One of the most neglected rooms in many homes is the basement. Sure, it may be finished, but how many of us spend as much time agonizing over paint colors and decor schemes for our basement as we do in our kitchens or living rooms? But there's no reason to pick a dull, neutral for your basement paint when you can add a little bit of charm with a few swipes.
Choosing the right color for your basement is easier if you understand the challenges of basement space. To get it just right, be sure to sample any colors you're considering, and take the time to adjust your lighting once the color is up on the walls.
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When it comes to picking a color for your basement, it's important to consider how you'll use the space. If you foresee it becoming a second living room, go for colors that are soothing and relaxing. Sherwin-Williams' Mindful Gray is an incredibly versatile shade with cool blue undertones. It's just light enough to brighten a space, but not sterile or industrial.
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White can be a great pick for your basement because it lightens the space and helps take the place of natural light. That said, you want to ensure you don't pick a sterile or overly pure white that will make the space feel too cold. Magnolia's One Horn White is a warm off-white that feels cozy in any space, but especially so in a basement. If you're creating a basement bedroom or den, this is a great color to keep a light palette but add a little bit of comfort.
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Some basements have more natural light than others, but if yours is truly lacking sunshine, reach for the artificial kind. Benjamin Moore's Morning Sunshine can amplify the feeling of whatever light is coming in and works well for an office, guest room, or playroom. This medium warm yellow hue keeps everything looking light and bright.
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Blue is a popular color for basements, but it is important to choose a blue that does not overwhelm the space or make it feel too dark. We love Sherwin-Williams' Manitou Blue because it provides just enough color to energize the space but doesn't feel too overly saturated. Try it in a basement kitchen, bathroom, or guest room.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Basements don't have to be dark and masculine. Sherwin-Williams Watery SW is a universally appealing blue, with just a hint of green undertone. It gives off a spa-like vibe and feels relaxing in any basement space. If you're hoping to create a little retreat downstairs, this is the perfect shade to reach for.
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Behr's Moss Mist is a lovely shade of light green that appears more white in larger, open spaces. The cool, earthy feel helps keep the color grounded and mature, but the slight hint of color adds personality. Try it in basement offices or bedrooms to add just enough color to brighten up the basement.
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If you love the idea of a swanky media room or lounge, Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams hits all the right notes. Peppercorn is a warm dark gray paint color that can anchor a basement. Use it as an accent wall, a half-wall stripe, or even an all-over color with the right lighting.
The secret to using a bold color like this is to accept that the room will be dark until it's lit properly. Choose adequate lighting for the activities in the basement, adjusting the lights and bulbs until you get just the right effect.