50 Modern Basement Ideas to Prompt Your Own Remodel

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There is no shortage of modern basement ideas to borrow from. Unused basements tend to get filled with every old and unwanted item in the house from worn out furniture to childhood memorabilia. Unfortunately, this is letting precious square footage go to waste. The basement is a perfect space that could be transformed into a warm and welcoming area for your family and friends to enjoy.

A basement redesign, though time-consuming and cost-intensive, not only adds to your living space, it can also increase the value of your home. Additionally, it allows you to explore ideas that you often can’t apply to your main living space.

You could set up a game room or play area for the kids, theater room for family and guests, a wet bar or even an extra bedroom to host visitors. You’ll find plenty of wonderful ideas in this blog!

A Balance of Functionality and Aesthetics

A big focus of contemporary basement designs is cost control. The basement is a relatively big space and renovating it will not be cheap. Usually homeowners don’t want to spend too much on a space that they don’t deem as crucial as the kitchen or bathroom.

Many homeowners, with the help of their contractors, are resorting to modern minimalist remodels. The ideal modern basement balances between aesthetics and functionality. The space need to look good and feel warm. At the same time, it also needs to be comfortable and livable in such a way that it can be put to a variety of uses.

Focus On What Your Family Needs

The best way to figure out how to put your finished basement to use is to determine what your home is missing.

If there are kids around, they are likely running out of room for their toys. If you work from home, you may need an isolated and quiet space where you can get some work done. If you don’t have a dedicated guest bedroom, the basement is the perfect place to set one up.

Maybe it’s just great extra space, a blank palette—there are so many awesome ways you can use the basement. A movie room, game room, family room or kitchenette can provide a special place for the family to bond and have fun. Man caves and/or woman caves have become trendy and there are plenty of modern basement cave ideas available to inspire your own private space.

Related: 43 She Shed & Woman Cave Ideas: The Ladies Answer to the Man Cave

DENVER

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Jon Eady Photographer

A lot of great contemporary elements in this space in Denver. Take a look at those cool lights above the bar.

3form

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Savvy Interior Design

Unique lighted resin side panels (3form) on the bar.

COLORFUL & COMFY

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Moshi Gitelis – Photographer

What a fun space to enjoy a movie.

LOUNGE ACT

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Ku Interior Design

Some great parties can be hosted here!

CRAFTY NOOKS

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MATT architecture LLP

Great colorful working spaces for the kids!

RELAX

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Dwelling Designs

This modern basement space would make a great woman cave. Maybe share a glass of wine (or two) with the girls.

WHITE OUT

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Titan Contracting Services

White and bright in this basement theater room.

CHEERFUL

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Grande Interiors

The bright colors definitely perk up this modern basement.

OFFICE SPACE

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Vibe Design Group

A great out-of-the-way area to get some work done or a great space for a guest.

RELAX 2

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Urban Abode

This modern basement area is the perfect space to relax after a stressful day.

BOLD & EXCITING

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Realm

Such bold choices of color in this basement theater!

SLIDE

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Ashton Woods

A slide that takes you from upstairs to the basement–how fun is that?

WORKOUT

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Sebring Design Build

The floor is so cool!

STRIKE

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Fusion Bowling

A bowling alley in your basement! We can all dream right?

FAMILY ROOM

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New Wave AV

A great place in this modern basement for the family to share movie memories.

PLAY

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Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design

A wonderful wide and open kid cave that will provide hours and hours of fun!

AQUA BLUE

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PPDS

A great color to brighten up a modern basement bedroom. That mosaic glass tile wall is amazing!

YOUNG & CHIC

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Mosaik Design & Remodeling

Perfect basement for the teenagers to hang out.

OPEN & SLEEK

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Sebring Design Build

A clean & modern basement space.

FUNKY FAMILY

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Alleycat Arch

This family room space has some fun contemporary furnishings and who doesn’t love a Murphy bed!?

CRAFTY

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California Closets of Louisville

Whether in a basement or not–this modern and bright craft area provides some great inspiration for a craft area in any basement.

PLUSH PURPLE

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Urban Abode

This could be a wonderful woman cave.

OVERNIGHT GUEST

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Synthesis Design Inc.

This layout along with the fireplace is smart idea for a modern basement guest bedroom.

BAR NONE

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Sebring Design Build

A modern & sleek corner bar area.   Nice lights!

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ROCK & ROLL

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Michael Abrams Limited

Musician’s man cave.

COMFY & COZY

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Living Edge Design

Grab a blanket and some pillows and snuggle up with that favorite movie and beverage. Great design feature–recessed shelves/nooks.

DEBUNKED

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Titus Built, LLC

Fun bunk areas to hide away in.

MANLY

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Just Basements

This contemporary basement bar/lounge/theater with all the black and gray makes it the perfect man cave.

TAKE IT EASY

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Variations Interior Design, LLC

Perfect place to enjoy with friends.

SPORT CAVE

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Iron Mountain Remodeling

This looks like a sport lover’s dream!

CHILL

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Baobab Design

Looks like the perfect basement to just kick back in. Plus that mural is cool.

FUN & GAMES

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Platinum Series by Mark Molthan

No lack of activities in this basement.

COOL

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RD Architecture, LLC

All the concrete and gray makes this basement space feel crisp and cool.

MODERN KITCHENETTE

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Sebring Design Build

A well-designed basement kitchenette that is perfect for entertaining.

MASCULINE LOUNGE

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Just Basements

Nicely designed space. Love the pop of red color on the wall.

PING PONG

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Gaetano Hardwood Floors, Inc.

Amazing space to relax an entertain in. So bright for a basement–looks like the outside feeling is brought in.

GIRLS NIGHT

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Marshall Design Group

This modern basement seems a little more feminine. The pool table appears hot pink and the other colors are more soft. Looks like a great woman cave!

MAN CAVE

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Jauregui Architecture Interiors Construction

Another great man cave. Great lights over the pool table.

STAGED

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Sebring Design Build

An awesome addition in this basement to show off the talents of the musician in the family.

KICKBOX

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Cezign

Great basement studio.

MINIMAL

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Austurban Homes

Very contemporary and minimalist.

STORAGE STAIRCASE

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E/L STUDIO

Awesome storage in this staircase.

OFFICE & GYM

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Meghan Carter Design Inc.

What a really good idea. One side is an office the other side is the gym. Plus this homeowner is a personal trainer–perfect. Love the bench!

WORKOUT 2

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Sebring Design Build

No excuses if you have a workout room like this one in your basement–right?

COLORFUL RETREAT

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Awad + Koontz Architects Builders

Love how these homeowners used all the color within the books to decorate the room.  Plus there’s some yummy treats in that bowl.

DIVIDED

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Maric Homes

Really like the wall divider & fireplace.

MODERN MEDIA

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Realstone Systems

This modern basement space is so warm and welcoming. Beautiful fireplace and that video screen is amazing.

SIT & RELAX

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Sebring Design Build

A bright & cheerful area to sit and relax with family and friends.

OTTAWA

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Southam Design

Soothing basement in Ottawa. The stone wall is stunning. Nice sliding door to separate the areas too.

LUXURY BASEMENT

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Multipurpose Basements

The expansiveness of an unfinished basement can be a curse. In a renovated basement, it is a blessing. Instead of piling it up with junk, you can fill it up with multiple spaces that add more value to your home and your family’s life.

  • Bedrooms – A common strategy is to set up a couple of extra bedrooms in the basement for guests. This is especially beneficial for families that love to entertain on a regular basis. You can easily have guests stay over without disrupting the family space above. Basement bedrooms can also come in handy if you have older kids that cannot share bedrooms any more. Plus, you could also add a small kitchenette and bathroom for convenience.
  • Children’s Play Areas – When looking at modern basement design photos; one common idea is to set up a play area for kids. This area often consists of soft flooring, such as a rug or wooden floor, and colorful easy-to-reach storage for toys and games. You can use colorful and playful décor to separate it from the rest of the basement space.
  • Entertainment – In another area of the basement, you could add a play area for adults. This usually includes setting up a pool table and a dart board on the wall. You can also get a ping pong table if pool is not your thing. Another great idea is to set up a video game center.
  • Bars – While everyone is having all this fun, there will be a desire for refreshments. Don’t forget to set up a full bar or wet bar where you can stock juices and other beverages for the kids and something stronger for the adults. You can even combine it with a kitchenette where you can prepare a few snacks.

Also don’t forget: home gyms, wine cellars, theaters and craft rooms. The ideas are endless. Your goal should be to get as much value from the space as possible. If your basement is small, use it to fill a void such as an extra bedroom or additional organized storage space. If it is big, find several fun ways you can utilize the space and add value.

Don’t forget to check out these ideas too: 45 Basement Kitchenette Ideas to Help You Entertain in Style

Décor and Furnishings

Basement decoration is generally easy thanks to the open space. It is a good idea to begin with a general theme in mind. Do you want a minimalist ultra-contemporary look or a more laid back traditional decor? Do you prefer warm colors or the space-creating effect of neutral hues?

Once you decide the overall style you want, you can go ahead and choose the various colors and decorations you will use. This is easy if you have set up a single room only such as a bedroom. If you have multiple areas set up in the basement, you need to make sure that the décor of each clearly defines it and sets it apart.

In choosing the best décor for the basement, try to create some sense of continuity with the rest of the house. Start by creating an open stairwell leading from the rest of the house. It makes the basement feel open, lighter and connected to your home. Next, make sure that anyone descending the stairwell isn’t jarred by the contrast in décor with the space above. As much as you need to create defining styles for different sections of the basement, ensure there is a flow from the décor above to the one below. Otherwise, your basement is going to feel like some far off disconnected place and not part of your home.

If you have to use a vastly different style from the rest of your home, then create a transitional space that connects the two spaces. The stairwell and the space immediately around can be used to ease the transition to a new environment.

As for the furnishings, the expansiveness is again, your friend. You can afford to set up oversize furniture without worrying about space or movement. Make sure the furnishings blend with the overall style of the basement. As with decorations, you can use furnishings to differentiate separate sections of the basement.

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Storage

If your basement is going to look modern and clean, storage is essential. Whether you are setting up a bedroom, play area or family room, you are going to need a variety of storage spaces.

To retain the modern minimalist look, we recommend built-in shelves and cabinets. Try to include a wide variety from wall cabinets to pull-out drawers and wall shelves. Make sure that everything is easily accessible. For kids areas, go with low storage options that they can access without needing your help.

If you have special items such as wine bottles or art pieces, you’ll need special types of storage that can protect your precious items while still displaying them properly.

If you need to store big items such as large appliances or bikes, make sure they don’t look messy and cluttered. For things like bikes and Christmas trees, racks will keep things neat.

Be extra careful about wooden storage. If you are going to use it, make sure your basement has no moisture seepage problems. If the risk of damage is high, go with metal and plastic shelving. Additionally, choose non-wood storage for delicate items such as art, clothing and books.

Additional Tips

  • Check what basement specifications your local building department requires. In most places, you need to have at least one exit in case of emergencies. Some places also require fire safety measures to be put in place.
  • Tackle the plumbing and wiring first before you begin any decorations. It would be a shame if you have to tear finished walls or flooring later on.
  • If you are setting up a media room or play area, consider adding sound insulation to keep the noise from going into the space above. This insulation will also come handy if you want to insulate the basement from the noise above and outside.
  • If you are going to add a window well, you also need to take security into consideration. Either install a secure locking system or add a window alarm system. You can also do both.

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