Tips for Creating the Perfect Basement

Decorating your basement can be a fun project, but with all the choices available to you in regards to decor and even layout, it can also be overwhelming. For those who simply don’t know where to start, designer Lisa Clark shares some of her basement decor favourites.

Creating a Strong Foundation

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Traditionally, finishing a basement is usually a four step process: frame and insulate your walls, poly them and only then can you start drywalling. With Smartwall from DRIcore, you can streamline this process, making it a project you can complete in a day. DRIcore provides you with a layer of mould resistant foam, which serves as your insulation, pre-drilled wood framing product, and drywall which can be easily snapped on top of your framing.

Using Dark Colours

The concept is that when it comes to choosing paint for your basement, you should stay away from dark colors. Lisa thinks this is one design rule you should definitely consider breaking. So long as you have proper lighting, there is no harm with going with a darker color like True North Strong from Beauti-tone, which is a deep indigo. She recommends going for a rich, warm colour to offset the typical cool feeling that basements tend to have.

Modular Furniture

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One of the definite perks of modular furniture is that you’re not stuck with one configuration like you would be with traditional furniture. An L-shaped configuration works well in a basement where you’re planning on setting up an entertainment room or a space in which to entertain where the shape doesn’t truncate your space. This will allow a large group of people to be seated in a way where they can easily see and interact with one another.


Originally posted on Canadian Home Trends Magazine

Canadian Home Trends magazine gives you a personal tour of the most stunning homes and condos across Canada. You’ll be inspired by a selection of accessible home décor products, trend reports, simple yet stylish DIY projects, and much more. In each issue, you are given the tools to recreate designer spaces you’ve always dreamt of having at home, in-depth renovation and design advice, colour palette and furniture pairings, and Canada’s best places to shop.

Text by Zakiya Kassam, As Seen On The Marc & Mandy Show, www.MarcandMandy.com



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