New Forest House
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Lighten up a basement roomBasement rooms are in danger of seeming dark and dingy, but don’t let a lack of windows spoil the atmosphere. Here, a long thin pane in a cathedral-style ceiling lets in light from above. This light reflects off the white wall and bounces into the rest of the room. A similar technique can be used for rooms higher up, too, by introducing a strip of glass floor that allows light in from the room below.
10. Think wood-effect concreteConcrete was previously considered a construction material, but is increasingly being used as an exposed finished surface. To create a warmer look, concrete can be set with the appearance of wood. If it is stained the right colour, it can be a convincing wood alternative as you can see on this stunning wall. You’d never know it wasn’t wood!The main benefit of concrete is that it is extremely hard-wearing, so it can be applied to areas where wood would be impractical. For example, high traffic zones, wet areas or outdoors on a patio or around a pool. Concrete isn’t particularly environmentally friendly, but once in place – and if treated and maintained correctly – it should last a lifetime. Learn how to experiment with exposed concrete Read more:Why Restored Wood Is the New ‘It’ Material for Homes10 Unique Options for Your FloorsTell us:Are you tempted to use any of these as a solid wood alternative? Let us know in the Comments below.