Finished Basement Color Scheme Ideas


Finished basements are a bonus in any home. The color scheme of a finished basement will largely determine the appeal of the space. The more inviting the color scheme, the more you will want to spend time in your basement and make use of the space. Whether your basement is above-ground with a walkout, or underground with little light, the appropriate color scheme may allow the finished space to look larger, feel brighter, or help create a cozy fun environment.


  • You can never go wrong with a neutral color scheme in any part of the house, including the finished basement. Neutrals will match any décor and present well in showing your house for resale. The neutral color scheme may include lighter shades of taupe, green, gray and off-white. Any combination of the neutral color palette will match each other, as well as any furnishings you plan to place in the room.

Bright Shades

  • Brightening up a basement, especially one located completely underground, will make the space look larger and more airy. Your finished basement may not contain many, if any, natural light sources. Bright color schemes such as a mix of yellows, reds and oranges can lighten up even the darkest of basements. Bright colors will also add a fresh feel to your underground level.

Pub Colors

  • If you've ever toyed with the idea of having a pub design in your finished basement, selecting a color scheme of hunter green, burgundy and deep browns will help to create that pub atmosphere. Adding a dark brown wood bar, wall hangings, and cozy stools with padding in this color scheme will contribute to making your finished basement feel like an authentic pub, as this is the typical pub color scheme. If affordable, add a pool table and poker table; these will match the hunter green, dark burgundy and rich dark brown color scheme, as their felt tops come in the same hues.

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