A freshly finished basement, when designed together with your design and needs in mind, may be a welcome respite on hot days and effectively double your living area — particularly important in a small home.

All these 11 hints can help you put your own stamp on a basement makeover and allow it to function for the entire family.

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Produce zones for various purposes. A sizable basement can easily handle several activities, so long as you make smart use of the area. Brainstorm the things you aspire to utilize your finished basement for, and map out your ideas in a floor plan.

Style notes: A brand new, light color palette and superb lighting create this basement feel to be an extension of the house, instead of an afterthought. A sofa and an upholstered ottoman define the lounge zone, whereas an Expedit unit from Ikea corrals art supplies and toys close to a very low work table on the opposite wall.

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Embrace your “upstairs” style. There is absolutely not any need to throw the regular taste out the window simply because you’re decorating a basement. Even making a few stylish adjustments will elevate the expression of the entire space.

Style notes: A wall-mounted TV and a long, low cupboard give this distance its sleek, contemporary look. Brand new white paint, wood-look floors and a fluffy carpet, as seen here, can turn your personal basement into your favorite room in the house.

John Kraemer & Sons

Build a game room everyone will adore. Simply because you add a pool table (or even a significant TV) does not signify the basement needs to become a man cave. Inside this area, a pleasure chalkboard decal livens up the wall, while a warm copper light fixture arouses a timeless pool hall without going over the surface.

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Upgrade the card table. Choose a real dining table and chairs (or even a banquette), and see your choices for gatherings expand. You can host poker night, sure, but the installation is equally fitting for dinner parties or simply bringing the kiddos downstairs to get an afternoon snack and homework help.

Style notes: Between the gallery-style picture wall, the tailored window color, the fitting wall color and the posh furniture, this corner feels like it belongs in a cozy pub.

White Crane Construction

Carve out a guest nook. Put the small end of an L-shape room to use by setting up a guest bed space. Close off the area with a door and including a closet will help it become an official bedroom, but for practical purposes, it may be equally as useful without: Simply give guests the run of the basement during their stay and make certain there is a door they can shut on peak of the stairs.

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Attempt a unique announcement wall. Basements beg to get a little additional fun, so if there is something you have been wanting to try but are afraid to commit to the primary floor, the basement is the best place to experiment. Paint a accent wall or attempt stencils, salvaged a DIY art project. You can always paint it if it does not work out the way you had envisioned.

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Conceal pillars, pipes and other less-than-attractive particulars. Check with an experienced source before covering anything, to make certain you aren’t creating a safety hazard or blocking needed access.

That caveat aside, it may be worth it to invest some of your basement budget into coverings (such as the slick horizontal wood panels shown here) that hide eyesores and help your area look really pulled together.

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Give the staircase a creative signature. When the stairs are visible from the primary basement area, it pays to give them a little upgrade. A runner (possibly a carpet or a painted remedy) and a wallpapered or colorfully painted accent wall are good choices.

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Use every nook and cranny. Beneath the staircase can end up being an perfect place to get an L-shape desk, file storage, an extra closet or built-in shelving to maintain craft materials. Look around — you will have more usable space than you believe.

Reaume Construction & Design

End the laundry area with style. Having a new, polished laundry space can create an everyday chore so much more agreeable. Look at adding surfaces for folding, cabinets or shelving to store supplies, a hanging bar for dress clothes and some soft underfoot.

Use tough flooring for a slick and practical finishing touch. Basements are notoriously damp and prone to leaks (and even flooding), and tough flooring will last longer in those conditions than wall-mounted carpets.

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