Basement: Very Preliminary Inspiration

February 29, 2012 § 2 Comments

As hinted before, we’re planning to finish our basement. It won’t be finished-finished with home grade flooring, heating, surfaces, decoration, and whatnot. We’d just like to seal the concrete walls and floor and spruce the space up a bit, maybe paint. (I’ve always found the color of unpainted concrete very depressing. Brr!)

It would be good to have some built-in shelving, either open or covered. For one, we need it for the occasional bulk item (potatoes, paper towels, etc.). If open, it could be something like here:

Swedish summer cottage kitchen

Photo: Magnus Anesund.

From the portfolio of Swedish photographer Magnus Anesund. Found via Desire to Inspire.

Or possibly with bright color accents:

Shelving w/ Accent Color

Benita Larsson.

Chez Larsson.

Shelving w/ Accent Color

The Hub Design.

Found via Desire to Inspire. That’s a very attractive way to improve basic shelving with little effort.

Fabric curtains are an easy way to hide stuff. Like in this attic bedroom…

Attic bedroom

Designhund.

Found via Norske interiørblogger.

…or this basement:

Shelves behind curtains

Bonita Larsson.

From the Chez Larsson blog.

I’ve also already started collecting ideas for the basement stairs, which for the moment are merely unfinished plywood. We might end up just painting them a fun color.

Now we need to prepare for snow. Our corner of Massachusetts might get 6 inches (15 cm) in the next 24 hours.

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