Uncertainty has definitely been one word to describe 2020. With holiday traditions being adjusted, winter festivities being postponed, and mental health being challenged, it is more important than ever to keep your home bright and cheery!
Here are some tips and tricks to make your basement feel cozy and cheerful through the winter:
Lighting – Basements have a stereotype of being cold and dark. One way of brightening up your basement is to use lighting strategically. Develop a lighting plan and consider layering your lighting. Wall sconces, candles, tea lights, and using soft wattage bulbs can help to lighten the area while keeping a warmer glow to the space. Warm lighting helps rooms feel cozier and more inviting, especially during the colder months. Using mirrors can also help any space look brighter when placed opposite of a window. It will help spread natural light around your basement.
Area Rugs – If you opted for wood flooring, consider investing in an area rug or two to keep the ground warm and soft. Adding rugs can help with creating more texture and pattern to your space.
Indoor Plants – Bring the outdoors in by decorate your basement with indoor plants that don’t need too much sunlight or water. Brining nature indoors during the winter makes your space feel livelier and provides some greenery inside while snow covers our yards white.
Layer EVERYTHING – Layering is essential in making your basement feel cozy and warm! When it comes to blankets, bedding, and pillows, the more the merrier! You can even go the extra step of bringing multiple textures into the style. Faux fur, velvet, quilts, etc. can all be layered up and make your basement even more inviting.
Smells of the Season – Fragrances tend to go a long way in the winter months. Filling your basement with winter scented candles, potpourri, or other incense help to tie together your space and brings an extra layer of warmth to your home!
Holidays – When it comes to the holidays, it is always nice to bring holiday cheer downstairs! If you are planning on having friends and family over for the holidays, you may want to display a tree in your basement as well! When placing a large display like a Christmas tree, consider changing out the room layout. You want to make sure that there is still space to walk, visit, and relax while keeping your holiday decorations as a focal point. It’s also good to keep in mind when decorating smaller spaces, that it is helpful to go with neutrals and then have color accents. Dark colors can make smaller spaces feel even smaller but choosing a neutral color scheme with bold accents brings holiday cheer to any space!
Even though our in-house designers at CMH Builders can’t come home with you when your project is over, they are always here to give advice and decorating tips!
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