Bold, bold colors catch the eye by adding drama, but they also give the impression that the space is smaller. Using them in your basement can make the ceilings look lower and the walls seem to close. Rely on light neutral colors like gray, taupe and white that give the space a more expansive look. Use similar colors for large furniture such as shelves, sofas and tables. Add color and character to your accessories and coverings, such as cushions, curtains, rugs and vases.
See the Light
Basement windows are often smaller than elsewhere in the house because the space is partially or completely underground. The lighting will not only make the room bigger, but the bright light will make up for the lack of windows. Recessed lighting saves space, but you do not have ceiling space (or budget) to accommodate it. Use wall sconces, table lamps and floor lamps instead. To reflect light, hang the mirrors strategically in the room.
Decide which layout works best
Once you have determined your budget and how you intend to use the space, determine a floor plan that will help you execute it. If you want to create a guest room, you will probably want to add a bath and will need to plan accordingly. If your space is large, you can divide it into several rooms that meet different needs, whatever they are. If it is small, you can still use it for several functions with good planning.
If your basement is on the small side, keep the area open by avoiding adding walls. Define different spaces or areas using color and decoration so that your basement can serve many purposes. For example, half of your basement can become an adult relaxation area if it is anchored by a comfortable sectional area, a large area rug and lighting with dimmers. The other half can be a craft area with a large and sturdy table, storage shelves and brighter work lighting.