Finished basements add useful living space and value to your home, so you might consider warming up your basement with new wall color. Below-grade spaces can feel cold and cave-like, so color and décor go a long way towards making a basement feel more homey and inviting. Some basements have insulation or moisture issues that can affect paint or any kind of wall coverings, so have a contractor check out any existing issues or concerns you might have.
Light is a premium in basement spaces, as you likely have at least one wall that is completely below grade. Smaller and higher windows are another common feature in basements, further limiting available light. Stark white walls bounce light around, but can make the space look clinical and uninviting. A good solution is to select one feature wall for a bold color treatment. On the color wheel, cool colors include the greens and blues, and warm colors include reds, oranges and golds. Choosing a hue or color from the warm range brings warmth and life into a space. You can select a bright, saturated orange, or a more muted terra cotta shade. By limiting deep colors to just one wall, you avoid making the space too dark. Choosing metallic-flecked wallpaper in a warm tone is a bold decorating choice and it can add warmth while making the space reflect your personal taste.
Adjoining walls need not stay plain white. With just a small amount of color added to ordinary white paint you can warm up the ambient feel in your basement. Creamy whites look richer and still reflect light. Lighting is another important way to add warmth to your walls. Add uplights that wash your newly-painted walls to brighten and accent them. Using special pink or peach-colored light bulbs enhances the welcoming and soothing feel your new wall color creates. Adding hanging mirrors is an inexpensive way to reflect the color you add and increase the sense of space and available light.