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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Basement Decor

It’s not uncommon to discover that your basement isn’t exactly the most appealing room in your home.

While it’s true that basements generally have lower ceilings and darker lighting than the rooms upstairs, there are plenty of creative ways to make the space more inviting and appealing.

If you’re looking to decorate your basement, try out these tips for choosing the right decor below.

  1. Open Shelving
  2. If you plan to host social gatherings in your basement, you need to consider open shelving instead of closed ones.
  3. Open shelving will make it easy to view and showcase all of your wonderful decorations and collectibles without any hassle.
  4. Furthermore, open shelving can be used as a storage space for all of your party supplies and even make it easier for everyone to access them. By choosing open shelving, you can keep things out in plain sight instead of hidden away!
  1. Colorful Floors
  2. Want to make your basement feel more like a den? Try using different shades of one color, like navy blue or red. It's an easy way to make your basement feel bigger.
  3. And it’s not just for basements either. Living rooms, dining rooms, and other large areas can benefit from vivid flooring too. You can even use bold walls to pull off a monochromatic scheme.
  1. Lighting Design
  2. When planning your basement renovation, don’t forget about lighting.
  3. Without enough lighting, your basement will likely feel cave-like and dark—not ideal if you plan to spend time down there. You can install floor lamps throughout your basement to give it a more open and inviting atmosphere.
  4. Floor lamps are not only easy to move around, but they’re also inexpensive, making them perfect for basement spaces that double as extra living space or guest bedrooms.
  1. Interior Wall Finishing
  2. Your basement interior wall finishing will greatly impact your home’s style. For a modern space, consider white, light grey, or black wall paint to open up your walls and allow more natural light to come in.
  3. If you’re going for a rustic look, brick or wood paneling is a great choice. Don’t forget accent wall paint either. Paint one wall one bold color and leave others white or grey so you can keep things interesting.
  4. In general, too much color tends to look tacky in basements because of their concrete floors and lack of natural lighting. Dark colors will also make small rooms feel even smaller and unfinished spaces.
  1. Stylish Furniture
  2. Installing basement furnishings can be tricky, but doing so tastefully can be simple. Choose pieces that are comfortable and stylish, and they’ll keep your guests happy with where they’re sitting.
  3. Make sure to include plenty of cushions and poufs to give guests ample seating options. If you don’t have a lot of space, consider furniture with built-in storage or ottomans that double as extra seating.


Once you’ve decided on a layout and decor theme, don’t deviate from it. For example, you may think a wine rack or a pool table will improve your basement, but think about how it fits your overall design strategy.

It will feel out of place if it doesn’t fit into your plans. Plus, sticking to a theme makes it easier to put together a cohesive basement that represents who you are as a person.

Keep in mind that redecorating the basement increases the value of your home when you want to sell.