In this example, we had to start completely from scratch. Open steps are usually the way to go when you are trying to create an open floor plan. However in this situation we chose to close in the steps to create a divider for the two separate rooms on wither side. This made the steps appear very dark, so we needed a solution. Our designers came up with the great idea of adding lights under the steps to illuminate the space. The lights, in addition to covering the steps with carpet, gave the stairway a nice, warm ambiance and created a beautiful entrance to the basement.