If you’re like the rest of us, chances are you don’t show off your basement in Instagram photos or on Facebook. Your basement is a place for ugly storage and your laundry. With these 45 basements, that isn’t the case. These rooms look like the rest of your house, only better! From wine cellar walls to recessed ceilings, these basements will inspire you to begin drywalling tomorrow!
Canned lighting and large windows make this basement feel like it’s on the first floor of the home! Even though the expansive windows don’t overlook the lawn, they offer a lot of natural light from above. The light carpet and light ceiling color also makes the room feel larger.
This rustic space makes the most of its basement location. Low ceilings with exposed wooden beams coordinate with the floor and built-in cabinets perfectly. A stone fireplace in the corner matches the other stone flooring which leads into the hallway. Instead of a traditional doorway, the designer framed them in rustic wood. Warm sconces installed on either side of the doorway also make the space feel relaxed and homey.
Even a basement can have a recessed ceiling! The ceiling makes this basement feel really open. A large couch with yellow and grey brighten up the lounge area and the fireplace in the corner makes you want to stay for cold, winter nights. Instead of simply hanging the screen for movies, the family had it framed architecturally with the drywall.
Walk-out basements like this one allow plenty of natural light to fill the space. You don’t feel like you’re in a traditional basement because you can open the door and walk outside anytime you want. This space makes the most of a built-in entertainment system in the corner. A rounded leather couch and other accents highlight the television. A fireplace and other built-ins make it unlike any other room in the home.
Instead of having separate rooms in a basement, this basement has an open-concept design. From the center, you can see the sitting area, bar area, and movie screening space. To avoid ugly support poles, the homeowner’s had theirs encapsulated in white, contemporary columns. The blue-ish grey wall paint that covers all of the walls is balanced out with black accents like tall floor vases and framed photographs on the wall.
You probably wouldn’t know this space was in a basement unless you toured the home yourself! The bright white woodwork and mix of fun colors makes this movie room inviting and airy. If you look at the picture, you’ll notice there are stairs in the other room leading to the first floor and there is a door that leads outside. Having the television and speakers built-in to the wall also makes it feel more luxurious and less like an afterthought in the room.
Most of us have those ugly half-sized windows in our basements. Instead of hiding them or downplaying them, the designers of this space highlighted them with beautiful shades! The wicker-like material is then repeated in the boxes on the bookshelves, the footstool, and the storage box on the media console. By painting the accordion closet doors the same color as the walls, it makes the room feel bigger.
Wood, wood, and more wood is what you see right when you look at this sleek basement. Everything is built-in and customized and gives it a one-of-a-kind feel. The furniture works with the honey wood shade and the stained glass panels above the television add more color to the room. If you look closely, you’ll notice the base of the couch is connected to the side tables. The entire room is already laid out and determined. Truly a different approach to a basement living room.
Wallpaper still has a big style punch in a basement! Instead of overdoing it, the designers of this room highlighted the wall behind the couch with a pretty purple argyle wallpaper. Support beams are hidden behind a darker wood bookshelf. By displaying vases and other sculptures, the bookshelf looks like a gallery space in the midst of the room. Purple accents from the throw pillows to the floral art prints in the bathroom bring it all together.
It’s hard to believe a basement can follow the trendy nautical and beach-side theme, but this one does it easily! White built-ins covering one side of the room brightens it up and sets the tone for the rest of the space. A decorative ceiling balances out the navy striped wallpaper on the rest of the walls and the rustic, light wood flooring keeps the mood causal. A comfy, oversized couch and throw pillows are perfect for laying around and playing console games with friends.
White wood paneling makes this basement feel more styled. The large framed mirror bounces the light around in the room and make it feel larger than it is. By keeping the couch light and matching the sand-hued carpet, the room feels less like a basement and more like a sunroom.
A custom bookcase in this basement makes displaying your books a stylish affair. The rounded edges and differing sized shelves easily makes this bookshelf a statement piece. A textured ottoman on the bottom makes it the perfect place to sit back and catch up on your latest novel. It appears that the one side of the bookcase can be moved to reveal a home theater. When walking into this space you’ll feel like you’re in the board game Clue!
Do you wish you had a place to escape at the end of a long day and play video games? This elegant basement encourages relaxation and fun. Instead of looking like a teenager designed the space, the wood floors and wainscoting competes with the best styled living spaces. Fun is added by hanging framed movie posters. A stylish tip from this room: your wainscoting doesn’t always have to match your doors. The white doors are different from the sage green woodwork, but it looks great.
The white media cabinets on either side of the fireplace make this basement look polished. It’s easy to overlook extra space, like on either side of the fireplace, but by adding built-in storage, the room is pulled together. The stone fireplace is the perfect size to mount a television above it. A brown, weathered leather couch works in the space because the rest of the room is brighter in color.
Instead of only having a couch, consider setting up a table and chairs for family games like in this basement. The neutral shades of the carpet and walls are accented with red. There’s red throw pillows, red upholstered chairs at the table, a red dice sculpture on the table, and even red stripes painted on the wall. Also, don’t be afraid to add living plants to a basement room. Trees, planters, and other living things make the space feel alive and less dungeon-like.
Embracing an open-concept design makes this basement room feel large. There is a zone for a table and chairs, living space, and kitchen space. The key is having it all open and using a similar color scheme. Matching large kitchen cabinets and a wine fridge make this basement space independent from distracting trips to and from the regular kitchen. Oversized vertical hanging mirrors also make the room feel bigger.
It’s important to use lighter colors when designing a basement living room. In this space, the walls are painted a light yellow shade and a cream shade. When these wall colors are accented with white wood work and a darker wood floor, you have the makings of a contemporary classic space. Frosted glass cabinets and a frosted glass french door make it even more modern.
The small wet bar in this basement is the main attraction. By using different backsplashes and textures, the designer has added a statement wall behind the cabinets. Stainless steel shelving and a stainless steel countertop bring an industrial feel to the wall, which balances out the organic feel of the stone. Built-in lighting also makes the wet bar stand out.
This uncommon basement makes the most of every wall. Broken into different spaces, the underground floor has a movie room, home gym, and table and chairs to play games at. The wall which closes off the gym is used by adding a flat screen TV to it. It’s also connected to the rest of the space by having windows. On the left wall of the basement there is built-in book shelves and an ornate door which is lit up with accent lighting.
On either side of the fireplace and television is a set of french doors that open up to the outdoors in this basement. This gives the illusion that the room is on one of the upper levels of the home. White wood paneling and lighter washed wood gives this space the perfect backdrop for beach styling. The most unique feature, however, is the built-in bunk beds on the far right wall. These beds are perfect for when grandchildren visit. They also have privacy because the barn-like door can be slid on a track to close the beds off from the rest of the room.
This jaw-dropping basement can easily be the first floor of a home. It has everything! From a chef-appointed kitchen to the perfectly styled dining space, this living area is just waiting for a family to spend all of their time there. Exposed wooden beams on the ceiling create a dramatic look to the room and the use of wallpaper and paint add texture. Floor rugs are used to visually separate the different living zones. A chandelier is hung over the dining table, which is a unique thing to have in a basement!
Just because a room is in the basement doesn’t mean you can’t add a statement wall and use bright wall colors! This room embraces stone and has it installed on one side of the built-in shelving unit. Varying colors of stone add interest and the shelving gives a space to display photographs and found treasures. Along with adding stone, the homeowners also painted the wall behind the television red.
The windows alongside the room in this basement make it seem as if it’s on the same level as the ground in the back of the home. It doesn’t have a walk-out component. In this case, the basement runs up alongside the ground but has large windows to make the most of the light instead of a door. Along with the living room, there is a small bar which has three stools and everything you need to make the perfect mojito.
A wood accent wall makes this basement movie room look upscale! Behind the television the wall is covered with all different shades of upcycled wood beams. The beams are about the same width, which makes it look congruent. The television is hung in front of the wall and it looks rustic, yet contemporary. A wooden trunk ties in the rest of the room and serves as a coffee table.
Under these basement stairs you’ll find a hidden surprise! A mini wet bar has everything you need to entertain in this underground space. There is custom-built wine holders under the stairs, a drink refrigerator, and cabinets. Grab a cold beer or mix up your favorite cocktail! There’s a sink, which makes clean up super easy and there is also an outlet installed in case you want to blend margaritas. The stone walls add a fun, rustic style to the room.
If you’re like us, you like your house as organized as possible. This basement is designed for a family with kids. Dedicated to toys and other play accessories, this room has built-in cabinets and cubbies. A wooden floor makes it easy to pick up spills. Previously ugly wall support poles are disguised by adding white columns over them. The end result is a room that you’ll have to beg your kids to leave!
Your eyes immediately jump to the rounded stone fireplace in the center of this luxurious basement. The fireplace is accented with cozy throw pillows and a decorated hearth. The rest of the room has equally impressive custom built-ins and a beautiful tile floor. Along with a space to watch television, there is another room on the other side of the fireplace that has a table and chairs. This space is probably dedicated to playing cards or even eating a meal. The one wall has a space cut out specifically for a sculpture.
Even if you don’t have a fireplace chimney, you can have a fireplace in your basement! This beautiful entertainment center has an electric fireplace under the television. The lighter textured stone stands out against the dark wood and helps the fireplace “pop.” On each shelf, a different picture frame or memento is illuminated by accent lighting. The end result is a classy basement space that looks as cool as the rest of your home.
This room is proof that you don’t have to add drywall to every corner of your basement living space! The brick wall is painted white and gives the room a lofty feel. Other walls are painted an off-white and light blue. Instead of having the space dedicated to just a television room, break it up and use the other half for a kids playroom. Framed art from children looks appropriate against the bright blue wall.
This basement space is narrow, but has room dedicated to a home office and laundry room. Right when you walk down the wood laden steps, you’ll see an entire wall with cabinets and a counter to work on. There’s enough space for at least two chairs and for two different people to work. Under the stairs are drawers and storage space for all of your different office needs. In the very back of the room is a sophisticated washer and dryer, ironing board, sink, and a space to hang clothes.
Grey and white colors make this room feel light and airy. The main focus is on the beautiful wood staircase, which leads you down to the room in the basement. A colorful painting greets you and you’ll notice both a small kitchen and living space. High ceilings and architectural details on the ceiling make this room stand out from others. The staircase makes it feel like a big part of the rest of the house and it doesn’t feel like a forgotten basement.
A basement can be a room where you can experiment with different design ideas you wouldn’t want to attempt in the rest of your home. In this case, the experimentation paid off! The wall behind the couch is covered with upcycled barn wood. The vertical boards are unexpected and it dominates the room. On top of the wood is a fun logo that is painted in blue. The wall connects to the accent door on the right, which is also made of reclaimed wood. Rustic accents and a leather couch keep it looking intentional and stylish.
Why have a couch when you can create a massive sitting platform for you and ten of your friends? This basement theater space has a massive brown sectional couch that is then filled in with matching upholstered ottomans. The end result is a large seating space where more than just a few people can lounge and watch a movie. Throw pillows invite guests to get comfortable and a large yellow bean bag is fought over every time a new movie is watched. Stripes on the wall keep this room fun and not too serious.
Sophisticated design elements make this room look like it belongs in domino magazine. Instead of treating a basement space, like a basement, the owner designs the room like she would a room upstairs. Art is hung on the walls and bright colors are utilized to create a fun energy in the space. Although you could cover up a window that’s unappealing, the owner framed it in white wood and added a cover which matches the couch.
Behind the television in this rustic basement is a statement wall. The owners chose to paint this wall a darker brown than the rest of the walls. This captures your attention and allows the television to be at the center of the room. A cozy stone fireplace can be seen from all angles in the basement and a full service bar means you don’t have to run upstairs to get more ice.
With a black statement staircase, purple wall, stone fireplace, and marble flooring, it’s hard to believe this room is in a basement. There’s a double french door that opens up to the back of the house and lets light in. It’s impressive how the designers have mixed unrealistic colors, like purple, and more natural elements, like the fireplace, to coexist peacefully. The simple mid modern furniture helps keep the attention on the other accents.
Like most of us, this basement holds the owner’s laundry room! The different between us and them, though, is that their laundry space is incorporated into a stylish living room. A small alcove in the room fits the washer and dryer perfectly. By adding a countertop and cabinets that close, you’d never know the appliances were there! Two different closets offer extra hidden space for laundry accessories and an ironing board.
You don’t have to treat your finished basement any differently than other spaces in your home. This expansive space is the perfect example of that theory! The room holds a living space, a bathroom, and a dining table and chairs. White woodwork makes the room feel brighter and gallery-styled wall art brings the eye upward, making the walls appear higher.
Where can you display your collection of hundreds of books? If you live in this savvy home, you can showcase them on your built-in bookshelves in your basement! The staircase opens up to this cozy room which has a television built into the wall. Along the back wall you can display keepsakes or hundreds of books. The wood flooring matches that on the steps, but is a little bit darker.
The wall covered in stone is the main focus in this traditional styled basement. The stairs leading down to the room connect it to the rest of the house and bring you to the beautiful stone archway. A wooden entertainment center, leather couch, and coffee tables mimic the warm shades in the rock.
This basement is unique because it doesn’t have the same type of walls as others. Instead of adding drywall on top of them, the owners embraced the unique texture and painted it white. It gives off a stucco feel. Another unique addition is the wooden shelves in the basement windows and the painted ductwork. Instead of installing carpet, a large rug is placed on top of the concrete flooring.
Dark grey walls, white woodwork, red accents, architectural beams, and geometric wallpaper all work together to make this basement a stylish hideout. On the back wall, a wet bar is illuminated with accent lighting and a red shelf, which looks like a frame, holds a bouquet of flowers. Behind this shelf is a geometric print that is then repeated on a larger scale along the right hand wall. Red, retro-inspired chairs around the table set the color scheme and other accents, like the red vase, carry it through the space.
This dark, moody, basement is the perfect place to bring the guys to grab a beer and watch the Superbowl. Dark woodwork and dark painted walls give this space a richness. The white ceiling keeps it from looking too cave-like and the white rug is used to break up the back bar space and the couch space.
If you have the money and passion, chances are you have a wine cellar in your basement. The basement is the perfect place to keep bottles away from the seasons above ground. In this progressive basement, the living space is accented with a wall in the back filled with wine bottles. Each bottle is artfully on display and you can enjoy a glass while watching lounging on the couch. A stone fireplace which raises to the ceiling helps add drama to the room.
If you have any doubts about your basement being too dark, take a design note from this space and paint the ceilings stark white! The wooden beams and ductwork can look cool and add industrial texture to a room when painted white. This basement added a floating entertainment center, which helps lift the television higher than a regular media stand. It also adds color and brings the room together. Tiled grey floor is also a good alternative to concrete.