Working with Basement Interior Design Trends
The basement opens up a lot of room to get creative in your home. The main benefit of having a basement is that it’s out of everyone’s way. Unlike the upstairs floors, the basement is not visible to everyone and it can even be counted as a separate auxiliary dwelling unit.
This gives you the freedom to get creative with its design, so you won’t need to simply need to go for the classic wooden panel walls and air hockey table. But there are so many other possibilities to explore with the basement that could turn it into a chic and contemporary living space.
Down in the basement, where there is limited natural light, working with the brightness of the interior is very important. You need to have enough light that will not only make the space liveable but also practical. No corner should go unlit.
Having a combination of primary and accent lighting is a great way to go about this. The primary lighting can focus on providing general luminosity and keeping the focal point of the room brightly lit. The accent lighting can help brighten up the rest of the basement interior, for either practical or stylistic reasons.
The downside to having living space in the basement is that every bit of noise upstairs resonates all the way down. This means everything that happens above will be heard in the basement, making it hard to relax.
Luckily, there are ways you can soundproof the basement to make it more serene and liveable. First, there is the ceiling insulation itself, which is not only used to mute the sound coming from the above floors but is also used as a way to insulate the basement and keep it warm. There’s also the kind of flooring that you use. Hardwood flooring tends to echo sound. On the other hand, more engineered materials such as vinyl provides great sound insulation, preventing echoing and high resonance.
That collage of your favorite album covers or your favorite movie posters may not have much room in the rooms upstairs as they don’t complement the interior. But down in the basement, you have the freedom to put these up and proudly display them for everyone to see, without sacrificing the over aesthetic of your interior.
This is what makes the basement so special. Bold statement art has its place in your home and the basement is one of the best places to display it. Don’t be afraid to experiment and go a little overboard with your basement interior. However, it is very important to keep track of your basement’s foundation walls. Because structures expand and contract, basement walls may get cracked. So before hanging up the paintings or any other artwork, it’s best to take a look at the walls and make sure they’re all in good condition. The last thing you want is a painting hiding potentially disastrous defects in your home’s foundation.