Finishing Basement Walls
Add the finishing touches to your basement with these basement wall ideas.
This traditional basement bar area provides the perfect space to gather with friends and enjoy a few drinks. The wood detailing and beautiful barstools give this vibrant red space eye-catching charm.
Basement walls might seem like bread is to a sandwich - vital, but fairly basic. But just like a great sandwich requires just the right bread to make it a good one, finishing basement walls properly is necessary to complete the space.
Office Desk On Display
Since Ruth's late husband was attached to his hardy 1950s oak desk, she was adamant about keeping it in the space after the remodel. To give it a modern update, she had it sanded, primed and then sprayed with high-gloss charcoal lacquer. In order to keep the area well-lit, a junction box was added and a custom drum pendant was hung with the bottom 38 inches above the desktop.
In its new state, Julie and Tom's basement is much lighter and more energetic. They integrated color through the paint and wallpaper choices, selecting a shade of dove gray called First Snowfall from Benjamin Moore for the walls. By using the back of the sofa as a room divider, they created another area for seating for four around a table.
Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.
To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.
Determined to save costs and stick with a short timeline of three weeks, Michelle decided to keep the built-ins that were previously used as game room storage. By placing her writing desk in front of the wall, she can look out into the backyard while working. "I didn't want to sit at my desk all day and stare at the wall. It was important to be able to look outside from my chair," the designer explains. "Floating the desk in front of the storage wall was the perfect solution."
To take full advantage of an 8-foot wall to the left of her design studio's entrance, Michelle designed a custom banquette where she can read design books. In keeping with her signature glamorous style, she chose a glossy, glazed linen for the upholstery with super shiny chrome nail head detail.
Two of the most important characteristics of basement walls are insulation and moisture protection. Basement walls may be finished by installing a wooden frame that is lined with fiberglass insulation. This insulation is most useful when it is contained within a vapor barrier, like polyurethane plastic.
An easy way to finish basement walls is to use ready-made wall panels, like the Owens Corning Basement Finishing System. These panels are made from a sturdy glass fiberboard that lock in place, and provide durability and waterproofing.
If you're completely finishing out the room, cover them with basement drywall and then paint or wallpaper.
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