Written by April Reinhardt (last updated February 12, 2018)
Because a basement is located below ground, and has few, if any, windows, it can be the darkest area of the house if it is not lit properly. If your basement does have ground-level windows, one of the easiest things that you can do to increase the influx of natural light into the basement is to remove all obstructions from outside of the window. Remove flowers, shrubs, trees, and anything else that will obstruct light from entering through the windows and into the basement. Once you've removed the obstructions, and the basement is still dreary, considering some of the following suggestions for brightening a basement:
A trick that realtors use when they stage a home for sale is to use mood-enhancing wall decor. You can do the same thing in your dark basement to enhance the mood and energy of the room. Place sunrise-themed pictures and photographs, or artwork depicting bright and cheery scenes, as the focal point of the basement. If you have the money to invest, you can hire a contractor to build recessed lighting into the ceiling, with spotlighting every few feet to really brighten up the entire area.
Perform online research, go to your local home improvement store or hardware store, and visit your local library for great ideas about how to brighten and lighten your basement.
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