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Many basements found in homes, especially older homes, are dark, outdated, and in desperate need of a facelift. In fact, often basements are forgotten rooms that end up being used for storage and not enjoyed for their intended purpose. If this sounds familiar to you, why not make some changes that are easy to accomplish and will make this a fun, relaxing room.

One of the first things you can change is the lighting. You will be amazed at how different this one change can make your basement look, regardless if the lighting is artificial or natural. You will immediately see a brighter, more cheery room that provides an inviting atmosphere. Additionally, when hanging window treatments, keep with light colors and fabrics that will play off the lighting.

Just as you consider color on the windows, you need to consider color on the walls as well. The best options are bright colors schemes that will bring life to your basement. By using different shades of orange, yellow, green, red, or blue, you can make any dark room look brilliant and alive. For the couch, even if you have a new one, try using a coordinating slipcover with colorful pillows that pop. The same is true for any artwork you hang on the wall. Use various colors, textures, and designs.

The goal for your basement is to make this a place within the house where the entire family will enjoy hanging out, watching television, or playing games. Since basements are set apart from the remainder of the house, you have the perfect opportunity to have some fun and be creative. Bring the things the entire family loves into the basement such as a stereo system, big screen television, a table for playing cards or board games, DVD players, and so on. If your basement is large enough, adding a pool table, ping-pong table, or pinball machine will make your home the most popular place to be. Furniture should also be large and overstuffed for ultimate comfort.

Some basements have exposed ceilings that make the entire room look very uninviting. The good news is that there are ways even the ceiling of your basement can be dressed up. For example, an easy solution is to have a dropped ceiling installed. Although these ceilings are simplistic, they do provide a nice clean appearance. Dropped ceilings, also called suspended ceilings, have metal grids that are suspended from wires hung from the ceiling joists. Snapping into each of the grids are 2x2-inch or 2x4-inch squares that are generally white, lightweight, and help with acoustics. If you want to bring some color to your new dropped ceiling, you can simply by painting with latex paint. Another benefit of this type of ceiling is that in place of several grids, fluorescent light fixtures can be added.

Making these and other changes will completely change the way your basement looks. You will find that you spend more time downstairs and soon determine this to be your favorite room in the house. As the children grow and leave home, the basement can become the ideal place for grandchildren to play while visiting and you and your spouse to relax when the house is quiet.
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