The biggest problem with basements is how dark and unwelcoming they can be. Many people tend to turn their big underground room into a dark and lonely storeroom. A room that can feel hollow and dark can easily become the family’s favorite room with the right touches. Many homeowners don’t pay attention to the fact that their basement has such great potential in transforming into many different forms.

Because a typical basement doesn’t have any windows (and if they do, they are few and far between), it does tend to feel like a small cave. Without any light coming in from anywhere, it’s understandable why a basement would be the darkest room in the house. Your basement can either become your empty storeroom or your glamorous secret haven. If you love putting your creative design skills to work, then all you need to do is hire a contractor and start revamping your basement.

Your basement doesn’t have to remain a hollow and empty room in your house forever. Hiring a contractor can save you a lot of time and effort, as they already have an eye for detail and the skills needed to do an impeccable job. A basement can be repurposed into any kind of space that defines your personality. Therefore, it’s important to remember that when you’re renovating your basement, adding a personal touch to it can do a lot of wonders. A basement can be transformed into so many forms; you can either make it a guest room, a private theatre, a game room, your personal office or literally anything you’d want it to be.

Listed below are some ways you can brighten your basement.

Use different light sources

Because basements can appear really dark, a single light bulb in the middle of the roof will not do it justice, so it is really important to remember that a basement needs all the help it can get with lighting. The right type of lighting is crucial for brightening up any room. It’s important to ensure that lights are installed with proper spacing to lighten up the whole room.  Using the right kind of lighting is important because the whole ambiance of the room depends on it such as the size of space, the color tone of the room and the brightness of the room. The appropriate kind and color of lights are what transforms the volume and depth of the room.

The more lights you use, the better. Because of low ceilings and minimal windows, the basement should be able to grasp in as much light as it can.

  • Make sure that light is spread evenly.
  • Install lights with proper spacing and strategy, so light doesn’t reflect unnecessarily.
  • Install lights that don’t make your basement hotter than it is. Installing LEDs can help lower the room temperature if needed.
  • Use pot lights as they don’t take up much space. Once you create your base lighting, it becomes easier to create ambient lighting.
  • Use table lamps and floor lamps to add a contemporary touch to your basement without taking up much space.
  • Choose the right color

The atmosphere and mood of your basement greatly depend on the color and tone of the room. Paint the walls with light or saturated colors, so they reflect light and make the room appear bigger. Choosing dark furniture for contrast will complement the bright colored walls and fill the room with depth and volume. This contrast creates dimension visually as well. The combination of lively colored walls and contrasting furniture make the room aesthetically pleasing.

Mirrors and shiny floors

Mirrors not only add a touch of sophistication to the room, but their reflective nature makes them the perfect choice for basements. They reflect light and make the room appear spacious.  Adding walled mirrors or shelved mirrors also fill in the lack of windows. Shiny floors are powerful in helping reflect light as well.  Your flooring plan has a huge impact on the atmosphere of your basement. The floor bounces off the light and makes the room appear bigger than it is. Polished wood or shiny tiles are excellent ways to brighten up your basement.

Get creative with your ceiling

A basement can have super dull and unattractive looking ceilings. Not only do they look boring, but they can be quite low. You can choose to either paint it a lighter color or add patterned wallpaper on it. The light color will accentuate the height and make the room appear bigger. The patterned wallpaper will definitely make a statement. The addition of chic and patterned wallpaper will completely change the look of the whole room.  Finally, you can always add unique lighting fixtures to highlight the ceiling.

Bedazzle your basement

Since the basement is turning into your private getaway chamber, you can use this golden opportunity to add a touch of luxury by accessorizing the space with some bling.  Having basic wooden floors or dry walls can make a room look dull as they don’t reflect light. The room might, therefore, feel dense and grey.   A splash of color is all it needs to add some vibrancy to the room, and using colorful flowers, furniture or even a brightly colored floor mat can do the trick. Hanging bright or contrasting drapes also form the illusion of height. Spreading metallic or accented accessories like vases or frames across the room can also make your room appear spacious as they reflect light. This will also add a sense of luxury and extravagance to the room.

Basements are gloomy and dark, but they don’t have to be. These foolproof ways to brighten your basement look so easy. Not only will these tips help in making the basement look bigger and brighter, but they can also work well with your personal style and taste, no matter what the basement is being turned into.