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by Iris Benaroia

Updated February 28, 2022

Below-ground living comes with its challenges: there’s not enough light; it can feel gloomy; it’s often cold and when it’s not cold, it can still feel cold; the head-bonking problem… the list goes on. While you can’t raise a ceiling without a substantial renovation, you can improve those other issues – and then some – with crafty tweaks. Read on for some snappy solutions to improve your subterranean bedrooms.

Published on July 21, 2020, Updated February 27, 2022

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Pick White Paint

It may seem counterintuitive (here you are trying to warm up your basem*nt), but an all-white room can feel airy and cozy. Opt for a white that’s close to pure white but with warm undertones. For example, Behr’s Smoky White is a clean, cozy colour that’s good at amplifying light in any space. We also love the bright, calm Simply White from Benjamin Moore. For added warmth and coziness in an all-white space, be sure to layer your lair with high-quality bedding (we’re digging the coastal direction Samantha Pynn went on this Save My Reno space).

Related: The Best Colour Palettes to Brighten a Basem*nt

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Choose a Warm Flooring Material

Flooring is crucial in a basem*nt – ceramic tile is cold underfoot (unless it’s heated). In this restful guest bedroom by the Save My Reno team, grey engineered wood floors are pleasing to the eye (and the feet). An area rug brings in another cozy layer.

Related: Your 10 Most Common Basem*nt Dilemmas, Solved

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Pick Punchy Artwork

Scott McGillvray did a jaw-dropping job for Buyers Bootcamp on this previously drab little number. The basem*nt bedroom has a jazzy wall treatment and abstract artwork. Patterned pillows hit yet another dynamic note. The more dynamic artwork you can artistically and cohesively layer in a space, the cozier and more personable it can feel.

Related:10 Tips for Creating the Ideal Basem*nt Apartment, According to Scott McGillivray

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Lauren Kolyn

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Incorporate Warm Wood

Just because a bedroom is in the basem*nt is no reason to deprive it of the personality you’d infuse in an upstairs bedroom. When choosing furniture, try timeless pieces made of real wood to bring warmth into the space. Pair with elements like sleek light sources and exciting artwork to achieve cool vibes in these below-ground spaces. Minimalist and inviting, this basem*nt bedroom rivals ones on the upper floors. The mid-century modern headboard has a retro feel that adds warmth to the room – and the colourful abstract by Quebec painter Claire Desjardins adds beautiful contrast and colour.

Related: 20 Clever Ways to Increase the Value of Your Basem*nt

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Tera Janelle Design

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Pad Your Pad

The vibes in your basem*nt is all about perspective – is it cramped and dreary, or is it cozy and cushy? Pad your pad… literally! Up the cozy levels in your space with elements like upholstered headboards, layered cushions, snug bedding, comfy chairs, and much more. Soon enough, you’ll be snuggled up in your luxurious linens, heaps of pillows and cushy headboard. All you’ll need then are a dish of bonbons and a co*cktail. Now sink back and enjoy the ambience – because when a basem*nt bedroom gets some love, it’s a thing of beauty (as this room by Tera Janelle Design shows).

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Colour Block a Wall

Paint is your best friend in the basem*nt. Create a cocooning effect, like interior designer Suzanne Kryton did in this bright and bold basem*nt bedroom. The green feature wall draws in the eye, bringing personality to the space. The ledge in the room is a natural spot for artwork. Here is some beautiful artwork for under $100.

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Janis Nicolay

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Splurge on Glass Doors

Basem*nts are notorious for their small windows. If budget allows, glass doors are the answer to the darkness and a creative twist to the usual. This architecturally striking setup allows the natural light to filter through the entire space, while the curtains can be pulled across for privacy. Here are more ideas to brighten a basem*nt.

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Carry the Curtains to the Floor

The Save My Reno team created this elegant sage green basem*nt bedroom that has so many “yes” moments. Carrying the curtains to the floor creates a sense of elegance (yes!). A patterned rug is so cozy (yes!) and perfectly placed sconces are great for reading in bed (yes!).Check out more design tips on how to create a rejuvenating bedroom sanctuary.

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When in Doubt, Go Maximalist

It’s a misnomer that small rooms should only have dinky furniture and stick to minimalistic styling. Furnishing a basem*nt bedroom can use all the help it can get. Follow Scott McGillivray’s lead on Buyers Bootcamp and go all out when decorating. Go for two nightstands and add accessories, like table lamps and a bed layered in prints, because sometimes, more is more.

Related: Our Most Popular Basem*nt Design Ideas on Pinterest

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Beautify the Walls

Home to Win

‘s Mia Parres created this knockout guest suite. Did we mention it’s a freakin’ basem*nt? The room thrills. From the stencilled walls that play off the sunburst mirror to the full-length curtains (a total cheat to make a window look like it’s larger then it is), this basem*nt really has it all. Oh, and points also for the layered bedding, storage baskets and graphic art.

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Customize It!

A Murphy bed, while not the cheapest solution, is both a space saver (just tuck it away when not in use) and a stylish answer to create sleeping quarters in a multi-use space. Here are genius furniture designs for small spaces.

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Make It Cottage-Cozy

Cottage styling works extremely well for small spaces like basem*nts because cottages specialize in making limited square footage feel like luxury. This spacious guest suite from the Buyers Bootcamp team does a great job of bringing a cozy feel. The combination of the red closet door, patterned cushions and white shiplap walls results in a cottage-inspired bedroom you’ll never want to leave.

Related: 10 Beautiful Basem*nts That Will Inspire You to Renovate Your Lower Level

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Stacey Brandford

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Stick to a Palette

Sarah Richardson wows again in Sarah Off the Grid. For major charm, her basem*nt bedroom built for four kiddos has both sunny yellow wallpaper and painted white barn-board trim. The cohesive yellow, white and grey colour palette really makes the space sing.

Related: Sarah Richardson’s Most Beautiful Bedrooms

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Janis Nicolay

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Decorate With Fresh Flowers

A home with pops of colour is a happy one, as seen in this Vancouver home. In the basem*nt, fresh flowers, a well-dressed bed and a painting by Miriam Aroeste are inviting touches. Just because you’re in the basem*nt, it doesn’t mean that plant life is off limits. Looking to add more plants to your basem*nt bedroom? These are the the best bedroom plants that will help you get a better sleep.

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Install Fancy Panelling

Studio P’s Priya Mitrovic hit the sophisticated jackpot using architectural panelling painted in a punchy hue. Graphic bedding and rich wood further create an elegant and welcoming space. In addition to wall panelling, try these other tips to add more character to your bedroom.

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Beautify with Built-Ins

Whether below ground or above, custom millwork commands attention. In a basem*nt situation, it conveys that your place means business – it isn’t a throwaway zone with a bed. Case in point: this lovely renovation by Interior Fox. The team had a carpenter fit out the wardrobes and panelling as well as kit out the window perch, adding a rich, sophisticated look. The stellar lighting includes a modern multi-armed ceiling fixture, various sconces and pot lights.

Related:The 8 Coolest Lighting Trends That Will Transform Any Room

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Decorate Eclectically

Basem*nts can sometimes feel like an afterthought, stuffed with furnishings that aren’t good enough for upstairs. Instead, try decorating with as much care as you do the rest of your house. An upcycled side table with splayed feet and old-timey hardware adds up to quirky fun in this guest basem*nt bedroom by HGTV Canada’s Save My Reno team.

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