How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Basement

How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Basement


How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Basement

From a design standpoint, the color of your basement is one of the most important fashion decisions that you can make. It sets the tone of your downstairs area and it’s one of the first things that your guests will notice when they enter. The right paintjob can entice guests to spend the night or send them running within the first hour, but how are you supposed to know which colors are best?

Natural Light

Natural lighting is the determining factor when choosing a paint color. If your basement receives a lot of natural light, then you can use light or dark colors. If your basement is dark to begin with, however, then using darker colors will make it look drab and depressing.

Stone and Cinderblock Walls

Any stone or cinderblock walls need to be considered when choosing a color scheme. These types of walls can cause an unsightly gray shadow to creep over any adjacent walls, so white walls must be avoided. Whenever cinderblocks or stone walls are involved, you are going to have to use saturated colors to hide the shadows.

Open Basements

Some basements lack dividing walls, and here is where colors can be creatively used to define different rooms and break up spaces. Not everything has to match, so don’t be afraid to let the colors gently clash wherever necessary. All that really matters is that the areas are clearly defined.



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