Basement Design – Brightening It Up


Basements don’t have to be dark, scary non-decorated spaces where hand-me down furniture goes to die. With a little effort and a small investment, brightening up your basement, where your kids likely spend a lot of their time is easy.

Basement Design – 5 Tips to Add More Life:

Tip #1 – Lighting

Lighting is a key aspect to how a space feels and the ambience that is created. Often in new homes, builders skimp on the pot lights in the basement to save money and older homes have very dim basement lighting due to few fixture boxes. Adding pot lights will completely transform the space and take away that dark basement feeling.

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Tip #2 – Colourful Accessories

Add Colourful Accessories. Small pops of colour in pillows and accessories on a bookshelf or coffee table are a great way to add a little punch to an often blah feeling space and are the easiest and most cost-effective way to help change the feeling of the room.

Tip #3 – Light Paint Colour

Choose a light paint colour for the walls. White, pale gray, or a soft beige neutral are the best choice for basement wall colours. Stay consistent with your choice of colour throughout the whole basement to give it a more seamless, bigger feel and open and airiness. Dark wall colours will make it feel more cavernous and changing wall colours from room to room will make it feel choppy.

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Tip #4 – Flooring

An ideal way to brighten up the basement is by using a vinyl or engineered hardwood flooring. You can use a lighter colour or tone than you would in carpet because you don’t have to worry about the staining and dirt like you would with carpet. A lot of families are opting for this type of flooring in their basement design  because of its durability with flooding and unpredictable weather issues.

Tip #5 – Artwork and Decals

Add colourful artwork or wall decals. Art often gets overlooked and left off the to-do list when finishing a basement space as many people think its just a basement and it doesn’t need art when the reality is that putting colourful art on the walls in a basement will make it feel so much comfortable, welcoming and warm. Try for bright colours in either vinyl wall decals or framed posters, prints or even a hanging space for your kids art work.

All interior design and photos courtesy of Ungerman Homes.


About Author

Jessica Ungerman heads up the interior design division of Ungerman Homes. With expertise in residential and commercial interior design, Ungerman Homes offers a range of services from paint colour consultation to sourcing of interior furnishings. Jessica is a busy mother to three and enjoys spending time with her kids when she is not working. You can find out more about her design offerings at and see examples on houzz.

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