30 Surprisingly Stylish Basement Remodel Ideas

You’ll be shocked by how much it increases your home’s value.

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Design: Liz Caan/Photo: Eric Roth

Does your basement feel more like an unused dungeon than a stylish space to hang out in? For more homeowners than not, a basement is merely a storage space for unwanted furniture or boxes full of who knows what. By letting this square footage go to waste, you're missing out on prime interior real estate, which can ultimately decrease the value of your home. Plus, what better place to have fun with design than a room secluded from the rest of your house?

Before you begin remodeling, there are some important factors to consider. "As with any room, the first important step is to think about what the space will be used for," says designer Christine Markatos Lowe. "Do you mostly use it during the day or at night? Will there need to be plumbing installed, for add-ons like a bathroom or a wetbar? Will it be a kids space or more for adults and entertaining?" she adds. Once you've nailed down your purpose, there are several factors to contend with. Since basements are typically windlowless or very dim, appropriate lighting is key. "Typically the ceiling height is going to be pretty low, so installing recessed can lights or low-profile flush mounts is a must," Markatos says. "Treating the ceiling as a fifth surface area to play with is also a great way to bring in some more interest through wallpaper or paint to an otherwise dark and flat area."

Still unsure where to go from here? Read below for 30 surprisingly stylish basement ideas that will transform the look—and value—of your home.

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1 Warm things up with a Modern Faux Fireplace
2 Set up Extra Seating Behind the Couches
3 Turn the Space into a Craft Room
4 Shiplap the Walls for a Cozier Feel
5 Install a Formal Projector Screen
6 Opt for Cinema-Themed Decor
7 Add Recessed Lighting to Give the Illusion of Higher Ceilings
8 Go Bold With Eclectic Patterns
9 Keep the Palette White and Bright
10 Transform an Awkward Corner into a Stylish Storage Space
11 Add a Corner Kitchen Space for Easy Access to Snacks
12 Finish Concrete Floors With a Striking Lacquer
13 Line the Ceiling with Warm String Lights
14 Experiment With a Fun Design Theme
15 Install Storage Beneath the Stairs
16 Construct a Bar Beneath the Stairs
17 Welcome Guests with a Movie-Themed Stairwell
18 Stick a Half-Bath Under the Stairs
19 Install Barn Doors to Break up the Space
20 Dedicate a Corner to Laundry
21 ...Or Make it a Full Laundry Room
22 Turn it into a Guest Bedroom
23 Amp Up the Luxury With a Statement Ceiling
24 Build Adult-Appropriate Bunk Beds
25 Choose a Chalkboard Accent Wall
26 Let the Games Take Center Stage
27 Add Family Photos for a Personal Feel
28 Create a Dedicated Workspace
29 Embrace an Industrial Design Scheme
30 Go Bold With a Statement Staircase
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