Ask Yourself Important Questions
When you are tackling decorations in your basement, you need to assess what type of basement you have (such as finished, partially finished or unfinished) and what you are going to use the basement for. Many basements are dark because they have windows like the one in the picture with this article. The windows are small and near the top of the walls to let in just a little sunlight. So, ask yourself, "What am I going to use my basement for?" "Is it finished like I want (with carpeting, paneling, and so on), or will I be doing more work to it in the future, so I need simple window decorations now?" "Do I need as much light as possible or do I need it darker?" Once you have answered these questions and figured out the purpose of your basement -- children's play room, photography studio, party room, storage space -- then you can start decorating your basement windows.
Different Window Coverings
If you want your basement to be as bright as possible, it is a good idea to cover your basement windows with a light-colored shade or white blinds that let in sunlight. You can find different types of window coverings at the website Best Buy Blinds, which is listed in the Resources section of this article. If you need your basement to be dark for a daytime sleeper, then you will want to choose different window coverings when you decorate your basement windows. You can choose a heavy shade or room-darkening blinds.
Curtains and Valances
After reading section 2 or checking out Best Buy Blinds, you might have been surprised at how many different blinds or shades you can use to decorate your basement windows. There are even more curtain or valance choices. The first thing you need to do is decide on your color scheme. After you know what colors you want, then look at your windows realistically. If you have small windows like the one in the picture, then a valance will probably be easier to fit correctly and look nicer on your windows. Again, if you need a dark room, buying heavy and dark curtains will help keep out the sunlight. Don't forget when buying your window decorations to take your measurements to the store with you and buy all the necessary pieces, such as curtain rods or brackets, before you return home to decorate your basement windows.