It’s easy to let your basement become a neglected area – as they tend lack windows and natural light sources, it can seem preferable to adhere to the old adage “out of sight, out of mind”. But low light is no excuse for sparse décor, and a stylish basement can really extend your living space. There are plenty of simple ways to brighten up even the gloomiest of basements – with a couple of smart strategic tweaks, you can transform yours into a sophisticated living space in no time.
When it comes to colour, brightness is more important than lightness. Vibrant tones and a pop of colour can go a long way towards freshening up the atmosphere. Bright walls, one of our luxurious hand-knotted rugs or some funky soft-furnishings can transform your basement. Warm tones such as yellows, golds, oranges and browns can help “trick” the mind into feeling like you’re above ground in a well-lit space, making them the ideal choice for banishing basement blues
2. Keep it Open
If you have an open floor plan, embrace it! While a windowless room can seem claustrophobic, expanded wall spaces counter this effect, making the room seem lighter and bigger. Taking a wall out not only creates ample living space, it will also help your basement appear airy and bright.
Typically, neglected basements become a storage space for unused junk, creating a chaotic, crowded mess. Open your space up by clearing out excess clutter wherever possible, particularly from horizontal surfaces. Smart use of storage helps to minimise mess.
Most basements have low ceilings, creating practical and aesthetic problems when hanging lights. Recessed lighting and floor or table lamps are the perfect solution, providing plenty of light without taking up too much space.
It would seem that the obvious way to counter a dark basement is to add more lights, but unfortunately it’s not that simple. Overlighting your space can make it feel just as claustrophobic. A simple, effective way to mimic natural light is to have a few artificial lights strategically placed around your basement, creating highlights and lowlights.
A clichéd but tried and true method of making a room appear brighter and more airy. Reflective materials are inherently space-enhancing, due to their ability to move light around a room. Whether it be a full-length mirror, or just a few wall or shelf mirrors, the addition of reflective materials are an easy way to dramatically improve the appearance of your basement.
Flooring can be the final frontier when it comes to transforming your basement – depending on the material from which it’s crafted, it can darken or illuminate a room. Floors made of hardwood, tiles and concrete are all great for subtly reflecting light from ceiling and floor lamps, creating the impression of warmth and depth.