11 Ideas to Help You Select Your Basement Wall Colors

Pastel blue walls in basement living room interior. Large corner sofa with blue pillows and ottoman. Vintage white and blue TV cabinet

Is your basement a dull and dreary space into which kids and adults alike refuse to go? Then perhaps it is time for a basement makeover. You need not spend a huge amount on this project; there are many budget basement remodel ideas that can help you create a comfortable, bright, and cheerful new living space.

Before you start searching for the best paint colors for your basement walls, think carefully about the functionality of the space. Is the room to be used as a kids’ playroom? Or would it rather be a TV room? Perhaps you would like to convert it into a home office, or a teenager’s hangout. These answers will give you an insight into the kind of changes your basement needs.

Next, think about the natural light in the basement. Is it dark and without windows? Then you might want to go in for lighter wall colors that can make it look bigger, brighter and more cheerful. Or you could utilize that darkness and convert the area into a cozy movie theater. All these factors can help you zero in on the best basement color ideas which will work for you and your family.

Presented below are 11 beautiful basement-remodeling photographs which we hope will help you select the right basement wall colors for your basement-makeover project.

1. A cheerful kids’ playroom

Play room in a  white basement living room

Converting a basement into a child’s playroom works for everyone as it helps keep the noise levels down! In this case, the orange rug and colorful shelves and frames add cheer to the room. Stackable storage shelves help you make use of the nooks and crannies and the open-design provides a perfect space to store toys, books, and games.

2. A functional laundry room

washing machine in basement

Small basements which cannot be used as family rooms or TV rooms can easily be converted into functional utility areas or into laundry rooms. Gray paint works very well in this case as it keeps the area clean and neat. The pretty floral backsplash running along the walls adds some cheer to the otherwise industrial décor. A slight variation in the gray shade of the cabinets adds a fine contrast to the lighter gray paint used on the walls.

3. Bright laundry room

washing machine

This is another great example of using the basement as a laundry room. Here, the space gets plenty of natural light thanks to the large windows. Orange storage baskets add a cheerful pop of color to the white and gray décor. The designer has used the additional space wisely by installing a desk and chair to create a workspace. The stacked laundry units free up space as well.

4. Cheerful yellow study or office room

Yellow works very well in this case as it adds brightness to what would otherwise have been a dull and dark basement without natural light. Whether you are planning to use the basement for your small home business or to entertain clients; yellow helps enhance productivity and concentration. Although there is very little natural light in this room, the bright wall paint color and the beige carpeting lighten up the area. Blue armchairs provide an interesting contrast with these hues.

5. Refreshing blue family room

pastel blue basement TV room

A basement can be easily converted into a TV room or a family room to relax and unwind after a long day. The powder blue paint refreshes and relaxes, yet it also invigorates and uplifts at the same time. The fireplace adds warmth and keeps the area inviting and cozy even in winters. A comfortable L-shaped beige-brown sofa and matching coffee table take the room’s coziness to a whole new level.

6. Red and white music room

White basement room with red and burgundy walls, carpet floor. Rehearsal room with drums

For a family with teenagers, the basement can become the ideal hangout spot. Let your kids hone their hobbies or crafts by converting a dull, gray basement into a music or band room. Maroon, red, and white paint colors work well in this small space, making it cheerful and functional.

7. Rustic gray family room

Basement living room space with fireplace and brick wall.

Gray has been one of the most popular paint colors for a basement and the trend is likely to continue into the coming years as well. Here, the gray walls and sofa work well with the exposed brick fireplace and unpolished wooden cabinets to give the basement a cozy, rustic feel.

8. Cozy and elegant TV room

Modern interior design of living room in basement, angled close up view of tv wall with book shelves, stucco plaster, wooden flooring

A basement can be easily turned into a wine cellar, a recreational area, or even guest quarters. This spacious basement has plenty of space for a large sofa, a coffee table, and a bookcase making it the ideal lounge area after a busy day at work. The lack of windows in a basement can be used to a natural advantage as it can turn the basement into a movie theater.

9. Addition of area rugs for bright pops of color

basement gym and TV room with area rug

Area rugs help tie different elements of a room. They are also less expensive than wall-to-wall carpeting and can be changed as per seasons. Here, the bright red-orange-yellow rug adds an understated elegance and drama to an otherwise neutral décor. Colorful cushions on a neutral gray sofa also add cheer to this basement. In this case, the basement is not just a recreational room but also a gym.

10. Warm autumnal colors

Large basement room with red rug and orange walls

Peach-orange walls, purple sofa, and a red carpet add a lot of drama and color to this basement which can function as a study room or children’s play area as well.

11. Recreational area with pool table, bar, and kitchenette

Basement in new construction home with bar and fireplace

The spacious basement provides plenty of room for a pool table and a kitchen or bar. Entertain your friends and family in this space that has an added elegance and charm thanks to the rich wooden cabinetry, recessed soft lighting, and hardwood flooring.