I have seen many homes that have beautiful living rooms, family rooms and kitchens, but unfinished basement spaces. I know that main floor rooms are used the most, but I think a basement should be used for living and entertaining too. If you have an unfinished basement, below are some ideas on how to convert this unused space into a room for entertainment and family gatherings.
If your unfinished basement has finished walls in place, paint them a rich warm color. Some color suggestions are light chocolate, burnt orange, berry, or deep mango. If you have at least three walls in your basement, I would put some type of paneling on one of them. Dark or light paneling would work. The paneling will blend in well with the paint color, and make the basement feel cozy and warm. Or, if you don’t want to panel the entire wall, just trim the top and bottom borders. This wall will be the focal point of the basement, which would be a good place to put a television or sound system.
Most basement floors are made out of concrete, and if this is the case with your basement I suggest putting down a tile floor. To go along with the color of the walls, I would select a medium brown colored tile. I think tile floors work best in a basement, because they are easy to maintain and clean. I would select a simple tile pattern, versus one that has a lot of flowers, stripes or polka dots. A simple tile design will make the space flow better, and will blend with any type of furniture.
On the other hand, if you want your basement to have an industrial loft look, than don’t cover up the concrete floors. Instead, just put down a large throw rug in the middle of the floor to add a little color.
Now that you have taken care of the walls and floors, you want to make sure that the ceiling is stable. This safety check should include checking for leaks, loose wiring, or structural problems. If your ceiling tiles need replacing, you can find affordable ceiling tile replacements at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Just make sure you get accurate measurements of the size, color and number of tiles you need.
To make the space comfortable for entertaining and family gatherings, add an L-shaped or three seat sofa, two large recliners, eating trays, and a mini-refrigerator. In addition, if you have a large enough space I would put in a large video game machine or an air hockey table. If you can’t afford to purchase all these items, just purchase the ones you feel you will get the most use out of.
Your basement is now ready for family gatherings and entertaining.