19 Basement Design Ideas To Inspire You

By Sherry Holmes

Mike’s Advice / Design & Renovation Inspiration

Monday, June 8th, 2020 @ 11:53am

A basement remodel is a great idea, whether you are planning on selling your home or living in it forever. Don’t let your basement become just a storage room. Think about how you would like to use your basement and the square footage you are working with. Do you have a large family? Are you big on hosting gatherings? Do you like to work out at home? Answering these questions first is important during the planning stage.

I’ve collected some awesome finished basement remodel ideas to inspire your renovation!


Nice fireplace and comfy chairs are perfect for a night in. Recessed lighting is a great option for basements because the ceilings are typically low.

Holmes Approved Homes – Vicky’s Homes

Keep your open space uncluttered with simple furniture and a statement wall. Warm up your room with a nice fireplace. 

Photo from Duvanco Homes.

Basement bar, modern leather chairs and shelves make this a perfect space for entertaining as well as a family room. Add a fun patterned rug to your space to make it a modern basement!

Holmes Approved Homes – Gibraltar

Warm and cozy basement design. These potlights give the illusion of a higher ceiling height for your living space.

Project by Rinaldi Homes


Pot lighting, also known as recessed lighting or high hat lights can bring a lot of brightness to dark, shady rooms. They are a great option for basements.

I love this basement by RC Homes in Missouri. It’s clean and uncluttered.

Project by RC Homes

Beautiful Basement Wet Bar Ideas

A white brick wall and pendant lighting makes for a beautiful basement bar. Good storage space as well!

Add a pop of color with funky bar stools. Perfect for entertaining.

Project by Rock Cliff


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This large bar area in the basement is perfect for hosting.


Turn your basement into a gym. Mirrors on the wall-nice touch!

Project by Effect Home Builders.

A pool table is a great accessory for the basement. You can even create a basement game room for the family.

Project by Rinaldi Homes.


Great Backyard and Patio Design Ideas

How about a hockey rink in the basement? I visited this house (It’s a Lottery Home in London, Ontario) and it’s gorgeous. Lots of real estate to entertain as well! 

Project by Wastell Homes.


Got a large basement? Add an indoor movie theatre for a night in!

Project by Bernskoetter Construction.

Indoor movie theatre room idea. Grab the popcorn!

A sectional is a great choice for a basement for movie nights. Love the bright red pop of color.

Project by Rock Cliff.


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