It’s no secret that a lighter coat of paint can open a basement right up, but is that your only option? Here at Wilson’s Paint and Floor Coverings, we have a few more tricks up our sleeves when it comes to making your basement seem bigger.
Whew! A solution that doesn’t involve a remodel. Clutter will make any space–especially a basement–feel smaller and more cramped. Organization is key to helping you make the most of your basement space. If things feel out of hand, it may be time to add cabinets or shelving, or even seating that doubles as storage space.
Whatever you do, do not block the windows, inside or out. If you are fortunate enough to have windows in the basement, use them to their best advantage. Do not obscure them with furniture or with plants, and leave off using heavy curtains. Blinds or shades are less dense solutions for privacy. Keeping your windows clean will also allow in more natural light.
If you want to make your basement seem bigger, you don’t want your gaze to be drawn to the floor. Having flooring (be it carpet, tile, or wood) in lighter tones will make sure that the attention in the room is not focused downward. Lighter tones will also help create the illusion of openness, and so will using only one type of flooring. This may not be an option if you have sinks or washer/dryer units in the basement, but consistency in flooring materials will create clean lines.
Light furniture is an effective tool to make your basement seem bigger. Try tables in more neutral woods or even glass. Couches and chairs in subtle tones tend to be unobtrusive. If you have dark furniture and replacing them is not in the budget, you can soften their effect by adding pillows and draping throw blankets of light hues. When it comes to furniture, less is more. The need to navigate entertainment centers and dressers will make any room feel closed off.
Unless you are Batman, your basement has light coming in, whether it is artificial from lighting fixtures or natural from windows and doors. Adding mirrors can make your basement seem bigger by reflecting that light. Try adding a large statement mirror and smaller accent mirrors on opposite walls or even a wall of mirrors, especially if your basement serves as your home gym.
Layer the Lights
If even a mirror isn’t enough to supplement the kind of lighting you’re looking for, then by all means add more! Stagger your sources of light to avoid interrogation room-esque lighting. Try can lights in the ceiling or maybe a chandelier. Short lamps work well on end tables, tall lamps in corners. Even string lights or fairy lights are not just for outdoor patios. Run a length of lights where the walls meet the ceiling or suspend them across the room for a contemporary feel.
If your basement has direct access outside, glass doors are an aesthetically pleasing way to let in more natural light. Perhaps more importantly, glass doors create the illusion that the basement extends into your backyard or wherever your doors look out on. Nothing makes your basement seem bigger than adding an extra quarter acre. Again, shades can limit that illusion if it gets to feel too open, especially at night. If you’d like more light but your doors look out on something you’d rather not add to your basement (like the street), consider less opaque shades or even more opaque glass.
Use Metal Accents
This is a less obvious trick to make your basement seem bigger, but it is true that metal accents reflect more light. Consider door knobs, lamps, and even decor in metals that are highly reflective. If you already have metal accents, this may not mean changing them but merely polishing the accents you have. Grease and grime can build up on surfaces that are used more often, like doorknobs. Check how best to clean the metal accents in your home.
If you need a hand getting started on making your basement seem bigger, we at Wilson’s Paint and Floor Coverings are here to help. Don’t stress! Our consummate professionals have the answers to your questions about making your basement seem bigger, with paint or without.