Ideas for Finished Basements

Finishing a basement not only adds value to your home, but it also allows for a fun space where you can enjoy family or entertain friends.


By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

When you're taking steps to finish a basement, the options are endless for how you might design the space. If you take the time to address your family's immediate needs, then you will create a space that perfectly suits your style.

Lounge-Worthy Basements

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Rustic Man Cave

Gathering Musts

Bold and Playful

Ceiling Sense

Entertain With Ease

Sophisticated Details

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A Sea-Inspired Retreat

All-Purpose Rec Room

Mood-Lifting Ambiance

Urban Chic Style

Billiards Lounge

If your basement needs to multi-task then consider dividing it into two spaces. For example, one area may be a media room and the other a kids' play area. Another design would allow for a home gym, while the remainder could contain a bedroom and kitchenette for guests.

Remember that not all finished basements require a complete redesign. Sometimes simple additions, like a sectional couch can help to create a division within the room, allowing you to create a multi-functional space. Fresh paint colors, new lighting fixtures and warm area rugs also help to make a basement space look new without breaking your budget.

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