Basements are often the most underutilized part of the house. A finished basement is versatile and can be transformed into anything from a game room to an office. Update your basement to make it more functional and comfortable, and you’ll feel that your home just got bigger.

Updating your basement can turn a forgotten space in your home into a place that your family can enjoy. Here are some ideas to improve your basement.

Update Your Basement With Paint

The colors on the walls play a fundamental role in any room, including in the basement. Because the basement is often underground and lacking windows, light-colored walls make the basement feel brighter and more open. One of the easiest ways to update your basement is to paint it a lighter color.

However, if your basement has windows letting some natural light in, opt for bolder colors like a rich blue or green. Darker colors add warmth and comfort.

Game Room

One of the most common ways to update your basement is to transform it into a game room with a TV, video games, a pool table, a good sound system, and more. Instead of using the basement as a storage area, add activities so you can have fun with family and friends.

Update Your Basement Floor

Basements tend to be exposed to more moisture than the rest of the home. When updating the basement floor, tile is an excellent waterproof choice. Tile comes in many styles and colors and can be laid over concrete.

Vinyl flooring is another waterproof option for basement flooring. Unlike natural wood, it is resistant to warping. It is made to mimic wood, stone, or tile.


A common problem that basements have is a lack of natural light. Some of the best lighting options for basements are recessed style because they provide good coverage and are dimmable. Also, use indirect lighting options like tabletop and standalone lamps.

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