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Denver Basement Finishing: Making A Basement Look Larger


October 18, 2017

Most basements look dark and cramped, but they don’t have to stay this way forever. There are many ways to finish your basement and make it look bigger than its true size. Here’s how to make a create the illusion of more space with help from a Denver basement finishing professional:

Use Reflective Flooring

Most basements have concrete or carpet flooring, but these aren’t good choices if you want to make the room appear bigger. Replace the flooring in your basement with a more reflective flooring material such as shiny laminate. The light will bounce off of the flooring and make the room look larger and brighter. Read the best to worst: grading 13 basement flooring ideas.

Create Your Own Natural Lighting

Letting natural light flow through a basement will immediately make it look more spacious. However, many basements are designed without windows, which means homeowners do not have the option of letting natural light in. For these homeowners, there is one way that you can get the look of natural light without windows. Use different types of lighting and place them at varying heights throughout the basement. For instance, place a tall lamp in the corner and a table lamp on the opposite side of the room. Add recessed lighting that fits into the ceiling and place wall sconces on select walls. Placing lights at different heights throughout the room will create the same feel as natural lighting. Turn all of these lights on and watch how they instantly make the room feel more open and airy, almost as if you just pulled the drapes open to let the sunshine in.

Control the Clutter

Homeowners often shove anything they don’t have room for into their basements, which means basements are usually crowded with clutter. But, the clutter will need to be controlled if you want the space to look more open. Get rid of items that you no longer need by either donating them to non-profit organizations or selling them at a yard sale. If there are still things left over, think about how you can build storage space into the design of your new basement. As long as the clutter is hidden, the basement will look much bigger.

Paint the Ceilings

Basements often feel cramped because of their low ceilings. To solve this problem, paint the ceiling either bright white or another light neutral color. Doing this will make the ceiling appear to be much higher than it really is, which will in turn make the room feel larger. To take it one step further, look for a paint that is made with light reflecting properties and use it on both the ceiling and the walls.

Are you ready to make your basement look larger? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of professionals. In addition to finishing basements, we can also help clients remodel their kitchens and build outdoor decks. Let us help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.