the market these days. Fool your guests by incorporating them into your space. They’ll be left wondering how you’ve managed to keep them alive and flourishing with minimal light, but it will be your little secret.
6) Play Around With Textures
Mix and match a lot of soft textiles to create a warm and inviting space. Add a plethora of cushions to your couches, armchairs or love seats and mix in a different texture of rug or throw blanket.
7) Focus On Entertainment
Adding things like a home bar or home theatre console is a way to inspire both yourself and your guests to frequent the space.
Our basements don’t have to be an afterthought — make use of your basement, make it feel like home and enjoy your newly decorated cozy space!