Basements are notorious for being dark and dreary, no matter the time of the year. However, a few simple changes may make
this underused room in your home into a beautiful masterpiece of comfort. Your first step is always the hardest and that is to clean out your basement and get ready for a bit of fun. This is a great project in which to involve your children as they adore any chance to get messy and help their parents do something constructive. Remember, the best kind of help is enthusiastic help and they may even have a few great ideas for your new basement.
Years ago, the basement was little more than a storage room used to throw last year’s holiday decorations. This room of the house was so neglected that now there are dozens of horror movies based on the idea that basements are dark, spooky areas filled with cobwebs and danger. However, this is not actually the case and you have a special type of gem sitting under your home just waiting to be utilized.
Dark Room Battles
Basements typically have no windows just one tiny pane on one wall meant to let in a sliver of natural light. Even if you have such a window, it is likely covered up by shrubs or some other form of obstruction. Inside the room, the ceilings are low and the artificial light is typically inadequate. If all of this is true, what can you do to change your basement into the best room of the house?
Start with the lighting and the paint. When you have a basement to work with, the first priority should always be to brighten the space up as much as possible. Paint your ceiling a pristine white to allow the lights to appear even brighter and let other colors in the room pop out more completely. Once you have your lighting taken care of, consider something bold and refreshing.
It is absolutely acceptable to allow a dark space to remain somewhat dark, but you need to give the room personality with the right paint color on the walls. Try something in the red family as this will make the walls pop and add a bit of fun to the room. The trick to making a darker color work is to have great lighting, which is why that had to be taken care of first. The difference between your basement at first and your basement after the renovations may just blow you away.
After you have your walls and ceiling painted in beautiful well-lit colors that give the eye something interesting to explore, fill the room with great furniture. You may want to put in a bed and create a new bedroom for your growing child. Perhaps you finally have the time and money to build your own home theater. Whatever you want to accomplish, you must start with your walls and work your way in. Try to create a theme that is interesting and inviting, and your guests and family will be jumping for the chance to spend time downstairs.