6 Basement Decorating Ideas You'll Love

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Starting with a blank slate on a renovation project can inspire some wonderful basement decorating ideas. Although it can be fun to dream of different decorating themes, there are also a few practical things to keep in mind when decorating your basement. By putting creative and practical ideas together, you can be sure to build a basement that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Choose a Theme

Basements are frequently decorated to make additional space for hobbyists. Make sure you maximize your decorating potential by choosing a theme that suits your personality.

Sports fanatics will love watching the big game surrounded by action artwork or other memorabilia while those with a taste for travel might want to hang out in a room that reminds them of a favorite destination. If your basement project is to build a children’s playroom, decorate the walls with murals of their favorite cartoon characters.

Central Piece

Pick out a piece of furniture to be the central focus of your basement and decorate the rest of the room around it. It could be a big-screen TV, a fireplace, a bar, or bookshelves. Once you’ve decided on the focal point, make sure everything else directs attention toward it. Arrange the furniture so that your main piece is always visible during a conversation. Also, balance artwork around the focal point to add presence.


Basements are often dark places, to begin with, so use light-colored flooring and wall panels, and use paint colors as bright as possible. Stick to your theme, but keep the colors as neutral and light as you can. Dark colors will make the room seem smaller and the ceiling lower.


Since basement sub-floors are made of concrete, they can cause a bit of a challenge when finishing your basement. Putting down a thin layer of carpet or tiles will still leave the floor as cold as the bare cement underneath.

Most hardware stores sell sub-flooring specifically for basements. This product helps control moisture while giving you an insulated surface on which to build. Once you have good sub-flooring in place, other choices are endless. If you like the look of a wooden floor, think about engineered hardwood or laminate flooring to finish your floors to perfection.


You need to make sure there is ample lighting in your finished basement. Remember to wire for lighting fixtures, light switches, and outlet boxes before you put up any drywall. Because basement ceilings are lower than in the rest of the house, use recessed lights to brighten the basement and keep people from bumping their heads.

You will need several electrical outlets around your basement for table lamps or other light sources. Keep lighting for different areas of your basement on different switches so you can pick and choose which parts of the room you want to light up.


If properly planned, storage can add a decorative touch to your basement. Build benches along the wall that can lift open to provide storage for pillows and blankets. Bookshelves can be built from floor to ceiling and cupboard doors on their bottom half can easily hide toys and magazines. Recessed shelving is also perfect for creating additional space in your basement.