Cramped and dark are the first words that usually come to mind when the basement is mentioned. And if you’ve just been using the space for storage or as a laundry area, then you’re missing out. How about having your basement finished? Not only will you benefit from the additional square footage, but also the way it now looks brighter and more spacious. Here are ways to make it look brighter.
- Pick a light color scheme. Most basements are enclosed and have no access to natural light. You most likely have to rely on artificial lighting to ensure the room is evenly illuminated. So, that you won’t have to deck the space with too many fixtures, you should choose a lighter palette for your basement. White is a classic choice, and you can never go wrong with light neutrals like tan and beige. A lighter color scheme helps create a brighter and more open feel to the room. To add visual interest, try incorporating vivid pops of color throughout the space.
- Incorporate effective lighting design. When planning a basement remodeling project, make sure that the room has all three lighting types: ambient, task and accent. Ambient lighting refers to illumination that dominates much of the room; it ensures that you’ll be able to navigate your basement safely and easily. Task lighting serves to provide illumination you need for a specific purpose, such as grooming or putting on makeup. Accent lighting, meanwhile, works to emphasize the more interesting corners or pieces of your basement. All of these should be placed strategically to create the best effect.
- Contrast the light with the dark. Pick a few areas and pieces in the room and deliberately make them darker than the color scheme. It’s a trick you can do to make the lighter areas in your finished basement brighter, all while creating an interesting contrast and adding more depth in the space. You’ll also want to pick reflective surface materials for your basement. This way, light can bounce off them and make the room appear larger and brighter. Consider using glossy tiles and countertops, hanging large mirrors, going for metallic fixtures and adding glass tabletops.
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While JLR Home Renovation is recognized for high-quality bathroom remodeling, we can also handle your basement finishing needs. With our exceptional and personalized design solutions, we’ll help you transform the look and feel of your basement. Call us today at (717) 361-6175, or fill out this contact form to request a remodeling quote. We proudly serve homeowners in and around Elizabethtown, Hummelstown and Hershey, PA.