Hello! I'm going to back track a little today and highlight some basement designs that inspired me and some of my selections for our new, finished basement! Come and check out my top 5!
When it comes to designing a new space, the most important part is, planning! Taking time to decide what your new space needs, what it will look like and how those elements will work together. I love to take inspiration from others who have completed similar projects, or who have a similar design aesthetic as myself.
First and foremost in creating additional living space in our basement was the lack of natural lighting. We do not have optimal ceiling height, or many windows or other sources of daylight. I was absolutely drawn to this space that I found on Instagram, @chrislovesjulia. I adore the light, bright and open feel without a window present! Keeping the walls white, along with light, upholstered furniture, allows the space to stay bright! I love how she brought in warmth and texture with the coffee table, shiplap wall and the frames around her engineered prints.
I was very excited to come across this laundry room reveal done by Jenna Sue Designs. Their situation was very similar to ours with the desire to move the laundry room from the mail floor to the basement. I know, it sounds like a terrible idea, but when you're repeatedly nailed with the door coming in from the garage and trapped by the door going into the kitchen, you start to rethink things! Her finished area is similar to ours in the making due to the low ceiling height. I love how she utilized her space and I hope ours turns out half as functional and beautiful has Jenna's did!
This 3rd space I came across via Pinterest, but then tracked it down to Jen on Instagram @linenandbasil. Similar to the first inspiration photo, she has done a wonderful job creating a bright space where lack of natural daylight is a factor. Good use of can lighting, white paint on the shiplap walls and a white slip covered sofa all come together for a bright and open space! Her design brings in warmth with the exposed wood beams, wood coffee tables and the cozy throw pillows and flannel blanket.
This 4th space goes against all the previous things I spoke of, light, bright and white! lol However, it feels so warm and cozy and has a perfect touch of character! And I love me some brick! We will be adding a kitchenette area to our finished basement space and this photo I came across on Pinterest (my apologies, I could not find the original source) was a great jumping off point for me! I would love to incorporate a brick back splash, (although I will most likely German schmear mine, to brighten it up), as well as have floating shelving above.
Last, but certainly not least, I couldn't talk basement inspiration without mentioning Denise's basement, we have probably all seen on Instagram @themodestfarmhouse! She did a splendid job and if we didn't know any better, one may think this is part of her main living space! The texture of the shiplap, the bright furniture plus the warmth of the fireplace and perfectly added greenery, all pull together to make this a favorite hang out spot for sure! I also love the addition of the wall sconces, which I made plans to add around our space as well. Good lighting is key in a basement!
Thanks for checking out my Top 5 basement inspiration pics as we continue on the journey of designing our finished basement. As I type, the drywaller's are continuing the task of mudding and taping, and I wait to get to painting! Looks like we'll have paint brushed and rollers in our hands as early as this coming weekend! Stay tuned!