Because of limited exterior wall areas, basements are typically short on the natural lighting department. But it doesn’t mean your basement should stay dark and gloomy. Here are tips on how to make your basement look brighter.
Trim the Shrubbery
Before you think about lighting fixtures, check the windows around the basement first. Trimming the shrubbery around the basement windows can let more natural light into the area. You can then plan your daytime lighting around the areas that can’t be reached by natural light.
Avoid Heavy Window Treatments
Get the most out of your basement windows by installing sheer window coverings instead of drapes and other heavy window treatments. If you are concerned about letting direct sunlight into the basement (which may increase heat and cause fading on fabrics), choose basement windows that are equipped with low-emissivity (low-e) smart glass like EcoSmart 365 Windows.
Choose Bright Wall Colors
Light colors are naturally reflective and can help spread light throughout the room. White is probably the first thing that comes to mind – it is the most reflective, after all – but pastels and neutrals are just as effective. Add depth to your basement by using different shades on different walls. Other components like trim, furniture, and décor can help create visual breaks.
Plan Your Lighting Fixtures
A good basement lighting plan should incorporate lighting fixtures that will help illuminate poorly-lit areas and create an evenly-lit environment. The following are some of the lighting systems typically used in basements:
- Recessed lights are set in the ceiling and do not take up headroom. It’s the most popular lighting fixture for basements because of the typically low ceiling.
- Track lights are switch-controlled movable lighting fixtures that are hung on metal tracks. The movable heads can be pointed to areas that need to be highlighted, which allows fine-tuning.
- Accent lights consist of table and floor lamps, task lamps, and wall sconces. They can be decorative while helping brighten up areas that the other types of lighting described above can’t reach.
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