So, you've finally finished your basement and now you're left with the task of decorating it. The good news is that finishing a basement is the most difficult part. Depending on the size and scope, it can easily take months to complete a basement. However, all of your efforts are in vain unless you actually decorate it. Consider the following tips outlined below to create an attractive, well-designed basement.
#1) Paint the Walls
One of the first steps in decorating a finished basement is to paint the walls. Assuming your basement walls aren't already painted, this is where you should begin. Take a trip to your local home improvement store to pick up some sample paint swatches. When you return, tack several different colored swatches to the wall to see what color looks best. Once you've selected a color, pick up some brushes, rollers and other equipment and start painting.
It's also a good idea to install some shelves in your finished basement. Normally, finished basements look bare, as they lack furniture and features found in the living quarters of the home. You can overcome this hurdle, however, by installing some shelves in your basement. Not only will this improve the decor, but it also creates new storage space, which is an invaluable commodity anywhere in the home.
Now comes the task of choosing furniture for your basement. Some homeowners simply place all of their "extra" furniture in the basement, disregarding its color and whether it matches the surrounding decor. Nine out of ten times, this results in a messy, awkward design that hurts the basement's decor. So, only choose furniture that matches and flows cohesively with the decor. If your basement walls are painted brown, for instance, avoid using black furniture.
#4) Decorate the Walls
Of course, you should also decorate your basement walls. After allowing ample time for the paint to dry, you can begin filling the walls with decorative accessories. Some ideas to consider include paintings, framed photos, sports memorabilia (great for game rooms), movie posters and cuckoo clocks. One of the perks of decorating basements is the freedom it offers to choose unique accessories for the wall. Unlike the living room and other high-traffic communal areas, you aren't bound to traditional decorating tactics.
#5) Lighten It Up
Lighting plays a key role in a home's decor, and the basement is no exception. It enhances focal points while creating a more functional environment. Therefore, you should install proper lighting throughout your basement, especially in areas designed for lounging.