Renovating The Basement

  • Planning
    Plan the theme of your basement. Determine its main purpose and decide if you want to separate the room into different areas. For example, you can use one side as a playroom for children and the other as a relaxation area. Learn how to use the space effectively by installing different furniture and fixtures. Have an idea who is going to use it to incorporate their preferences into the design.
  • Ceiling
    Avoid installing suspended ceilings, as these can make the area look restricted. Use tray ceilings, instead. They might be costly, but they look better than the typical basement designs. Make it look lively by painting and decorating it with glow-in-the-dark stickers.
  • Staircase
    Use an open staircase and install banisters for safety. This way, the basement would look like a beautiful extension of your home. Avoid using rounded staircases, however, because it limits the space for people and the items they can bring.
  • Doorways
    Install doorways to separate different areas in your basement. This depends on the privacy that the frequent user wants. It is ideal for home offices to have enclosed rooms because people need time and space to think on their own. Glass doors and curtain doors are good for recreation areas because it still connects to other parts. For activities that involve loud noises, however, it is better to make the room soundproof to avoid distracting the household and your neighbors.
  • Flooring
    Flooring for basements have different materials, including deluxe rolled carpet, carpet tiles, or vinyl click and lock. They should be anti-microbial, stain resistant, washable, and mold resistant to keep the floor from harmful chemicals. It should not accumulate dirt and dust because it can cause health risks to your family.
  • Windows
    The basement needs all the natural light it can get because of its hidden location. This way, you illuminate the area without using artificial lighting. It also saves you money because you have fewer instances to switch on the lights. Use neutral-colored curtains or blinds if you want more privacy.
  • Walls
    The walls can make the basement look big or small. It could also affect the mood and temperature because of its color and design. Paint the walls according to theme and learn the proper color patterns. Use bright colors, such as blue, green, yellow, and orange, to energize the room and add texture. Choose the right tones, however, because darker shades can lead to a depressing mood. Install mirrors to create an optical illusion. This makes the light bounce off, creating bigger space in a person’s vision.