Basements do not usually have natural light coming in, so they appear dark and dingy. A lot of people avoid their basements, but it is a space with a lot of potential. You can turn your basement into a bonus space with the right colors, lighting, and décor. If you don’t know where to start, here are four unique ideas to help you brighten up your basement and bring it to life!
- Use Color Tricks
Paint is the easiest yet most effective way to brighten up any basement. Paint all the walls white to create the illusion of a bright and spacious room. If your basement has any exposed pipes and weird angles, paint them all as well to conceal the rough look. You can also add a light complementary color to the ceiling to make the walls appear taller. Just make sure you use light color combinations that complement each other, for example, white and aqua, blush pink and beige, ice blue and ivory, etc.
- Add Plants
Add low light indoor plants in your basement to give it a fresh look. Plants add life to any sterile place and help create a calming ambiance. Adding plants in small, dark spaces can transform it into an inviting, lush, and refreshing area. Start with a corner plant or add pots on a shelf. You can also use artificial plants to avoid the hassle of watering and looking after house plants. Some of the easiest house plants are aloe, cactus, snake plant, and anthurium.
- Ambient Lighting
Basements have very limited to no natural light. Create ambient lighting by adding light fixtures and accent lights. You can also add recessed lighting to the ceiling to really brighten up space. Moreover, you can run strip led lights across the crown molding to brighten the walls. A simple trick to layering different lighting options as it will make your basement look very bright and open.
Choosing the right flooring for a basement can be very tricky. If you have a concrete floor, then you can paint it out and throw a nice rug. However, keeping the temperature factor in mind, it is recommended to use waterproof carpet tiles, wood flooring, or laminate. The key is to pick a sturdy and durable flooring that would not trap moisture and grow mold. The color of the flooring should be a light shade to make the space look bigger. If you do choose a dark floor, then place a light-colored rug to brighten it up.
Setting up your basement will bring your home to the next level. To turn your basement into a practical and useful space, use the four tips mentioned above. Once your basement is bright and welcoming, you can use it as a rec room, family room, home office, or even an additional bedroom. So, add with white walls, laminate flooring, right lighting and a touch of lush green plants, your basement can become the best part of your house!