Paint color suggestion for basement?

kerry331September 24, 2006

What color did you paint your finished basement? We are painting shortly but i am not really sure what to do for the's going to be mostly a play area w/a living room set up however I don't want to paint it 'kid' colors as i am sure we will all get sick of something too vibrant. I was thinking neutrals (tans) .. but light tan, b/c i don't have big windows down there, so something light i would think would be the right choice.

can you post pictures of your basements?


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Ours is aquamarine... the B&W photos look good against it.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2006 at 12:22PM
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We wanted something similar--not kid-colored, but warm and not too dark. Ours will be half playroom half media room, but we also have only small, high windows.

We went with Benjamin Moore's Monroe Bisque. It's a pretty, warm tan with a slight goldish cast. We used a 50% formula in the stairwell to decrease the "tunnel effect," and used 100% throughout the rest of the rooms. We painted our ceilings bright white (for maximum light reflection) and the trim White Dove.

I don't have pictures since we've painted--it's still a bit of a mess down there, but I can try to snap some over the next few days when we clean up. Hope that helps.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2006 at 7:53PM
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Thank you for your help and your input!! I would LOVE to see pics!!! Sounds beautiful!!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2006 at 8:51PM
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I've never heard of "tunnel effect". I've never really had a basement though before either. I'll be painting within a few months, I had thought with everything a beautiful cream color. What ever tunnel effect is though, it doesn't sound pleasant. So what is it, and how do I avoid it?

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 6:54AM
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I would keep it as bright as possible, unless its a home theatre.
My end goal for my basement was that it shouldn't feel like a basement.


    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 10:26AM
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We selected a variety of colors from white to bright. Ours in an entertainment space and we simply did not want it looking like the rest of our home.

Photos linked from "My Page".

    Bookmark   October 2, 2006 at 3:47PM
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