How to Design a Bright and Beautiful Basement

Do you feel as though your family might be outgrowing your current home? Are you looking for ways to add extra space for a children’s playroom, teenager’s bedroom, or even a home theater? You don’t need to move — you’re standing over a gold mine of square footage! Basement finishing offers plenty of extra space that can be designed exactly to your specifications. However, one frequently overlooked element in finished basements is natural lighting. Consider these tips from the home-remodeling experts at Tom Madsen LLC and let the light shine in!

How to Design a Bright and Beautiful Basement


Open concept design has remained a popular home design element for several years now, and it’s not hard to see why. Instead of having several rooms closed off from each other, you can create barrier-free spaces that allow people (and light) to flow freely. Additionally, to achieve a bright basement, select wall colors that are light and bright to reflect the light. Basement ceilings often feel low, so steer clear from painting them in dark colors that may feel oppressive.


Many basements simply lack large windows that would offer plenty of natural light. As you work with our team to finish your basement, consider expanding the windows to let in as much light as possible. Once you’ve got your big windows, choose window coverings that allow natural light to filter in. There are some excellent privacy shades and blinds on the market that allow light to pass through but prevent curious passersby from seeing in.


Once you’ve exhausted all of your natural lighting options, it’s time to add in some extra lights. Consider using various light sources, the more the better. Pot lights, task lights and table lamps strategically placed will supplement one another and light up every corner. Finally, remember that placing light fixtures along the perimeter of the room is a great design trick to make a space appear much larger and brighter.

Instead of going househunting to find more space, finish your basement and continue building memories in the home you already love. For your free quote, contact Tom Madsen LLC in Sussex, NJ, at (973) 875-9716. In addition to basement remodeling, we also offer fire restoration, sunrooms, decks and patios, and exterior home improvement work.