If your basement has an outdoor entrance, it’s important to make it as attractive as possible, particularly if it is being used as separate living quarters. Here are some ideas for sprucing up a basement entrance that you’ll definitely want to consider.
Decorating Concrete Walls
The concrete walls leading down to your basement can present a drab appearance, which is why you should spruce them up a bit. Doing so doesn’t have to be difficult, as even something as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint can provide a fresh new look to these walls. Covering them with stone veneer will also make your walls appear warm and cozy, especially when paired with a wooden railing and a few strategically-placed potted plants.
The entry door itself is likely to become a focal point for this area. Make it as attractive as possible by painting your door a bright shade of red and adding a colorful welcome mat. You could then frame your door on either side with trailing vines of ivy cascading down from your entry walls. A grapevine wreath and a few strands of white or clear Christmas lights could be used to add a finishing touch.
If your basement entrance is used frequently, you may want to consider fully enclosing it. Doing so is actually quite simple, and only requires extending the outer walls upward and adding a small, slanted roof. Keep in mind that this will also reduce the amount of light inside your entry, so you will need to install an overhead light if there isn’t already one there. Motion lights that come on automatically whenever the door is opened are ideal, since you wouldn’t have to wrestle with finding the light switch when carrying packages up and down the stairs.
Enclosing your entryway in glass is one way to turn this space into a makeshift greenhouse. A greenhouse enclosure would be perfect whenever you have a walkout basement that is partially surrounded by a retaining wall. Use glass to form the roof and walls, and create shelves along the retaining wall for placing potted plants on. Hooks could also be suspended from the ceiling to allow for one or more hanging baskets.
Wrought Iron Accents
A wrought iron grid placed on your entry walls will also provide you with space for growing trailing vines or flowers. It will also make it easy for you to hang baskets of ferns or hostas. Add a wrought iron railing around the top edges of your wall and alongside your stairs for continuity. Use brick pavers to cover the floor of your entryway, and add a small metal table and some chairs to make this space look more like a traditional patio.
A basement entry doesn’t have to be uninviting, as there are several things you can do to make it attractive. The ideas presented here require very few materials, so they are also very cost-effective to implement.