Whether you are in the beginning of a basement renovation or nearing the end, it is never too soon to begin considering its eventual aesthetic. While the decoration design is all up to you, you may want to think about some layout ideas that benefit a wide selection of looks. Follow Interior Designer Garrison Hullinger’s advice, and you are going to be sailing smoothly to the fantasy cellar you have been awaiting.
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1. Decide on finishes first. Before furnishings come into play, you are going to want to decide finishes. Hullinger suggests setting consistency with other parts of the home by employing the same baseboard trim, window molding or doors that are seen on the different floors of the home. The dark wood finish from the staircase is replicated in the woodwork of this basement.
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2. Use can light. “Lighting is everything when it comes to achieving a fantastic result from your basement remodel,” says Hullinger. He proposes using small can lights completed with a clear or haze finish alzak trim kit, allowing the can to fade into the ceiling. “Five-inch cans can provide great protection,” he says.
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3. Light shelves up for purpose. See that other regions in your cellar, such as bookshelves, might gain from additional lighting. “You can easily create drama in a built in shelving area with the addition of light to highlight household collections or precious artwork,” says Hullinger.
4. Know where your pipes and other mechanics are located. “If you are thinking about adding a wet bar prior to the renovation is complete or down the road, you can keep costs down several times by adding the new sink close to a bathroom or laundry room,” says Hullinger.
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5. Build in storage. “This is your chance to increase your chances for storage and organization,” says Hullinger. “Do not leave this out of your plans” Built-in bookshelves throughout the walls of a cellar can corral anything from toys to toss blankets to ski gear.
6. Look closely at window treatments. If your basement has large windows and is equipped with a tv, make sure you install blinds that effectively darken the room to decrease glare on the screen. Hullinger recommends motorized blinds. “The benefits versus prices are a win-win,” he says.
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7. Boost visual space. Create a feeling of height by choosing light colors for the ceiling and flooring. “It traces the eye,” says Hullinger.
8. Use colour to create play. Design a cozy and visually intense space by painting the walls and ceiling the exact same color. “This leads to an enveloping feel, like a cozy den you might discover in nature,” says Hullinger.
9. Consider carpet tiles. “Carpet tiles currently are a significant trend for residential spaces, and lots of the 24-by-24 inch tiles possess a lifetime guarantee,” says Hullinger. “If irreparable harm occurs on the floor, you can replace the damaged tile one at a time.”
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10. Use functional fabrics. Maintain the area family friendly by employing practical fabrics such as dark upholstery that hides stains, or slipcovers and fabrics that are easily washed. “This ensures that the whole family, including the pets, can hang out from the area without great stress for the upholstered items,” says Hullinger.