1. Install Cozy Flooring
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2. Finish Your Walls with a Fresh Coat of Paint
Giving your basement a fresh coat of paint can liven up the space for little cost. Basements can get pretty dark so in terms of colour your best bet is something light or pastel. If you don‘t want to go for plain white, try a pastel blue or cream colour to help brighten up the space.
Tip: Satin paint finishes can withstand moisture better than other kinds of paint.
3. Keep it Interesting with Wallpaper
If you don't want to get out the rollers, you can always try wallpaper. Wallpaper will stick to cement walls, so you won't even have to worry about drywall. The great thing about wallpaper is you can buy only the amount you need, so that means less waste and more money in your wallet. You can place the wallpaper in stairway leading down to your basement or have an accent wall opposite the entertainment centre.
Tip: Look for a clear water-proof sealant to protect your wallpaper from moisture.
4. Put Your Best Foot Forward with a Carpet Runner
When selecting a runner, remember to consider the style of your basement. If your basement is contemporary look for a solid colour or geometric pattern, if your basement is more traditional look for traditional Persian patterns.
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5. Update Your Baseboards for a Complete Look
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6. Seal & Paint the Floors with Concrete Paint
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7. Lighten Up Your Basement
Before you visit a store, make sure to take the eye-level test. Sit on your sofa and measure the height from the floor to your eye level. Look for a lamp that is at or below your eye-level to avoid glare.
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8. Get Organized with Wall Shelves & Bookcases
Basements are great for storage space, but sometimes all that stuff can pile up. Regain control over your basement with storage items like wall shelves and bookcases. They are an easy way to keep organized and can completely update the look of your basement, plus they're easy on the bank account. Consider space and colour when selecting your storage units, it is important to measure twice and know how much weight the unit can handle.
Tip: Try painting the storage shelves different colours for a unique and playful look.
9. Divide & Conquer with a Room Divider
Looking to section off some space in your basement without starting a major renovation? Room dividers are here to help you and your savings account! Available in different colours, heights, patterns, and sizes, room dividers are an inexpensive way to create different rooms in your basement. if you want a quiet spot for an in-home office, or a playroom for the kids, a room divider will help keep it separate from the rest of the space.
Tip: A room divider is also a good way to partition off the laundry area.
10. Keep Warm with an Electric Fireplace
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