Basement Design Ideas

Don't let that unfinished basement just sit there. Get inspiration for your space, and turn it into your favorite part of the house.

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June 07, 2019
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Neutral Contemporary Basement Gets Comfy

Relax in this contemporary basement on the large sectional sofa, which offers plenty of seating in this neutral space.

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Renovated Basement With Patio Access

This spacious basement renovation features a garage door that links together indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing for easy transition between the pool table area and covered patio. The adjacent great room provides additional space for relaxing and entertaining.

Transitional Basement Family Room With a Wet Bar

This chic basement family room includes a wet bar, plenty of seating and a wall-mounted fireplace and flatscreen for cozy nights. The graphic print of the swivel armchairs helps punch up the space visually and is a fun pairing with the textured stone walls.

Contemporary Den Featuring a Large Fireplace

This den is as sophisticated as they come with four contemporary chairs and a round coffee table positioned right in front of the fireplace. A large piece of artwork brings a touch of personality to the space and inspired the color of the rug.

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Humidified Wine Cellar in a High-End Basement

Entertaining takes a high-end, custom turn in this game room with a large built-in wet bar and humidified wine cellar. Bertoia barstools surround the marble countertop, highlighted by under-cabinet lighting. Mahogany cabinetry and shelves provide functionality in this posh space.

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Modern Media Room

This basement space features a large brown leather sofa, a three-tiered coffee table and a custom media cabinet that extends into a wet bar for convenient entertaining. The large sliding door opens to an office area with a built-in desk.

Basement With Retro Wet Bar

This wet bar is a throwback featuring cosmic accents that sit outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.

Midcentury Modern Living Space

A bright cherry red rug instantly livens the design of this basement living space. Red details throughout the room pull out this accent color to decorate the neutral walls and built in white shelving. A midcentury modern red refrigerator and microwave add a fun vintage touch to the room while a tufted brown leather sofa creates a comfortable seating option.

Gorgeous Wine Cellar + Tasting Area

Floor to ceiling built in wine racks, with middle illuminated bottle display, cover a large section of this spacious wine cellar. An elegant light fixture casts a decorative light and shadow pattern over the ceiling. Centered below the light, a wine barrel acts as a fitting and beautiful tasting table.

Modern Home Gym With Ample Amenities

Recessed lighting ensures that this gym space is well lit. A large mirror with thick gold frame reflects the light and gives the illusion of additional space. Beige walls and a red-brown stone floor make a simple finish for a no-nonsense workout area.

Orange Contemporary Living Room With Comfortable Sofa

A sectional sofa and brown, leather ottoman are warm and cozy touches, while orange walls create a bright and cheerful space in this contemporary living room.

Contemporary Blue Basement Dining Area

Banquette seating wraps around a round wood table in this colorful contemporary basement dining room. Bright blocks of color in silver frames pop a against a pale blue wall accented by a blue ceiling lamp.

Bright Basement Living Space

This updated basement features a small kitchen for prepping snacks and a game table for playing cards or kids' art projects.

Sectional Sofa in a ModernBasement Family Room

This basement's sectional sofa makes it a perfect place for the family to hang out and entertain.

Basement Boasts Gym With Plenty of Equipment

The basement gym in this home will help you meet your fitness goals. It features an elliptical, stationary bike and weight-lifting machine in front of a wall of mirrors.

Basement Bar Perfect for Entertaining

This basement bar has everything you need for ideal entertaining: plenty of storage and shelf space for glassware and beverages, a small refrigerator and wine fridge, neon signs, marble countertop and expertly placed television. Your friends won't want to leave even after the game is over.

Basement Living Space With Musical Accents

This light basement space's walls are adorned with guitars making the space a fun, cheery place for family and friends to relax.

Neutral Living Area in Modern Basement

A modern sectional sofa provides plenty of seating and an optimal viewing area for screenings of the family's television. Shelving and cabinets in the far corner provide a place for storage and display, while a fireplace to the left of the television warms the space. A window lets in plenty of natural light, and recessed lighting helps to give additional light to the space. Designers provided dimension to the space with a neutral, grid-patterned area rug.

Multiple Storage Options in This Basement

The built in shelves to double duty. Not only do they provide a place for the homeowner to display books and other prized possessions, they open to reveal extra storage, which helps to keep the space organized and neat.

Open, Urban Basement Gets Cozy

Walls were removed to open this basement space and add light. Polished concrete floors add texture and depth, while custom Alder cabinetry and a built-in bar create a dramatic backdrop. A cozy seating area surrounds a brick fireplace, completing the urban design.

Big Basement Theater Room

Back-to-back couches and a console divide this large room into two spaces, while orange accent pillows break up the gray hues. A large projector screen makes this the ultimate theater room experience.

Teal Game Room With Hanging Beds

Relax and play in ultimate comfort in this game room designed in shades of teal. Large double doors open out onto an outdoor patio space while indoors has table tennis and luxurious hanging daybeds on which to relax.

Modern Basement Hosts Guest Bedroom

This modern guest bedroom and library has striking navy blue painted book shelves and a Murphy bed and leather armchair for guests to relax.

Relax in a Spacious + Luxurious Home Theater

A patterned carpet adds a pattern to the solid finishes of this home theater and ties the color of the neutral walls and brown leather seats together. Wall paneling and a tray ceiling add depth and dimension to the design without overpowering the simple, cozy space. A clear path to the large screen is lighted with recessed lighting and shaded wall sconces.

Chic Basement Bar

Open glass shelving showcases a fully stocked bar on one side of this basement entertainment room. A white tile backsplash runs under the shelving, and stainless steel chairs line the wood bar countertop. A step across the small hallway takes you into the playroom featuring built in-shelving for container storage. And a green rug adds a pop of bright color and fun to the playspace.

Basement Den Features a Wet Bar

Complete with a wet bar, this basement junk room turned den is just the place for entertaining. The designers kept the original 1920s Spanish tile floors and gave the wood paneling a light whitewash to brighten up the room. The subtle pattern and texture from the sofa mesh with the pattern on the ottoman complement the original flooring without overwhelming it.

Transitional Bar in Basement That's Perfect for Entertaining

The renovated basement takes advantage of the California lot’s sloping features. A new bar and wine room serve as a link between the expanded billiard room and the media room.

Transitional Basement Bar With Built-In Wine Storage

The basement bar uses space that would otherwise be empty square footage. A custom bar aligns with the stair treads and is the same wood and finish as the steps. A dark charcoal wall is a complementary accent to the light gray paint. Glass subway tile adds a simple pattern to the space and open shelving keeps bottles organized and accessible.

Renovated Basement Great Room

This spacious basement great room features an exposed red brick wall that acts as a focal point for the room's otherwise traditional decor. A natural wood entertainment center is positioned in front of the all, while a matching coffee table sits at the center of the sitting area.

Contemporary Basement Media Room

The original 1970s house was constructed on a series of telephone poles cantilevered off the canyon floor. The basement is transformed into a contemporary media room with comfortable black sectional facing a large TV. A striped area rug adds visual texture underneath, while sliding glass doors lead out to a sleek outdoor living area.

Basement Wet Bar With Exposed Red Brick Wall

This spacious basement wet bar features soft blue walls paired with an exposed red brick accent wall. Industrial-style pendant lights hang over the the stainless steel countertop, while matching stool provide a spot to hang out. Built-in brown wooden shelving provides ample room for storing bar essentials.

Fully Equipped Home Gym in Modern Basement

The home gym, which is separated from the rest of the basement by a glass wall with a glass barn door, is equipped with anything a workout guru might need. From a place to store yoga mats to a weight rack to a rock climbing wall, this state of the art space is perfect for working up a sweat.

Transitional Basement Playroom With Chalkboard Wall

This playroom wins serious style points! The sofa uses perennials fabric for ultimate durability and has a soft frame so kids can climb and jump on it. The back of the room has built-in cabinetry for art supplies and a sink to wash brushes and messy hands. Colorful pillows keep the mood fun and light

Transitional Basement Craft Room

Built-in storage including traditional white cabinets, glass door cabinets and open display shelving leave this space organized and free from clutter crowding the work space. Moveable table panels slide over the white countertop for creating a comfortable and suitable workspace. Adjustable pendant lights allow for light control over the tabletops.

Gray Home Theater With Black Recliners

A decked out home theater with rows of plush leather recliners turns movie night into a luxurious event. Exotic wood panels and sconces bring a note of organic warmth to the space.

Neutral Contemporary Basement With Wine Storage

White sofas and chairs make for a cozy sitting area in this neutral contemporary basement. Mere steps away is a 300-bottle wine-storage wall complete with a table for enjoying wine tastings with guests.

Colorful Basement Playroom

This basement playroom is chock-full of color, texture and pattern. A long blue stripe on the side wall elongates the room even further and creates a simple counterpart to the busy gallery wall opposite it. Large white tables can be cleared of accessories and provide plenty of surface space for games, puzzles, drawing and more.

Reading Nook With Storage and Chalkboard Wall

This reading nook get cozy with recessed lights and colorful pillows. Use the chalkboard to keep score, play tic-tac-toe or create your own art. Ample storage space under the bench keeps clutter out of sight.

Comfortable & Contemporary Media Room

The upstairs media room features a movie screen, five theater seats and a large sectional for maximum comfort. Bright blue pillows keep with the home's contemporary color palette.

Colorful Flooring in a Basement Family Room

This basement was transformed into the perfect gathering spot for movie nights and kid-friendly crafting. The colorful mirror on the wall is made out of paint cans. And the bright rug is durable commercial FLOR rug tiles.

Classic Wood Paneling in Basement

This fun basement game room combines old and new with wood paneling bringing a classic feel that pairs with the stylish leather (and durable) leather couch. The lemonade stand and picture wall make it a perfect place for kids to hang out.

Finished Basement With Coffered Ceiling

By separating this large space into sections, Dad can enjoy the game with his buddies, while Mom relaxes at the table, enjoying a glass of wine with friends. A waffled ceiling and dramatic glass pendant lights add visual interest to the space.

And See the Supersized Screen

Love sports? Love movies? Watch both at the same time in this supersized media room, which includes a bar and dining area.

Basement Playroom With Stylish Gallery Wall

What looks like a large living area is actually a playroom for the kids — but, obviously, one the parents can enjoy as well. Multiple colors create an area that feels inspirational and creative, perfect for drawing, playing games or doing puzzles together. A lengthy sectional sofa provides ample space for a family to curl up in front of a favorite movie.

Basement Playroom With Wall-to-Wall Toy Storage

This spacious basement playroom features built-in shelving with pullout containers fit for organizing small pieces. The wall-to-wall storage unit includes a built-in desk, providing the perfect spot for piecing together complicated Lego designs.

Transitional Gray Basement Bar With Wood Countertop

The custom bar uses every square foot to maximize entertaining and work space. Gray walls, a wood countertop and white cabinetry blend beautifully, and pendant lights keep the space bright. In the toy room beyond, built-in storage keeps the space organized.

Basement Playroom Features Toy Storage & Play Table

Designer Claire Paquin created a space in the basement of her client's home that could function for young children, as well as space for adults. For the play area, carpet tiles create visual interest, color and warmth for kids to play on the floor. A bookcase cubby is a wonderful choice for toys and games.

Cozy Basement Family Room

As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed this once cramped and dated basement into a modern, multi-purpose family room. Rustic, functional decor in sleek blue and gray hues perfectly complements the home's original, wood-burning stone fireplace. For easy entertaining, Sarah added extra storage, plenty of seating and mounted a large flat-screen TV above the mantel.

Sliding Barn Door Wall System in Urban-Style Basement

A custom sliding barn door wall system in this basement offers storage space as well as a hidden bar area for entertaining. A floating wood staircase and polished concrete floors complete the design.

Urban Chic Basement Features Corner TV & Custom Wine Storage

A comfy gray sectional is the perfect spot to relax in this urban-inspired basement. A flatscreen TV appears to float in one corner of the room, while the opposite corner features built-in, custom wine storage.

Vintage Pinball Machines in Whimsical Basement

Vintage pinball machines and a retro Coca-Cola dispenser create a fun hangout spot in this party-ready basement. Track lighting mixes with recessed lights to keep the space airy and bright.

Sleek, Chic Kitchen Makes Most of Basement

This chic basement kitchen has easy access to a built-in wine cellar via frameless glass doors.

Contemporary Basement With Red Rocking Chairs

This contemporary basement features all-over white walls paired with sleek white storage cabinets that are perfect for stowing away various items. Two red plastic rocking chairs featuring light wood legs are positioned in front of a flat screen television, while light gray carpet finishes off the minimalistic look of the space.

Traditional Basement Offers Comfortable Seating

A plush sectional sofa and two brown leather armchairs provide comfortable seating in the basement. Built-in bookshelves flank the stone fireplace, which features a fish on the mantel, a nod to the lake setting.

Gray Game Room With Blackboards

A chic game room gets a sense of place courtesy of three matching blackboards with favorite destinations in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York.

Neutral Transitional Family Room With Green Ottoman

Rustic touches combine with modern amenities to make sure this family room is both comfortable and primed to entertain. The designers acknowledged the husband's devotion to the Seattle Seahawks by incorporating pops of the team's colors, blue and green.

Basement Game Room With Foosball Table

In this game room, a built-in bench comfortably seats spectators of foosball matches. Classic board games are the perfect decoration on the walls for this fun space.

Family-Friendly Basement

Perfect for entertaining, this remodeled basement by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio features a lovely entertainment center with ample room to store all of your media needs. A modular sectional provides plenty of space for guests to sit, curl up and watch a movie with their favorite snacks.

From: Mosaik Design & Remodeling

Contemporary Space With Black & White Stripe Rug

This transformation of a low ceiling basement space in a 1920s Colonial primary focus was to create a studio. Designer Justine Sterling gave the space a fresh, contemporary update and included a place for the kids to read.

Stylish Kids' Art Studio

Designer Justine Sterling transformed a low-ceiling basement space in a 1920s Colonial to create a studio. It’s a walkout basement with two windows providing decent light, but it was very ugly with exposed pipes, a horrible acoustic tile ceiling and old sticky vinyl flooring. At roughly 450 square feet, there was a good amount of space to create a project room for the children. The room is now a lively children's workspace.

Contemporary Mudroom With White Cabinets & Built-In Bench

In the same space, Designer Justine Sterling used the basement to solve some of family’s increasing need for a place to store shoes and coats by creating a mudroom niche, a small laundry area and even an upgrade to the teeny powder room.

Kitchenette in the Basement

The remodeled basement by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio includes a modern and chic kitchenette to easily prepare snacks and drinks without leaving the room.

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Family Game Room in the Basement With Bar

A finished basement serves as a game room, bar and extra living room. Recessed lights brighten the windowless space while pops of orange add color and cheer. The stacked stone bar counter and accent wall provide unique texture and warmth.

Relaxing Basement Game Room

Unwind in this traditional basement game room with a pool table, barstools, and graphic artwork.

Cozy Game Room With Wood Beams and Wainscoting

A family game room gets a sophisticated update with wainscoting, wood beams and a reading nook. Bright pillows and striped floor poufs add color and comfort. The chalkboard wall makes it easy to keep score.

Modern Basement with Small Bar Area

To serve the family's entertaining needs, designers added a walk-up bar in the billiard area. In the corner of the space, a rustic, elegant wine rack displays refreshment choices, while a mini-fridge, sink and storage spaces make this small bar area complete and accessible.

Open Basement Keeps Everyone Together

At the opposite end of this family's basement, a recreation area contains a pool table, above which is an elegant, modern chandelier. This gives the family three different options for activities while still remaining connected to each other in their basement space: working out, relaxing and watching tv or playing pool.

Masculine Billiard Area in Modern Basement

In the billiard area, designers created a masculine design by using a dark-neutral color palette to anchor the space. They brought in a modern pool table with traditional green felt, and they created built-in storage for the homeowners pool cues. They also added custom, built-in bookshelves to showcase the homeowner's book collection.

Transitional Sewing and Crafts Room

Color coordinated fabric shelves bring colorful decoration and organization to the room. The shelves are attached to built in glass door cabinetry creating options for supply storage. Moveable table panels slide over the countertop below to create the desired work environment for specific projects. Adjustable pendant lights above the tables allow for light control.

Rustic Game Room With Foosball Table

The rustic details in this big game room pull off the feat of looking elegant paired with a velvet sectional and clean-lined air hockey and foosball tables.

Playroom Equipped With Climbing Wall and a Foam Pit

A rock wall anchors the far side of the room, with a foam pit at the bottom so the kids can climb safely. The space also comes with a flatscreen for watching movies or playing video games.

Basement Converted Into Playground With Climbing Wall

Wanting a place where their kids could safely roam, the homeowners asked Eisner Design to convert their basement into an indoor playground. The space includes a climbing wall, swing chairs, a bookcase with a built-in reading nook and a loft for movie nights and sleepovers.

Colorful Furniture Brightens This Basement

This basement space has bright and colorful furniture and accents. It's perfect for children to play and have a space to do homework or crafts.

Basketball Arcade in Basement

As seen on HGTV's hit show Cousins on Call, where large bare wooden shelves use to be in an unfinished basement, John and Anthony have now placed basketball court that holds the new basketball arcade game.

Neutral Basement Game Room With Ping Pong Table

This basement game room is the perfect place to let off some steam whether that be at the piano, dart board or ping pong table. An accent wall painted in chalkboard paint gives the artist a huge blank canvas.

Industrial-Style Basement Rec Room

This basement rec room's industrial appeal comes from exposed beams painted in a sophisticated black. White walls, orange accents and lots of natural light keep the room from being dreary.

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