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What are some basement ideas for those on a budget?

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Making great use of structural features already found in the basement is a great way to start planning a basement makeover. The best ideas include finding low-cost, creative ways to incorporate existing ceilings, walls, beams, windows and flooring into the design concept.

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Using color in smart ways is very cost-effective. Consider painting the ceiling a dark color to make the ceiling appear higher. Choose paint colors found along the entire color spectrum. Selecting one soft color, or two shades that complement each other, adds more warmth to a room. For instance, substitute all-white walls with neutral shades of cream and tan. Another way to create a warm, cozy feel is to install wood paneling on the walls, which looks especially nice when paired with wood ceilings and floors.

A sense of cozy comfort is also created by selecting cushy chairs and couches similar to those found in the living room. Avoid mismatched furniture that is worn out. Instead, purchase attractive, low-cost furnishings. Homeowners can create more storage space by incorporating built-in wall shelving and bookcases. One idea for brightening up a basement is to install track lighting. Selecting unique and colorful decorative accessories such as pillows, artwork, coffee tables, ottomans and small tables really makes a basement inviting.

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