Monthly Archives: November 2013

Decorating Dilemma: How do I get my basement to look less like a basement?







I recently studied many pictures to figure out what made some basements look less like basements. Here’s my list:

1) Enough artwork: Bare walls accentuate that a room is a basement because there’s nothing else to catch the eye. We might not think to put artwork in the basement, but it really helps reduce the basement feel.

2) Finishes like the rest of your house: Repeat features from your house in your basement (i.e. glass knobs, glass pane doors). It creates continuity and makes the basement feel more like the house.

3) A couple nicer pieces of furniture: Basements tend to collect the hand-me-downs. That’s fine, but have a couple of attractive pieces. Maybe include a pretty headboard in the guest room or a nice entertainment cabinet.

4) Lighter paint colors: I think darker colors tend to accentuate low ceilings and a lack of natural light. Usually in rooms with less light, I’m an advocate for darker colors. But in basements, I generally like lighter colors.

5) Better ceiling height: Digging a basement is a big undertaking, but often not as difficult as anticipated. You can gain significant ceiling height. Stay tuned for a future post on digging basements.

6) Full size windows: If digging, consider creating full size windows. These add a lot of light, provide safe egress, and make it feel less like a basement.

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The Power of a Front Door: November 2013

November 2014Tip of the month: Brown is a great alternative to black!

If you like a classic look, but are bored with black, consider brown! It’s especially pretty with red brick.

Benjamin Moore’s Exterior Ready mix colors are usually a safe bet. So you might start with Tudor Brown, or Charleston Brown if you like something lighter.

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How’s the Market? October 2013 Washington DC

032DC’s market momentum continued into October. Sales, new contracts, and median prices are all up this October over October last year. Full recap.

In my professional opinion, the next 3 months present a really good time to buy. New listings are up 34 percent this October over last October. Buyer activity generally declines with the holidays. And interest rates are holding fairly steady.

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