It's so cheery and welcoming, you hardly know you're on the bottom floor.
1. Dress up the walls.
Tall wainscot gives the space a homey vibe while saving the drywall from dings
2. Be smart about storage.
Built-ins near a walk-out entry have room for coats and boots. Positioned to hug the stairway, they save space.
3. Layer on lighting.
Traditional wall sconces add charm in a basement, where can lights usually prevail. Here, a warm bronze finish and white shade complement the surrounding woodwork.
4. Build a better stair.
The first-floor door was removed to let sunlight spill downstairs. A handsome handrail and newel post were finished to match the built-ins.
5. Channel natural light.
Take every opportunity to brighten up closed-off rooms. A reeded-glass light on the bathroom door fosters an airy feeling inside but still permits privacy.