Basement decorating

Old 01-23-01, 09:07 AM
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We are in the middle of refinishing our basement. We are having the walls framed out and insulated, the floor also will be reframed and insulated which will make the room shorter. The current ceiling height is 7 feet, so it will be shortened by about 5 inches once the floor,carpet,etc is completed. The room is 24' by 24' and has 3 windows. My problem is how to make the room seem taller, and what color scheme should I go with to make it cozy but not feel too closed in. Also, any hints on how to decorate would be helpful. We are planning on making this a family/playroom with an entertainment center, exercise equipment, computer and wood-burning stove all to be included when it is finished.Can you help?
Old 01-23-01, 10:07 AM
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As rule of thumb, lighter colors create the illusion of space, and darker colors contain that space. But this rule allows for more than white ceilings. Bold colors like salmon pink and hunter green have become common, making whites an invaluable lighting accent. Door, trims, and fireplaces rely on white and lighter colors, energizing the darker tones.

It is becoming more common to use very light color tints for trims and ceilings, ie: sea-foam green in a green room. Though not quite pastel, these colors subtly continue the color of the room without sacrificing lightness and brightness.

You might try painting a wall very dark or even two adjacent walls. The remaining walls, then, are painted with a light taupe or a pale pastel, and the walls recede. The room opens up.

This same theory can be used to modify the feel of oddly-shaped rooms. Dark and warm colors will advance walls, light cool colors will cause them to resede.

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