If you happen to have an underutilized basement space, and are looking to transform it into either a bedroom or a family room, you will need to make it functional as well as aesthetically pleasant. Making use of valuable basement space will help you maximize the space in your home; however, if the space is restrictive and dark, as basements are wont to be, you will have to consider redecorating it. Updating your basement means carefully assessing the potential functionality of the space, and then deciding on your plan of attack in order to transform it. Here are some decorating tips that might help you convert your basement into livable space.
Create layered lighting solutions
Give the effect of spaciousness by including effective sources of illumination in your basement. However, don’t restrict yourself to a single source of light; layer the lighting by using a combination of led ceiling lights as well as floor lamps in the dark corners.
You can combine led ceiling lights with recessed can lights or light panels for ambient lighting. While these are unobtrusive decorative options that offer focused beams of light perfect for a basement space, you can add a track lighting system in order to provide both ambient and accent lighting. These multiple sources of light will ensure that your basement space is well illuminated with decorative lighting fixtures that suit your personal style and aesthetic preferences. One of the more flexible decorating solutions in terms of lighting come in the form of pendant lighting fixtures; these have the decorative element of a mobile and can add to the theme of the room itself, depending on their design features. Additionally, you can install a chandelier as a centerpiece in order to provide more ambient lighting to the room, while recessed lighting can illuminate the shelves in the corners.
Use multifunctional pieces of furniture
When it comes to decorating basement space, it is important to counter the possibly claustrophobic nature of the space. For this purpose, ensure that the pieces of furniture you use are multifunctional in order to save space. Having empty bits of floor space will give your basement the impression of being more spacious than it really is, which will also succeed in giving it a more streamlined appearance. For instance, ottomans that double up as storage spaces can create comfortable seating options while functioning as decorative elements. Furniture placement can also affect the appearance of minimalism, so make sure that you use the corners in the room, and leave some central areas free in order to make the basement easier to navigate.