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10 Best Basement Paint Colors

Turn your basement into a cozy retreat with these fresh and inviting paint color ideas.

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Basement Paint Color: Lush Blue

Most people think a basement must be painted a light color to keep it from feeling like a dungeon. But in reality, dark colors can look stunning in a basement, as shown here by @projectrousehouse.

Shipwreck by Behr is a rich, inviting blue with slightly green undertones. Try pairing it with light furniture for a high contrast and high impact look.

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Basement Paint Color: Warm Gray

If you prefer a lighter basement, Fossil Grey by Glidden is a warm, light gray that creates a perfect blank canvas for any decor. This basement by @tayashomepaige shows how decorating with all neutral colors can create a relaxing and inviting vibe.

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Basement Paint Color: Deep Gray

If you’re not sure if you should go dark or light in the basement, try painting one element dark, like these built-in cabinets by @chadesslingerdesign.

The color here is actually a stock cabinet color, but try Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn for a similar look. With light walls, and dark gray cabinets, you get the best of both worlds.

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Basement Paint Color: Authentic White

A common color choice in basements is white, and for good reason. White paint can brighten a space without a lot of natural light, as shown here in this basement by @havenhomesolutions. But there are so many whites to choose from! For a bright, true white without any yellow undertones, try Polar Bear by Behr.

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Basement Paint Color: Glam Gray

Designer Gina D’Amore (@designbossgina) wanted this basement to feel different than the rest of the home, so she went bold with the paint color.

The walls were first painted with a metallic gold base coat, then a crackle finish, then painted with Benjamin Moore Gray. If you’re not ready to take on such an elaborate painting technique, simply paint the walls gray, then decorate with gold accents for an equally glam look.

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Basement Paint Color: Night-Sky Blue

Basements tend to have lower ceilings than the rest of the house. To make the walls seem taller, paint the ceiling a dark color. The technique is used beautifully here by @brickendhaus, who painted the ceiling of her basement office Naval by Sherwin-Williams.

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Basement Paint Color: Gorgeous Green

Turn your basement into a jewel box with rich, dark colors for the walls and furniture. The dark green walls (Courtyard by Sherwin-Williams), blue sofa and pops of orange work together in this basement by @melmitchia for a jaw-dropping effect.

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Basement Paint Color: Warm Black

We’ve talked about dark colors in the basement, and you can’t go much darker than black! It’s a risky choice that can deliver beautiful results, as shown here in this basement by @samanthajacksondesigns.

If you’re hunting for the perfect black, try Onyx by Benjamin Moore. It will add drama and sophistication to your basement while making it feel cozy.

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Basement Paint Color: Teal

The basement is the perfect place to try out exciting color combinations that might seem too bold for the main part of the house. In this basement by @your_design_partner, the teal walls (Grand Canal by Sherwin-Williams) really pop, especially when paired with the paprika orange color in the rest of the decor.

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Basement Paint Color: Cool Gray

For a light, cool gray wall without any warm undertones, try Passive by Sherwin-Williams. This basement space by @olive.oakdecor shows how a cool gray can make a windowless room feel open and bright.