Utilizing your basement to create another bedroom, whether a guest room or a suite, is one way to maximize the space in your home without building on. Unfortunately, basements often seem cramped and small, in part because of low ceilings and lack of natural light. The following design tips can help you overcome
Tip #1: Raise the Roof
While you may not literally be able to lift the roof, you can create visually higher ceilings. Do this by skipping the standard drop ceiling tiles installed in most finished basements. Instead, leave the ceiling beams exposed. If the underside of the floorboards isn't attractive and it's more than a coat of paint can fix, you can disguise them by covering them with thin paneling. Then, simply paint the support beams in a complementary color.
Tip #2: Paint by Numbers
Another way to give a more open feel or make the room's dimensions seem larger is by the wise use of paint. Generally, you will want to opt for lighter colors in a basement, since dark colors can make a space seem small and cramped. To further add to the airy feeling of the room, use an even lighter color on the ceiling. Another design option is to use an ombre effect that is a few shades darker near the floor, but lightens as it reaches the ceiling.
Tip #3: Maximize Windows
It's a smart idea to add at least one egress window to a basement bedroom, just so there is a safe escape route in the event of a fire. The good news is these window wells also provide more natural light to the bedroom. Paint the inside of the
Tip #4: Manage the Warmth
Warm colors make the bedroom feel warmer, but basements usually need a bit more than color to take off the chill. Flooring options are limited, since humidity or flooding dangers make carpet an unwise choice. Instead, opt for tile or moisture-resistant laminate flooring and then use deep pile area rugs to add physical and visual warmth. Placing the bed on an interior wall also helps provide warmth, since cold can seep through the exterior walls even with added insulation. Another way to add warmth is to use fabric as wall décor. For example, hang fabric wall tapestries, decorative quilts, or even hang curtains for a false window effect.
Contact a local interior designer for more ideas on creating the basement bedroom of your dreams. To learn more, speak with someone like Nugent's Interiors & Upholstery Co.