Most people want a basement to extend their living space but a basement also offers the option for you to be more creative than your usual self and pick an entirely new aesthetic theme for your home especially as a basement can be larger than the entire footprint of your home. One huge benefit of a basement is being able to avoid moving and the costs that come with that, you can build the cinema room you have always wanted or the playroom for your expanding family.
Interior wise a basement has a lot of lean way, if you fancy exposed brick and a bold statement room a basement allows for that as it does not have to conform to the rest of the property.
The following are some tips for basement interior design:
Being creative can extend beyond a framed artwork or bright cushion so don’t be afraid to design a statement wall using wallpaper in one of your rooms. Large digital prints and patterns can be used to create a wall mural and when balanced against minimal wall paint in the rest of the room it is not overpowering. Having a statement wall strategically placed under a light well will also enhance the impact of this.
Back to Basics
When decorating and deciding what furniture to buy people often believe that they have to stick to a certain style when in actual fact it is the balancing act between the different styles and elements in one room that creates an interesting space; For example, balancing bohemian prints against more organic minimal room features to create a contrast. If you are drawn in by bright colour palettes, patterned textiles then contrast this against neutral walls to create a sense of harmony.
When you have a light well consider having reflective surfaces to maximise the amount of lighting the room soaks up such as mirrored ornaments or wooden floors which does not absorb light as carpet does. With light wells strategically placed and LED lights to create the mood you desire you wont notice the difference. Because of this you can choose to have any room beneath ground floor such as your family room and kitchen.
The following images demonstrate how lighting can be both functional and decorative.