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Home Improvement: Brighten Up Your Basement

Home Improvement: Brighten Up Your Basement

Are you looking for ways to make your finished basement a more inviting and pleasant looking space?

Are you looking for ways to make your finished basement a more inviting and pleasant looking space? These home improvement ideas can help brighten up an often dreary and dark basement, even if it has limited or no access to windows. Finishing a basement can mean very little if it doesn’t end up becoming a space you actually want to get a lot of use out of. By taking on these home improvement projects, you can make your basement look larger and feel more enjoyable.

Light Paint Color

Setting the stage with light-colored wall paint ushers in the first step at bringing in more light and brightness into your finished basement. While white and off-white colored walls are always a safe and versatile choice, don’t be afraid to look at other light and attractive shades to brighten up your basement. Light gray, greige, blue, yellow, lavender and other pastel paint hues can transform your basement in unexpected ways. Also, you can use white paint on any doors, floor trim, window trim, and more.

Light Colored Flooring

Choosing a single type of light color flooring will make your basement look more spacious. With the right prep work, you can outfit your basement flooring with vinyl, hardwood, tiles, or carpet. If you’re concerned about your home improvement budget, you can always purchase area rugs in a light color to cover up your existing floors. 

Maximize Natural Light (If Possible)

If your basement is partially below-grade and has windows or half windows, you should try to maximize the amount of natural light you can let in. Clear away any plants that may be blocking the windows from the outside of your home. Either leave off all window treatments or use sheer drapery to offer some privacy while letting in as much light as you can.


Installing recessed lighting overhead is useful for bringing in more light to your basement, but it can look quite bland leaving it just like that. It’s best to use a variety of lights in multiple places, such as standing lamps, table lamps, wall sconces, etc. to add obviously more sources of light but also visual interest to the interior design.

Light and Reflective Furniture, Accents, Decor

Lastly, furnish your basement with light-colored pieces to bring the room together. If your basement is a home office or second living room, use a light-colored sofa or desk. Adding glass and mirror accents and decor also brings a more bright and airy feel to space. Metal accents like on a coffee table or picture frames are also another reflective material that brings more light into your basement interior.

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