There are plenty of ways to make a basement look bigger. Here are a few tricks you can use to give your basement the appearance of a larger space without any major construction.

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Below are 3 tips to make a basement appear bigger:

Remove Clutter
Making any room clutter free is important, but it’s essential if you live in a space without natural light. Keep counter-tops clean by having ample storage for your things. It’s best to use closed storage so there is a sleek facade. For an example, look at the use of cabinetry in the first picture. Also, don’t feel the need to cram furniture into every available space. Also, avoid cluttering up walls. Instead of having a collage of little pictures, chose a few striking pieces of art that draw the eye to one area. Placing furniture in the center of the room and keeping it away from the walls is another way to make a place look roomy. Source: ApartmentTherapy

Select the Right Flooring
Ceramic tile is a good choice for basement floors and may or may not be expensive, depending on your choice of tiles. Synthetic tile flooring is a popular, relatively inexpensive choice because small amounts of moisture won’t harm the material. If your floor is moisture-proof and you provide an appropriate subfloor, you may want carpet. Choose a synthetic fiber that can withstand moisture.
Real wood flooring won’t work in basements because of the excess moisture. For the look without the problems, consider an engineered hardwood or wood-look laminate flooring. Ask your floor-covering dealer whether the material you’re installing will perform under damp conditions.
Painting a cement basement floor is an inexpensive option. Check with your paint dealer about the right primer and paint. Some drawbacks are that painted cement doesn’t wear as well as other surfaces, absorbs no sound, doesn’t cushion your legs and feet, won’t offer any visual softening, and will have to be repainted from time to time. Our advice: Paint only little-used basement floor areas.
Use the same flooring throughout your basement, even if there are different rooms. The continuity increases the apparent size of the space.
A dehumidifier takes out the dampness that is characteristic of many basements. You’ll have less mold and mildew. Source: Dummies

Make the Most of Windows
If your small basement has any windows, you can use shutters, blinds or curtains to make the windows appear larger and taller.

  • Put up shutters around and below the basement window. This creates the illusion of a taller window.
  • Hang a short, decorative blind starting from the ceiling that can cover the window if needed. You can use this blind as a valance. Hang a second blind just above the bottom of the window. The second blind will cover blank wall, again creating the feel of a larger window.
  • Combine the shutter or blind window treatment with curtains if you wish. Hang curtains wider than the window frame to make the window area appear bigger. Source: wikiHow

With these few tweaks, you’ll be able to enjoy a bright, cheerful basement in no time. If you want to know more about window treatments that can perfectly fit your home and your needs contact us now!


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