{Basement Beauties} How To Spruce Up The Dungeon Downstairs

When my husband and I were first married, we lived in the basement of our friends Laura and Scott’s house. It was a two bedroom, enough space for ourselves kind of basement and we enjoyed it while we were there. Needless to say, when people ask me how to actually make their basement apartments look better, I understand the struggle.

Last time I blogged it was about how to turn the attic into a prime guest getaway for the holiday happenings. This time I want to talk to you about the opposite end of the house.
The way down south. The dungeon downstairs. The beast below. The basement.

Now, I want you to go back to the Attic blog and read up on that because the tips I gave are helpful in this situation as well. Today however, we are going to further your knowledge.

Here it is if you’d like to just jump to it: https://overtheedgedesign.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/attic-approved-tips-on-remodeling-the-attic-space/

With those tips in mind, here are some that will help you take your blah-filled basement, to beautiful.

{#1} Designate The Function

(func·tion)  noun

1. the kind of action or activity proper to a person, thing, or institution; the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role.
….I thought I would define the word first because the more I read it, the more it sounded strange to me.

When dealing with a confined space, you need to make sure each area has a designated function or purpose. Most likely your basement is wide open, so make sure to designate the t.v. area with a rug or divide the living area and dining area with a shelf.

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{#2} Accentuate The Height

The basement (much like the attic) is usually a small and sometimes claustrophobic area to have your guests stay in, so be sure to create the illusion of a larger space. With the attic I recommended painting a lot of white, and yes that is a good tip for the basement as well but any lighter colour would do.

You could also use floor to ceiling curtains to make the brain think the height from floor to ceiling is taller because of the vertical lines that they create. Or anything floor to ceiling would help, like an accent wall of wallpaper, a storage unit or a huge headboard would have the same effect. Also the ‘smoke & mirrors’ effect works great too! (Without the smoke part) Put a large mirror in the corner or over your t.v. and the walls will seem to go on forever.

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{#3} Maximize Your Space Further

This tip is a little trickier. It is similar to the one in the Attic post when I said to incorporate furniture that is small, built-in and closer to the ground and the same works in the basement but it can go a step further. By eliminating any doors that open up into your high traffic areas, you will save a lot of space. Instead, add a sliding door, a pocket door or even the newly popular barn-style door (like the one in the first photo below).
Also, when it comes to storage I highly encourage you to think outside the box. Instead of having several boxes or large furniture filling up a room that could be used, use the space you’ve got! Find under-the-bed storage, ottomans, trunks as a coffee table, bench seating with storage underneath. There are so many alternatives that offer storage.

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Now for some more Beautiful Basement inspiration!

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Well Edgers, I hope my last two posts have been helpful as you prepare your home for your family, friends and other guests. Just remember to embrace what your house has come with and make it beautiful.

Oh! And don’t forget to leave a mint on their pillow to make your guests really feel special.

Until next time,