By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, February 02nd, 2018 - 12:56:50 PM.
The last time you went into your basement you felt a little less-enthused about spending time down there. In other words, it was dark, damp and a little stinky so youd rather just stay upstairs. If your basement isnt the most appealing space in your home, try not to just avoid the space. Instead, think of all the ways it could be utilized. Basements are huge parts of the home that could make up for a massive living space, but they can easily become the forgotten spaces beneath the home. The basement can be a great way to increase your homes living space and return on investment if ever you decide to sell your home. In addition, the basement is the perfect get away. But one thing can ruin that for so many homeowners-- water.
While natural light is best, for some basements its just not possible. In these cases, artificial light can be used to create a more welcoming space. Since you are probably going to use your basement for a variety of different activities, go ahead and use several different kinds of lighting. Newer CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs are gaining popularity because they are energy efficient and fit into traditional incandescent fixtures. Technically, they give off the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent, but some designers argue that the aesthetic quality of the light is inferior. Dont be afraid to mix CFLs with incandescent. Use the CFL lights for everyday use, and the incandescent lights for ambiance and more visually demanding tasks.
Water Damage What are the signs of water damage Sometimes the damage is very noticeable. For example, when there are water stains on the walls, this could be from previous water damage, whether or not you were living in the home when it happened. In addition, if you find cracks on your walls or buckling walls your future is likely to include water damage. How does your basement smell If youve noticed a musty smell or some guests have commented on a particular smell, it could be from mold growing in your basement. Perhaps youve never seen mold in your basement-- doesnt mean its not there! The Infamy of Mold Moldy isnt the best word to use to describe your basement, or any of your homes for that matter. Unfortunately, mold is also very sneaky and a lot of time passes before many homeowners notice the mold in their basements.
If you arent ready to say goodbye to your white walls yet, there are other ways to add color to your basement. Fit a festive slip cover over a piece of upholstered furniture, or paint a piece of wood or metal furniture. Throw pillows and coordinating area rugs are also a good way to add personality to your (now favorite) room, and they also give people a place to sit on the floor. Dont forget to add artwork. Either hang up something you already own, or have some of your favorite personal photos enlarged and framed. If choosing a paint color scares you, and selecting furniture makes you dizzy, consider consulting a decorator. Decorators are well trained, and they often come up with ideas that you wouldnt have thought of. Your decorator can help you determine what look you are trying to achieve and what colors and styles would be most suitable for your space.
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