There are a lot of words we can use to describe our basements, but is “awesome” really one of them? We tend not to think about our basements all that much – out of sight, out of mind. However, awkward as it may be at first to think of your basement as a bastion of decorating awesomeness, the fact is it can actually be an underrated way to boost your home’s aesthetic (and property) value big time. With that in mind, let’s dive right into the best decorating ideas for introducing a little awesomeness into your basement décor with the right splashes of paint
Your basement is already a dark enough space. You don’t need to add to that by choosing dark, gloomy paint colors. It is, thus, in your best interest to choose paints that are on the lighter side of the spectrum. Creams and beiges can work well here, along with a few brighter colors that you may be too timid to try in more populated areas. Light greens and reds maybe a bit too much for your upstairs décor, but they can infuse your basement with some personality.
These bolder colors also tend to be richer, which is another plus. You don’t want your colors completely obscured by the shadows that are sure to be present at the basement level. Choosing rich colors can help your basement’s paint job stand out better.
Just because bright, bolder colors work better for basements doesn’t mean you have to turn it into a multicolored wonderland. On the contrary, when it comes to decorating and painting your basement, less is often more. Even the most well-painted basement isn’t typically a very lavish space, so it pays to be a bit more understated in your paint scheme. What’s more, even if you plan on spending time down there for recreational purposes, chances are you won’t be down there as often as other spaces in your home, so you should save your most elaborate paint schemes for rooms where you’ll be more often.
Lighting can play a big role in making your basement’s paint scheme come alive. To make the most of your lighting, you’ll want to opt for glossy paint finishes. These reflect light well, making the space a bit brighter while simultaneously helping your walls appear smoother and sleeker.
Painting a basement presents a unique challenge for homeowners. While most rooms in your home require painting on wooden or drywall surfaces, in the case of your basement, you’ll probably have to deal with at least some concrete. You will, thus, want to make sure you are choosing paints that are concrete-friendly. Make sure the paint you are using is designed to be used with concrete, and that it will show up well on the surfaces you are planning to paint.