Are you planning to convert your basement into a living space? Doing this is a great way to increase the square footage of your home while saving time and money.
Many homeowners who opt to convert their basements find that they aren’t as large as they imagined. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll have to settle for a cramped space. There are lots of tricks you can use to make your basement feel bright and large.
- More natural light
Increased lighting in an area will make it feel airy and more extensive than it is. The use of natural light is the best way to achieve this effect whenever possible. Installing egress windows in the space would immediately open the space up.
Talk to a professional contractor about the types and specifications for egress windows. Choose windows that let in as much light as possible. Be sure that the windows you install meet Building Code requirements for egress windows.
- Window treatments
The window treatments you use on your windows will also play a role in achieving an illusion of space. Go for window treatments with light colors or that have horizontal lines. If you’re installing curtains, install the curtain rods several inches higher than the top of the window. This will make the ceiling look much taller.
- Add even more light.
Find creative ways to add even more light in the space. Ceiling lamps, floor lamps, and recessed lights are a great place to start. Choose your lamps carefully as they will also add a decorative element to space. Go for colors and designs that will brighten up space. A gold lamp or lamps in lighter and brighter colors are a great place to start.
- Go for simple furniture
Keeping the area clutter-free should be your goal when choosing furniture and décor. You will want to ensure that the flow of traffic is natural. Stick to the basics when it comes to furniture. Buy only those pieces that you have to make the space functional. If the furniture piece is a ‘nice-to-have,’ consider opting out of purchasing it. Go for furniture with simple and clean lines to achieve an open and fresh feel in the space.
These simple tricks will help you turn your basement from a dark and cramped space to an open and airy space that you can enjoy with your household.
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