A finished basement not only increases the living space in your house, but also greatly adds to its value. However, when it comes to converting your unfinished basement into a functional space, one of the biggest challenges many people face is the darkness.
Since basements either lack windows or have very small ones, they are generally dark. Knowing that darkness can make a place look gloomy, here we are giving some simple ideas to help you brighten up the dark underground space of your house:
1. Install Multiple Light Sources
When it comes to basements, you cannot just go for one bulb or light in a room. While this generally works well for the main floor of the house, it will make your basement look depressing.
For a well-lit basement, opt for multiple light sources. For example, in addition to the bulb on the ceiling, you can place some table lamps, floor lamps, pot lights, chandeliers, or fancy light fixtures.
Just make sure to place them strategically, so they supplement each other and light up the entire place.
2. Use Mirrors
Mirrors are known to make an area feel bigger and spacious. They reflect light and can make up for the absence of windows in your basement.
Place a large sized mirror in the hallway or living room and/or make a collage of small mirrors in the bedroom to make your basement look bigger and brighter.
3. Opt For Light Colors
Dark colors make a space look small and without proper lighting, they can also make an area appear gloomy. So, darker colors are generally not good choice for basements, unless you have a huge one.
When it comes to light colors, most of the people go for white. But, you can also go for shades like cream or light yellow to add some color and warmth to the space and make it look a little exciting.
If you are not sure about what color to use for your basement, take professional help.
4. Choose a Shiny Floor Surface
Since shiny floors reflect light, they will make your basement look bigger and brighter. Tiles and polished woods are good options for household basements.
5. Use Metallic Decoration Pieces
Metallic objects, like picture frames, vases, and plant pots, not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of a space, they also make it look big and bright by reflecting the light. Simply put, metallic objects work just like mirrors.
For the basement, opt for dull gold and/or silver to make sure they serve your purpose without making the décor feel too loud.
These tips may look too simple, but they work very well to brighten up a dark space – try them out in your basements and you will surely be pleased by the results.
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Basements either lack windows or have very small ones. Hence, they are generally dark and look gloomy. The article discusses some simple ideas to help you brighten up the dark underground space of your house.