Basements are one of those hidden gems for Interior Designers. They typically hide a multitude of possibilities in their dark damp spaces. But for that same reason they pose a major challenge; how do we create warm, light, bright rooms that people want to spend time in?
My clients came to me with that exact dilemma with their newly renovated basement guest bedroom. We all agreed that the space should feel welcoming and cozy, and not like you are shunning your guests to the depths of the dungeon (pretty sure those were our exact words).
The major problem with most basements is the lack of natural light. Combine that with a lack of proper insulation and it’s a recipe for that dark/damp combo I mentioned above. And it’s not like we’re always able to increase the window size, which is always ideal. So I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks for creating that welcoming oasis for any bedroom in a basement!
Keep the paint color light. It will make the room feel bigger, brighter and not so dark and dingy. And for the record, it doesn’t have to be white (even though I love a bright white space). There are great light-colored neutrals these days, just try to stay with warm undertones.
Textures are your friend! Linens, quilts, knits – layer them all in to create depth and warmth.
Choose medium, warm wood tones. Dark wood tones can feel heavy and darken the room, while medium wood tones create warmth. Sometimes light wood tones can go in the opposite direction and feel too cool, so stick to the medium tones for warmth.
Add mirrors! Mirrors bounce light around and are great to use in a space where natural light is minimal – not to mention, they make the space feel bigger!
Layer, layer, layer. Blankets, pillows, throws; the more the merrier. Think about all the soft, warm materials you can add to the space, and go for it!
Have fun with accessories. Add fresh flowers, books, and fun objects to keep things homey and interesting for guests.
Bonus tip: Add a comfortable sitting area. It creates a bit of luxury in an otherwise unexpected area. A lot of impact for a little effort! And don’t forget to add some interesting artwork. Original art doesn’t have to be left to the living area. We hung this gorgeous abstract landscape painting to add one more layer of texture and color. And it really pops off of those neutral walls!
This bedroom has turned into a space that both the homeowners and guests love to be in. And who could ask for anything better?!