Inspiring Basement Ideas

By: Jean Boynton

Inspiring Basement Ideas

Tags: cool hang out,functional,relax,entertain

Basements are ideal for casual social activities for the whole family, or just for the kids. It's the perfect spot for the big screen TV, pool table, and to stash board games and craft supplies. Make this space inviting by finishing and decorating it like any upstairs room. Choose comfortable furnishings that can be easily rearranged to accommodate a few people or a crowd. Incorporate sound systems, internet connections, and good lighting to make the basement design functional.

 A basement bedroom and full or half bath makes an ideal suite for guests or teens. Think about who will sleep in the basement and the amenities they'll need to help you determine the best dimensions. Building codes also require that basement bedrooms have an emergency exit that leads directly outside, either through a door or a window.

A wet bar or mini kitchen in the basement makes entertaining much easier.  Ideally the kitchen should provide access to hot & cold water, as well as electrical outlets for an undercounter refrigerator, a microwave oven, small countertop appliances, and possibly a small dishwasher or dishwasher drawer.

Inspiring exposed concrete walls and contemporary furniture create an interesting counterbalance to the traditional wooden rafters above (and keep an eye on the ceiling throughout the rest of this home for some serious ceiling envy). This space takes advantage of a little white paint to brighten the concrete walls to the right. Yet it's just so simple and attractive, and it's as versatile in the interior design world as it is in construction.


This basement design features bench seating around a pedestal table, geometric pendant lights, and exposed brick walls which make this the perfect place for the whole family to gather.
 
 A few basic basement ceiling options when refinishing the space are concealing the joists, pipes, and ductwork with drywall or paneling, hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling, or leave everything exposed and paint it with a sprayer. Drywall brings the polish of main-level rooms to the basement.

 



A good lighting plan is key to making your basement an inviting gathering spot. Recessed cans like these create overall illumination as well as task and accent lighting for the bookshelves and artwork.  In addition to recessed lights, consider track lights & pendants to eliminate shadows on surfaces.

 

Basements have the potential to significantly increase the value of your property. By finishing this space, you can add a significant amount of usable living space to your property.