In most homes, a basement is usually the ignored room. Sometimes the homeowners don’t really need it, so they leave it unused. But sometimes it also becomes a clutter magnet for all the junk, that the homeowners just put away from sight, instead of getting rid of it. This results in wastage of space, which can be a gem. There are so many ways in which the basement can be utilized. You can make a home office in your basement. You just have to take care that there are proper ventilation and ample lighting. If your kids keep cluttering your living room with toys, you can dedicate a space to them in your basement. Just put their toys in storage units, and a chalkboard or an activity table, and they will love spending time in the basement playroom. Apart from these two purposes, there are many other ways in which you can give a makeover to your basement. We have gathered some basement renovation projects that will give you tips about your basement makeover. You will surely like these transformations.
A Functional Makeover in a Neutral Palette
One look at the before picture of this basement shows it was mainly used as a playroom, a living space, and storage for clothes. The furniture was in good condition, but not something we can call chic. The walls were bare, and even the beams of wood were visible in the ceiling. The floor was covered in a rug and carpets, and the overall look was quite haphazard.
The updated look has many elements blended together. You can see a lot of built-ins as well. The walls are now painted, and the beams are concealed, and a bluish-gray color is dominant. There is a built-in TV shelving unit that offers tons of storage for anything that this basement needs. The white built-ins complement the blue-gray walls really well. At the back of the couch in an alcove, there is another built-in. That space is dedicated to a home office. The home office also has ample storage space of its own. There are decor elements as well in the home office so that working there won’t cause boredom or monotony.
If we talk about the furniture in this basement, there is a combination of a beige sofa, a brown sofa, and a brown storage ottoman coffee table. A tan fuzzy rug is layered with a gray and white Marrakesh print rug. A glance at this living area shows it is all decorated in earthy neutrals. There are a lot of throw pillows in chic prints as well that blend amazingly well with the colors of the sofas and rug. There are hints of mint green and pale blue as well making this living area closer to a coastal theme as well.
Even the small parts of this basement are planned so well. If you see the tiny elements such as picture frames, wall art, table lamp, and other decorative knick-knacks, you will find coordination among all. A successful design process is just like this. You plan and buy things in a way that the final result is all coordinated and well balanced.
After the remodel, there was a lot of wall space that needed to be decorated. The first wall has mirrors, wall signs, and picture frames brought together into a gallery wall. The wall adjacent to the media unit has a big mirror and two latticework frames. There is an oversized picture frame at the entrance of the basement. It frames wallpaper. Small photo frames are displayed against the backdrop of the wallpaper.
A Cozy Second Living Room
This basement earlier was dark and dreary. It had dark wood paneling, and almost no daylight reached it. The renovation has all the paneling removed from the walls, and now they have white paint. The ceiling is also white, and lots of LED light bulbs make sure the basement is well lit. The living room has a large black sectional sofa, that sits on top of a rug, with a faded print. A chunky knit ottoman teams up with the black sectional, and a wire table stands at one side of the sectional. The wall has tapestries and some frames. Below an egress window, there is a couch in gray color. It is paired with a simple wood coffee table. The wall behind that sofa also has picture frames, with prints displayed. There is a wicker basket too at the corner of the couch, that can store throw blankets, and extra throw pillows. We can also see planters here and there in this basement. The TV screen sits on a sideboard that has a rustic look. Behind the sectional, there is a barn door that separates the bathroom from the living room.
A little away from the black sectional sofa, there is a dry bar in an alcove. In the usual routine, this dry bar is used mainly as a storage unit. But when guests come over this dry bar turns into a buffet table. Nothing too fancy is there in the bar. A black sideboard with a concrete countertop below a shelf that has decorative accessories displayed. An antelier head above the shelf also grabs a lot of attention.
As soon as you enter the bathroom, on the wall, there are two picture frames with beautiful pictures framed in them. There is a pedestal sink with a brass faucet. A marble soap dispenser adds further charm and elegance. The mirror has a beautiful wooden frame, and two wall sconces flank it beautifully. A wood box has extra toilet paper rolls. The floor is covered in white hexagonal tiles. At the side of the mirror, there is a niche that has a beautiful gold wall art hanging, along with a planter. The shower has striped curtains and a towel bar. A tree stump table is placed next to the shower area. All in all, this bathroom is a mixture of rustic and modern elements woven together into a design masterpiece.
One Room Challenge
This basement earlier had nothing, but furniture, and playroom toys. The room was poorly lit. The makeover is quite pleasing to the eyes. The floor of this basement is redone. The living area couch is the same. A gray and white rug accents it. Behind the living room couch, there is a console table, that has planters, candles, and other accessories displayed. The sofa has throw pillows that add a pop of color.
Next comes the TV wall. There is a sideboard under the TV screen in midnight blue color. Some decorative items are also placed in one corner. There are frames with art illustrations at the sides of the TV screen. The TV area is kept simple and not too cluttered with bare minimum decor items.
A play area is also dedicated to little ones. There is a teepee in a cool Aztec print, and above it, there is a rainbow circle garland hanging. Right next to the play tent, there is an activity table in white color. Two chairs in mint color are placed at both sides of the activity table. There is a garland above the play table as well. Adjacent to the activity table, there is an industrial style bookshelf, that stores books and toys. The console behind the couch serves as a partition for the living area and the playroom. The playroom has toys and a dress-up closet. A rug with multicolor polka dots also brings cheer to the play area. Above the dollhouse, there is a beautiful mural that adds even more visual interest to this space.
A His and Her Office Space
This basement is dedicated to a home office for a couple. It has his and her sides with the same type of built-in desks but different types of decor details. Her side has wall art with a picture of a camera because she is a photographer.
His side is also with the same type of built-in desk and cabinets. Canvases of pictures of the couple are displayed on the wall of his office. As if the office celebrates their union. Both the offices feature comfy chairs, and the white cabinetry looks beautiful with the warm wooden floor.
Since the offices are along one wall, the wall opposite it was blank and had some floor space. So, the designer came up with a brilliant idea to fill up that empty space. A vignette is created with an IKEA dresser, a chair, and a wooden crate. A brass floor lamp also brings even more beauty to this space.
A Monochrome Basement
This basement has an outlook in the form of one long room. In the remodel, it is divided into two sections. The area near the staircase is a dining room with a cold kitchen. At the end of the basement room is a living space. The color palette of this basement makeover is black and white with hints of gray.
The living room has a cozy sectional sofa in a gray color that fits the small area of the basement so well. An accent wall has a tree wallpaper and two black and white picture frames. There is a built-in storage bench too along with that wall. In front of the couch, there is an alcove with a TV screen and another bench underneath. The sofa is teamed up with a matching ottoman, a checkered fuzzy rug, and a mesh accent chair. A large vintage style black floor lamp and plants are also there. There are lots of throw pillows too in coordinating colors and prints that spice up the living room.
From the living room to the staircase, the wall is all equipped with cabinets. The first counter in front of the living room serves as a dry bar. The second bar in front of the dining room has a drinks refrigerator and a coffee station. The last one is for storage purposes.
From Clutter to Order
The before picture of this basement shows a cramped room with way too many things. The renovation is stunning, and it is hard to believe it is the same place. All extra things are removed, and the decor is cut down to a minimum. Once a catchall of everything, this basement now is a living room and a home office. All other unnecessary objects are banished.
The home office features a simple white desk. There is a filing cabinet at one side of the work desk, and a wall-mounted bookshelf, at the other side of the desk. Both the filing cabinet and the bookcase are also white. Lots of picture frames are also there. The office chair is also white, creating a harmonious look in this office nook. The office is kept simple, and only the most necessary items are stored on the shelves of the bookcase. The outlook is clean and not busy at all.
If you look at the living room, that too is simple and not too many things are going on. There is a simple sideboard under the TV screen and a furry accent chair. A glass coffee table sits in front of a blue velvet sectional sofa. If you notice all the furniture pieces have legs, which make sure the beauty of the floor is not hidden away. There is a white floor lamp as well, which adds light without seeming to occupy too much space due to its white color. The ceiling of the living room is also redone with LED lights, that make sure this basement room is well lit.
From a Junk Room to a Teen Bonus Room
This basement is renovated into a room that is surely a dream space for teenagers. It is designed with a music theme, and all the elements are retro classy. You can see there is a combination of brick walls, wood details, and leather furniture.