Lounge-Worthy Basements

Get tips and inspiration for transforming an unfinished basement into the retreat of your dreams.

By: Virginia Switzer

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Photo By: Alan Gilbert ©Photo courtesy of 2011 CEDIA. Used with Permission.

Photo By: Alan Gilbert

Rustic Man Cave

Do you want to play pool, watch movies or have a wine tasting with friends? (Or perhaps all of the above?) Start by determining how you want to use your basement. Browse 8 Man Caves at DIYNetwork.com

Gathering Musts

By working cozy nooks into your basement layout, you can create private areas without sacrificing an open space for family time.

Bold and Playful

To create a basement with the energy and warmth of a Mexican cantina, HGTV designer Candice Olson grounds the design with durable tile that has the look of wide-plank hardwood.

Ceiling Sense

When designing your basement, don't overlook the ceiling. Molding, recessed lighting and a warm color scheme can add depth and charm. Photo courtesy of Design Your Basement

Entertain With Ease

You may never see your family upstairs if the basement is outfitted with comfortable furniture and a high-def projection screen for the ultimate movie-watching experience. Photo courtesy of Finished Basements

Sophisticated Details

Designer's Tip: From family movie night to prime-time sporting events, use geometric patterns and artwork, and install a commanding 85-inch plasma TV and a full bar area to set the stage for everyday use.

A Sea-Inspired Retreat

HGTV designer Candice Olson creates a multifunctional floor plan to accommodate a bedroom, a media area and a kitchen. To infuse a beach feel, she uses a sea-green, natural grass and sky-blue color palette.

All-Purpose Rec Room

Most homeowners like to create a large multipurpose media area rather than chop up a basement space into little rooms. This combination bar, recreation space and high-performance media room is the perfect spot for entertaining friends and family of all ages.

Mood-Lifting Ambiance

It isn't necessary to have high ceilings in a media room because you'll mostly be seated when you're there. Choose recessed lighting and dimmers to create the right mood. Photo courtesy of Sheffield

Urban Chic Style

This multipurpose media room retains an industrial feel, featuring a spiral staircase and an illuminating wall, creating an urban escape.

Billiards Lounge

If you want the ultimate basement hangout, design a floor plan that accommodates informal dining, lounging and playing games. Photo courtesy of Basement Ideas

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