Take Back the Basement!

Cluttered BasementHas your bottom floor gotten the best of you? Is it a monster, running out of control below your home? Your basement has the potential to be more than just an unfinished, bare-bones home gym – or worse, a stuffed-to-the-gills storage room! It might be a dirty, messy dumping ground today, but it could soon become a family room, a playroom, an office, a bedroom, or even a home spa! With just a few special touches, that forgotten floor of your home can become a relaxing oasis or a hub for family activity. Read on for some decorating and renovating suggestions from HGTV and This Old House.

  • Simple fixes make all the difference: if your ceilings are unfinished, finish them; if your walls are nonexistent, put some up! You can’t paint your walls a beautiful color if they aren’t even there, and you can’t install lovely lighting fixtures if there isn’t a ceiling to hold them.
  • Figure out what it is about your current basement that you don’t like. If it’s currently a dark, dingy space, go for the opposite – make it warm and light using the right colors and fixtures. Light, bright paint and fabric colors will make a world of difference. If it’s cold and industrial, install radiant floor heating to warm things up and use natural colors like beiges, browns, and greens.
  • Break up the space with furniture. A sectional sofa will do double-duty: it’s a place to sit but also acts as a room divider, creating an obvious division of the space. Placing a group of comfy chairs and bookshelves in another area will designate it as a library or study area. Curtains are an excellent way to carve out a playroom or kids’ area.
  • On the same note, breaking up the space in general is very helpful. If you are dealing with a combination of kid clutter and adult clutter, divide the two on separate ends of the basement and go from there. Carving out a specific space for playtime and a space for grown-up lounging will help you rid yourself of unnecessary clutter and can even help
  • Find a focal point. Whether it’s a fireplace, a feature wall, an oversized piece of artwork, or a television and media center, having a focal point can help open up the rest of the space and give it structure.
  • Go bold! Pick a theme that speaks to you and don’t be afraid to decorate accordingly. This is a great way to spice up a formerly-bland space and pull the room together.
  • Storage is key. It can come in the form of a modular storage unit that can be rearranged to suit any passing fancy, or a functional piece that doubles as storage (like a hollow ottoman with a lift-off lid). And bookshelves don’t have to hold books – use freestanding or built-in shelves for electronics, memorabilia, knickknacks, and books. Just remember that everything has a place and should return there once you’re done using it!

Thanks to Amanda from StayDry Basement Waterproofing Inc. for this guest post. StayDry offers a variety of services including basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair, and mold removal. Visit their website to learn more about their services. 

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