Five essential interior design tips for that perfect furnished basement
Converting a basement from a utilitarian and uncharismatic space into a stylish living area, is a great way to maximise the space in a home. Expanding downwards gives you the opportunity to free up so much more space in your house without changing how the property looks from the outside. When done correctly, a basement conversion can be a beautiful and inviting addition to your home, and a great place to welcome guests or relax with your family.
If you’re thinking about converting an unused basement into a livable space, take a look at the following five essential interior design tips for that perfect furnished basement.
1 – Divide the room up
Use a piece of large furniture like a sofa, a wide column or a central island, to visually split the room into more than one space. Doing this will create flow in the new room and make it multi-purpose, with visually distinct areas for people to gather and relax in.
Keep the resulting areas as open-plan as possible, so as much light can flow through and brighten up the basement.
2 – Flooring
Basements are naturally slightly damp underground spaces. Hardwood, therefore, isn’t a good choice as it can warp. Neither is carpet, which runs the risk of getting mildew.
Something like wood-effect vinyl or laminate will give you a classic look, as well as being easy to care for. A natural finish will keep your basement light and attractive, and rugs can be laid down for a homelier appeal.
3 – Walls and ceilings should be neutral and light
A basement room might have small windows – or none at all – so whatever function you intend your basement to have, maximising light is of utmost importance to prevent it from looking dark and dingy.
Keep the colour of the walls light and, importantly, the ceiling a shade lighter still, to bring the impression of greater height to the room.
4 – Focus on the lighting
As light is vital to a basement, choosing the right type of lighting to install could not be more important. Combat the natural darkness of the space with a well-thought-out lighting plan.
For the ceiling, recessed lighting is a good option as in a space with low ceilings it does not get in people’s way.
A central pendant light can light up a room in all directions, and will not be an obstacle if installed over a central island. Ambient lighting from table, floor and wall lamps is equally as important, making your basement inviting, warm and cosy.
5 – Make the most of storage
Too many basements often end up as a forgotten part of a house filled with the family’s appliances, tools, and old belongings. The enormous potential of the space to become a family room, an area for entertaining or a stylish office, is therefore left unexploited.
That’s not to say, however, that your perfect basement can’t also be used as a place for neat and attractive storage. Try installing storage under the stairs that descend to the basement, sturdy vintage sideboards, or a bookcase along one wall, so your renovated basement can be both functional and beautiful.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll soon have a basement that can be used as a cosy, practical and sought-after living space.