We only have one small window in our basement. Over half the square footage of our home sits below ground level, so making the most of this space means using some creative design techniques to make it feel less “creepy”—as my kids say.
While I love bold wall colors in other areas of a home, in a basement, I generally recommend picking colors in the white or cream family. The lighter colors will help reflect light and make the space feel bright and airy.
When we painted our basement family room last month, we used two colors: White Dove and Sail Cloth, both by Benjamin Moore. These colors make the whole room feel much brighter than it did before. The Sail Cloth color also adds a sense of warmth to the space, thanks to its warm beige tones.
Adding art to your basement walls can transform the space. In basements with low ceilings, I especially recommend pieces that give the illusion of height. Select a few large-scale, tall pieces you love—you’ll be amazed at what a difference they make.
Textiles like rugs, pillows, and blankets are the antidote for any space that’s naturally dark and cold. Go for something cozy and inviting, like a soft rug (I love the plushness of Nordic Knots rugs) or a chunky knit blanket. Add multiple throw pillows with lots of patterns to the couch. Any space will feel instantly warmer and more inviting with some good textiles.
Lighting is an impactful way to bring warmth and light to a basement—especially a basement without windows. You can install recessed lights or wall sconces, add lamps, and even get creative with string lights as accents to give the room a cozy ambiance.
In our basement family room, I like to have the option to turn on recessed lights while I’m downstairs doing laundry or playing sports with the kids. When we want a cozier vibe, we turn on a few lamps.
Don’t be afraid to add furniture pieces that bring personality to the space. I love funky little stools that work both as seating and a place to put a drink. Layering in unique textures always helps bring warmth to a space, so consider this as well when making furniture selections.
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BY Kate Arends - February 20, 2023
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