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The basement doesn't’t have to be just another wasted space, good for little more then clutter and storage. You can use the nature of the basement to your advantage. The dark, reclusive ambience of the setting may make it seam isolated and uninviting, but it is those elements that make the basement the perfect intimate escape.

By being dark, out of the way, and slightly closed in, the basement has all of the elements of a romantic, or self indulgent escape from every day worries. With a few decorative accents and some creative lighting, the basement can be transformed into a very useful space.

The following tips are intended for those who do not have the ability or money to spend on construction in their basement. A remodeled basement wont suffer from many of the problems that their bare bones counterparts will. They will have defined spaces, finished walls, and an attractive comfortable flooring, such as carpet.

Most basements are by their nature difficult to decorate. They are built beneath houses, carved directly into the ground, and designed to support and solidify the structure of an entire building. This is why their interiors often consist of stark concrete and thick support beams.

Getting enough light in a basement is difficult due to both architectural obstructions, and a lack of windows, and electrical outlets. Their location makes them naturally prone to flooding, and their situation in the structure of the building restricts the amount of construction you can do to the area.

Generally you can to add to a basement, but you can’t take away or change many of the existing structures without endangering the entire building. With it being such a problematic area to enhance, the basement will often become a mess of storage and waste.

Creativity however, will allow you to use the negative aspects of the basement in your favor, and transform your lost space into a cozy rustic get away.


Lighting can change every aspect of a room. Bright lights will make a space feel more open and active. Dim lights will make an area seem closer and more intimate. Most basements are lacking in windows. What openings they do have are at such an angle that they still don't let much light in. Many basements are also lacking in electrical outlets, making it difficult to brighten the room artificially.

However, most unfinished basements shouldn't be that bright. Unless the bare bones structures of the space is attractive, you will want to de-emphasize them, hiding them as much as you can in shadow. You want to be sure to have enough light to see where you are walking, but the ideal is to not shine so much light that you see very far beyond that.

First examine your basements current lighting situation. If there are bare bulbs exposed creating glaring lights in isolated sections of the setting, its probably giving the room a stark look, and is also exposing more of the walls and other architectural structures then you want.

Cover these bulbs with shades, or simply remove them. Shaded lamps are a much better alternative as they will provide a gentler glow to the room. Rather then casting a glaring spotlight on every structure in the space, they will instead bathe the area around themselves in illumination and shadow.

String lights or Christmas lights are a non offensive way to light passages and walkways. Their glow is also bright and attractive, without being overwhelming, and is very easy to isolate to those spaces which you would prefer to be seen.

Lava lamps and other colored lights have similar properties. They can also help to banish some of the gloom that may permeate this space, providing

Another choice for ambient lighting, is to go with illuminated onyx products. These items light up translucent onyx stone from behind, causing it to glow with beautiful natural colors. The light these items give off is filtered, making it gentle. There are many items such as this available, including lighted wall clocks, lighted coffee tables, and onyx lamps. The fact that they are made of stone helps it to match the concrete interior of most basements, and its illumination will provide a colorful central point for the room.


Many basements are prone to flooding. A serious or regular flooding problem will make carpet or wood floors in a basement useless. Sub pumps can sometimes be purchased to deal with this problem, but it only takes one flood getting out of control to completely ruin carpeted floors. Therefore you should always talk to a professional before deciding to change the nature of a basements interior.

If you can do it safely, carpeting, or even rugs, are a great way to finish the look of your basement. It gives you the ability to sit on the floor, or purchase low furniture which will give the often short ceiling space the illusion of being taller. Carpeting is also a much more decorative finish than stark concrete flooring.

If flooding is a problem, you can still have an attractive basement using natural stone. Materials such as slate and granite are resistant to mold and other water problems, and with a little care can be made almost entirely impermeable to liquid elements.


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