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These are the best paint colors for finished basements

Finishing a basement is certainly not an easy task. Installing temperature control, insulation, flooring, and walls, not the mention the decor, is definitely an intensive project. Once all the heavy construction is complete, though, you can stress less and have a little fun choosing paint and lighting for this bonus room.

Whether it’s a guest room, game room, or entertainment center, your basement should be warm, inviting, and sophisticated. Achieving this has much to do with the paint color on the walls. When searching for your perfect shade, keep in mind the size of the room as well as how much natural light it receives. In general, small, dimly lit rooms benefit from lighter colors whereas large, bright spaces can pull of darker hues. Understandably, with so many color options out there, picking just a few can feel a little overwhelming. To get you started, we’re going over the four best colors for your finished basement.

Soft grey

Soft grey paint is a designer’s old-reliable when it comes to basement walls because they brighten and soften spaces without creating the sterile and industrial feeling that white can give off. Soft greys reflect natural light to bring even more brightness into a typically dim room. It’s neutral enough to comfort any guest, but the depth of the grey makes it feel a little cozy. If you intend to use the basement as a second living room, soft grey will give the room a relaxed and soothing vibe, but don’t forget to add colorful accents to keep it interesting. By adding a few throw pillows and patterned accents, your basement will go from drab to fab in no time.

Warm yellows

If your basement lacks natural light, which many do, incorporate yellow walls to brighten up the room. Yellow paint, like soft grey, amplifies whatever light hits it, and the bright hue makes the basement a little more playful. Yellows with tan undertones can be quite versatile, as they’re colorful and bright, but not so bold that you’ll grow out of the look or get sick of it after a few months. If an all-yellow basement will be too overwhelming, consider an accent wall instead.

Shades of blue

Blue is a popular color choice for basements because it delivers something more interesting than tan or grey, but is still neutral enough to complement a variety of design styles and accent colors. Dark blue walls are very mature and work well for offices or older kids’ rooms. Because the color is so deep, be sure the room is filled with light, natural or otherwise, to prevent it from feeling too small. Lighter blues, on the other hand, can brighten up your basement, bringing a bit of fun to a playroom or TV room.

Natural greens

If the thought of a green basement conjures ideas of ’70s-style pea-green shag carpet, worry not. Greens are making a comeback for interior decorating because, when used smartly, they can add dimension to the room without overwhelming it with a bright, bold hue. Vibrant greens can lend inspiration to an otherwise dull basement and work best when paired with dark tile and wood. Darker greens, on the other hand, are more sophisticated and work well in a lounge or other relaxation space. Pale shades of green will enhance natural light and appear almost white or grey in larger spaces.

Regardless of the function of your newly finished basement, you can add color and other fun design elements without making it look like a funhouse. Picking the right color scheme can be the difference between a bonus room your family uses every so often, and a fun, inviting entertainment space that you never want to leave.

Especially if you have a smaller home, maximizing the area in the basement is crucial, whether you intend to use this space for entertaining or relaxing. As long as you have plenty of light and cozy couches to sit on, you can create the colorful basement of your dreams. This renovation project is certainly a heavy lift, but all the work will be well worth it when you’re lounging in the basement after a long day at work. We encourage you to explore any color option that piques your interest, but if you still can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with any of the tried and true suggestions above.

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