The primary reason homeowner’s finish their basement is to create extra usable space in their home. If you go through all the trouble cleaning up and finishing your lower-level, then it only makes sense you’d want to make it more livable and functional.
Building a better basement means something different to everyone, but there are a few proven ways that most would agree are beneficial to enhancing the appearance and increasing the value of your home. If you aren’t in a position to implement all the changes below, pick a few ideas to start working on and build upon each update over time.
1. Neutral or Pastel Paint
The basement, or lower level, is usually the darkest place in the home. The obvious reason you want to choose neutral or light pastel paint is to brighten up and illuminate the space.
2. Inviting Decor
A basement is a perfect place to cozy up by yourself or with the family. Not only will neutral paint help your cause, but the decor is also a budget-friendly and simple way to create a warm and inviting setting. Colors, materials, textures, and designs all play a role in how your style comes together. Even though you’re in the basement, you should design your lower level as a continuation of what you already have going in your home, or instead make it a fun space that’s personalized with its own unique flair.
3. Focus on Functionality
Don’t assume your basement is just for lounging. Step back and brainstorm how to make your basement more functional and livable. For example, use the space as a guest bedroom or play area, or home theater or bar and lounge area. Section off the space into different working parts if you have a big enough basement.
4. Strategic Lighting
Many homeowners assume that because they’re decorating a basement, which tends to be dark by nature, they shouldn’t have to worry about lighting. This is the opposite of what you should be thinking when you’re working on improving your basement. Lighting is key to setting the mood and making the room more functional.
5. Organized Storage
A basement is a perfect place to store almost anything, but it must be organized if you want to get the most use out of the space and keep it functional. Take the time to remove any junk and consider built-ins that can store any boxes.
6. Wine Cellar or Bar
Your basement doesn’t need to be all business. This is a great opportunity to add an entertainment area and storage place for your alcohol. Imagine a fully stocked wine cellar or built-in bar where you can keep your bottles and place additional seating.
7. Add a Bathroom
Many people leave a new bathroom out of their renovating budget, but that’s a mistake if you’re going to use the space on a regular basis. Installing a bathroom on the same level can make a difference in comfort and convenience. A small vanity, toilet, and shower will do the trick. Not only will your family benefit from having another bathroom to get ready in the morning, but it’ll be nice to offer guests their own space when staying over
8. Comfortable & Stylish Furniture
The most important part of creating an inviting and cozy basement is including furniture that looks good and inviting to sit on. Take your time picking pieces that bring style to the room.
Your basement has so much potential, but you need to be open to trying new things. Are you looking to finish or remodel your basement? Call today and we’ll set you up for a free estimate.