Have you ever experienced a sense of dread or unease while in your basement? While your basement (probably) isn’t haunted, it may be unappealing due to bare light bulbs, concrete floors, and a lack of natural light.
Here’s how you can make your basement more inviting.
Reclaim Your Basement
Your first step is toas usable living space. For many people, this may be difficult because they view the basement as being cold, dark, or damp. They may also feel claustrophobic because many basements only have one entrance and exit via the stairs.
For years, the horror genre has drawn on these instinctual fears by using basements to trap characters with serial killers and other monsters. Descending into the basement has also been used as a metaphor for descending into the underworld—a world that’s hidden and unknown.
Today, we’re challenging you to change these misconceptions. There’s no reason why you can’t transform your basement so it feels safe, warm, and cozy. But you need to first make the decision to take back andso it becomes an area the whole family enjoys.
Install Recessed Lighting
Let’s be honest. Bare light bulbs in your basement create more shadows than illumination. That’s why our basement contractors may recommend recessed lighting.
Recessed light fixtures create even lighting throughout your basement so you never have to worry about shadows lurking in the corners or underneath the stairs. Instead, you’ll have plenty of lighting, whether you’re working from home or enjoying family game night.
We can also install a dimmer switch so you can control the brightness in your basement. It’s these little touches that make your basement feel more like a natural extension of your upstairs living space.
Create Different Zones
No matter the size of your basement, we can create different zones to accommodate you and your family. We may do this by installing different types of basement flooring, walls, or partitions to section off spaces.
Since most basements have an open floor plan, creating different zones can help the space feel cozier and more inviting. Zones also create spaces for your family to spend time together even if they’re doing different activities. For example, you may be walking on the treadmill while your children watch their favorite movie on TV. The basement is the ultimate multi-purpose room.
Continue Your Interior Design From Upstairs
Does your home have a specific color scheme, style, or aesthetic? If so, we recommend continuing that interior design while planning your basement remodel. This will help your basement feel more like a natural continuation of the rest of your home.
If you have a small basement, we’d also like to point out that light colors can make your basement feel more spacious and airy. Dark colors on the other hand will make a large basement feel cozier.
Request a Free Estimate With Us
Remodeling your basement will go a long way toward making the space feel more inviting. Our basement remodeling contractors in Grand Rapids, MI, would be more than happy to help you with your next project. To request a free estimate with Basement Trust, call (616) 608-9716. We hope we hear from you soon!