By Brenda. Basement. Published at Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - 12:03:52 PM.
Would you be happier if they were a different color, shape, texture Think about it, this is an easy little tidbit that can have a whole lot of influence on the vibe of your basement. Your basement needs these support beams, so why not find a contractor who can help transform your beams to look more chic And theyre made out of long-lasting and durable materials too. Crown Molding A lot has to go into choosing the right design for your basement walls. You have to consider what paint to use, if you want to use a wall paper border, sponge paint, or if you want to use crown molding. Molding isnt just the pretty edging that you see, but it replaces the aluminum trim that some contractors would have used or you already see. Also, molding covers the seams that so easily can make a basement appear older and even unfinished. So the goal of properly designed crown molding is to not only disguise the seams, but to also provide your basement with an attractive and sophisticated design.
2. Add color Even if you have natural light in your basement, it will still probably appear somewhat dark and gloomy. For this reason basements can tolerate somewhat brighter than usual paint colors without appearing garish. Primary (Red, Yellow, and Blue) and Secondary colors (Orange, Green, and Purple) work well. You dont have to brightly paint every single wall. Just choose one or two, and paint everything else a more neutral tone. Remember to only change colors on inside corners, never on outside corners. If you must change colors in the middle of a wall or on an outside corner, add a piece of molding to separate the two colors. If you have a finished ceiling, paint it white to help brighten up the room. Mix a little bit of your accent color in the white ceiling paint; this will make the colors look like they belong together.
As for the fixtures themselves, your options are pretty much limitless. Most basements (sadly) are lit by rejected, out of date lamps leftover from the upstairs area of the house. If youre doing a basement renovation, budgeting for quality lighting can pay off in the end. Though they are relatively expensive, recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling can be a nice touch, particularly if they are switched so that each area or zone of your basement can be controlled independently. But if this isnt possible for you, a mixture of table and floor lamps can be just as functional. The key is to make sure that every single square foot of the basement has access to plenty of light.
Basement Waterproofing The actual basement waterproofing requires three steps: drying the basement, sealing the basement, and fixing any remaining problems (like removing the mold, basement wall repair, and so on.) Drying the basement, as mentioned above, is generally a matter of pumping any standing water out and then using a powerful dehumidifier to dry up any wet spots that remain. The actual basement sealing is often a multi-step process by itself. It generally starts with plugging any cracks visible from the inside of the foundation and basement walls. A nice coat of waterproofing paint (NOT damp-proofing, but waterproofing) is the second part of the process. Then you polish it off by finding all of the holes (windows, ducts, pipes, etc.) between the inside of the basement and the outside, and caulk or otherwise seal around them.
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