Basements are great fun to decorate because this is a space that's all about gathering together for fun as a family or with friends. There's no reason to settle for boring, neutral colors if your basement is going to be the main hangout spot in your home.
Choosing the right color 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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A deep rich red like Benjamin Moore's Pomegranate AF-295 can create a stunning media room. A saturated red can work with a variety of styles and accent colors.
Here, the white trim and ceiling keep the room from feeling heavy while contrasting with the spirited red. The feeling here is that of a classic Hollywood screening room.
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For a basement that lacks natural light, a cheery yellow such as Morning Sunshine 2018-50 from Benjamin Moore can amplify the feeling of whatever light is coming in. If the basement will be used as an office, guest room, or playroom, painting it a warm yellow keeps everything looking light and bright.
Even with a sunny color like Morning Sunshine, you'll want to make sure there's adequate lighting around the room to keep the color from looking muddy.
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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.
Choosing blue paint can be difficult because blue can look harmless on a color strip, but it can become electric once painted on several walls. Manitou Blue SW 6501 by Sherwin-Williams has the comfort of worn denim but the clarity of a more energetic blue.
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Basements don't have to be dark and masculine. Watery SW 6478, by Sherwin-Williams, is a universally appealing blue, with just a hint of green undertone. In this sample, the green tones keep the color from feeling too much like a baby blue and more like a spa blue or aqua, which can imbue the space with a relaxing vibe.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Neutral colors work well in basements, too. If you're looking for a neutral color but want it to have a little more oomph, a neutral like Timothy Straw 2149-40 from Benjamin Moore is a color to consider for your basement. In this sample, the slight green undertone keeps the color from looking like a business-as-usual neutral.
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If you love the idea of a swanky media room or lounge, Peppercorn SW 7674 from the HGTV Home collection 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, as a half-wall stripe, or even as 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.
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Ever consider purple? A deep, saturated purple like Purple Passage SW 6551 by Sherwin-Williams can be a fun alternative to, say, navy blue or hunter green. Purple, used throughout or as an accent wall, can stimulate creativity and play, and with the proper lighting, this could make an excellent choice for a game room, sports lounge, or teen hangout.