Today I am working with a friend who is in the preliminary stages of finishing her basement, so I spent the weekend reading up on basement renovations and getting distracted by the pretty pictures. Believe it or not, basements can be beautiful with a budget and a good contractor. Ha! can’t anything? Later this week I will talk about design considerations when planning your basement renovation, but today is all about inspiration.
- Neutral main colours – keeps the room feeling light, airy, and larger than it is
- Lots of lighting – basements tend to be dark and have lower ceilings. Pot lights give lots of light and doesnt use up any head space. Lighting can also be supplemented with lamps and wall sconces
- Treating downstairs like upstairs – each of these basements are just as inviting as any upstairs living area. Including art and decorative items makes them personal and homey
- Storage – None of these spaces are short on storage, storage is tailored to the needs of the owners and implemented in creative ways. Having well thought out storage helps limit clutter
Basements are typical areas that are thought of as the last to-do project in the home. While traditionally these spaces are used as the catch-all for left over furniture, if a few details are prioritized, it can (literally) add a whole new level to your home.