Often neglected and designated for storage and laundry areas, basements are one of the most underused spaces in any home for almost no reason besides a shortage of natural light and full-sized windows. To help you make the most of your space while creating a comforting oasis, we’re exploring savvy basement design ideas inspired by sage advice from our renovation experts so it will no longer be a barren and untapped wasteland.
Before you chart your course of action, here’s a few simple steps to help make it more functional and appealing:
Go for light-reflecting surfaces, finishes, and mirrors – As with any room in your home, light-reflecting features will work to make the space appear larger, brighter, and warmer.
Reconsider the walls – If your walls are unfinished or aren’t in the best condition, wainscoting makes for a great alternative to traditional drywall as its more durable and can help in avoiding gathering mildew.
Layer lighting- Who wants to sit in a cold and dark basement? Since this is typically a dark area in any home, you’ll need plenty of additional light fixtures to add charm and warmth.
Add smart storage – Built-in’s and extra closets are certain to add ample extra storage that’s out of the eye’s view while built-in cabinets installed under hopper windows will work to add polish while working as a visual anchor to make the windows feel just right and less awkward.
Synthetic Fibers – Though we wouldn’t recommend synthetic fibers in other parts of your home, but for a basement they’re a must when it comes to flooring. Skip out on a valuable Persian wool rug and bring in a synthetic one to avoid mold and mildew.
Now comes the fun with these savvy basement design ideas:
Invest In Renovating
Hire an outside team of renovation experts to help you lovingly restore areas that you can’t manage on your own and ask them for advice on your investment as it’s more than likely that they’ve got some imaginative tricks up their sleeves. Plus, never forget that reimagining your basement will eventually pay for itself as it will increase your property value.
Create A Social Zone
Take a thoughtful survey of your basement and start designating areas so you’ll know what purposes each area will serve. The challenge here will be to make it feel warm and inviting while making guests forget that they are even in a basement.
When it comes to socializing areas, reserve the spot that gets the best natural light while installing a t.v in a darker spot to prevent glare and create a home-theater feel. The challenge was to make it welcoming without “making it obvious that you are in the basement.
Consider A Home Gym
Basements are the perfect private area to perfect fitness routines and a home gym is the ultimate in home wellness amenities. And just like you would in any room of your home, decorate your home gym in your favorite design style, whether that be hyper-minimal or ultra-traditional.
Create A Hobby Area
Get crafty in your own dedicated hobby area where you can privately take in your passions or show off your prized collections.
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