One of the top concerns homeowners have about finishing their basement is that the resulting space will be dark and gloomy. This worry was born during the 1970’s, when many basement conversions didn’t make the best use of available lighting options. Couple that with the era’s penchant for wood paneling and burnt orange shag carpeting and it’s true: you wind up with a dark space. But we’ve come a long way since the 1970’s!
If you’re thinking about having your Plymouth basement finished, here’s what you need to know about creating a bright, airy space. Every home’s layout is different and in some instances, your basement may be configured to allow for a maximum amount of natural light to enter the space. This is particularly true for basements that have traditional cellar doors that can be reconfigured into separate entrances – a very popular option when basements are being finished into living space for adult children or in-laws. Talk to your Plymouth basement renovation contractor about what the natural light options are for your space.
Additionally, artificial lighting options are almost limitless. Choose your lighting based on what you’d like to do in your new finished basement. For example, home offices need steady, bright white lighting while the home theater basement needs dimmable lights to accommodate film viewing. Don’t skimp on lighting, and choose wall finishes and decor accessories that maximize the amount of light in your room. White and lighter colored walls reflect more light than dark walls or paneling; mirrors are a tried and true trick that can do wonders to increase the amount of light in your new space.