Basements, in their natural state, are bad Feng Shui. The damp, dark, and cold make them too Yin to be a good environment. But, as a household that has our only family room in our basement, I feel there is a way to combat the yin aspects and add to the living space of your home. Here are a few steps you can follow to turn around the Yin nature of your basement to make it an inviting space.
- Keep it dry. To remove the chance of dangerous molds and mildew it is very important to take steps to make the space dry. I always suggest a dehumidifier in a subterranean space. Some homes have to go as far as secure water proofing companies to make sure seepage issues are controlled.
- Let there be light. Adding as much light as possible to combat the dark. A lamp or two usually won't due, rather, overhead recessed lighting or track lighting should be used for maximum brightness. They even make compact fluorescence in daylight spectrum. Add a dimmer switch if you want to be able to control the lighting for movie watching.
- Wood over carpet. Using wood or tile flooring instead of carpeting is going to help with the first step. Carpet only holds moisture and adds to the possibility of molds and mildews creeping in.
- Lighten up. Use a light color pallet to help add to the yang and decrease the yin. Dark colors are fine but should only be used where lots of nature light is found. Light colors, like the example on the left, will brighten the entire room.
So go for it and turn that basement around. Add to the square footage and enjoyment of your home.