When it starts to feel like you’re running out of space in your home, there’s one place where your mind consistently turns: to the basement. That’s not because you want to head down there and hide, it’s because you’re thinking about refinishing that space into something that’s useful and inviting.
Make no mistake; having a finished basement in your home can be an excellent thing. But, there are ways to go about it, and there are ways not to. In order to show you how you can transform your basement into an exceptional living space, we’ve picked 23 finished basements that totally fit the bill.
In this list, you’ll find finished basements that take the idea of underground living to an entirely new level. You’ll find ones that have bars that would be the envy of even the largest connoisseurs of spirits, and you’ll find ones that could just as easily function as a play space for your children.
So, what are you waiting for? If you want to see how your basement can become the ultimate living space, then check out these exceptional examples! Even if they’re not exactly what you have in mind, they’ll point you in the right direction for designs that you can use!
1. Let’s Play Cards
With a cozy and attractive card room like the one you see up above, you’ll never have to worry about taking up the kitchen for a game of poker again.
2. Last Call
With a stunning bar in your finished basement, it’s never last call in your home.
3. Movie Time
A finished basement can provide the excuse you’ve been looking for to invest in the giant projector!
A finished basement provides you with the opportunity to create multiple new living spaces in your home.
Brightly colored walls and carpeting ensure that whatever light your basement does get is maximized.
6. Martini’s Anyone?
The classic design of this stunning bar recalls a bygone era and truly elevates this finished basement to the next level.
An inventive built in like the one you see above can provide a comfortable area for sitting or for housing guests.
8. Man Cave
Wall sconces can add just the right amount of drama to even the darkest man cave.
A plush and comfortable L-shaped couch ensures that there’s plenty of room for people to stretch out when they’re in your finished basement.
The use of stone for the walls and bar ensure that this finished basement doesn’t lose its identity entirely.
If you have the headroom to allow for it, it’s always a good idea to consider theater-style seating for your home entertainment area.
12. Go Big
This finished basement expertly demonstrates that the sky is the limit when you’re considering new designs.
13. The Children
If you’re family is expanding, having your basement finished simply makes sense, as it allows for more play space.
We love the look of this backdrop for the bar in this refinished basement, which proudly displays the spirits and glassware.
Remember, dudes: With a finished basement, you can have the arcade that you always dreamed about as a kid.
Given that it’s out of the way, you can use your finished basement to pay tribute to the things you love – like Star Wars, for example.
A finished basement can be an ideal place to put a second kitchen; it keeps anyone from getting woken up by late-night snack trips!
Bold color choices, like the red you see up above, ensure that no one feels as if they’re in a basement when they’re in your new living space.
19. Cookin’ With Gas
Even when it’s refinished, your basement can get cold. Adding a gas fireplace can help solve that issue!
Is the wife sick of you on Sunday? Well, then make your basement an ideal sports haven, complete with authentic stadium seats.
If your finished basement is going to become a man cave, remember that it’s simply incomplete without a pool table.
Given that your finished basement is most likely going to be for entertainment, don’t worry about choosing furniture pieces you might not use elsewhere in the home. Comfort is what’s important!
Amble built-ins ensure that your finished basement can still be used as a place for storage.
24. Exposed Wood
Here, you see an interesting choice, with the wood underneath the floor above exposed. We love the effect!
Using contrasting colors on the walls and built-ins ensures that your finished basement is as visually interesting as the rest of your home.
26. White and Beige
To keep things bright in your finished basement, strongly consider sticking to a white and beige color scheme.
27. Colorful Décor
Here, you have an example of a finished basement that keeps things charming and bright thanks to colorful décor.
28. Recessed Lights
Here, two small recessed lights augment the natural light coming through the window, keeping this finished basement bright.
29. Light Blue
Another wall color that works great for finished basements is light blue. Also, check out the floors used in this design.
30. Adding Interest
All white color schemes can get a little boring. For visual interest, you can consider adding wood accents.
Check out how excellently selected décor items and furniture pieces with interesting patterns add charm to this finished basement.
If you want to use dark colors in your design, strongly consider keeping the floors a bright color in order to capture and diffuse light.
33. More Lights
When it comes to keeping your finished basement as bright as possible, the more lights you install the better.
34. Grey and Blue
The grey and blue colors used in this finished basement design give the space a relaxing cool vibe.
35. Creamy Green
Light hardwood floors and creamy green walls come together beautifully to keep this finished basement bright and charming.
This incredibly charming finished basement gets its splashes of color through its furnishings.
If you’re trying to break up the light color choices you’re making, consider using stone to keep things interesting.
Another way to keep the look of your bright finished basement from being too boring is to use paneling.
The darker green used on the walls of this finished basement is counteracted by the white wainscoting underneath.
40. Blending Lights
Here you have a stunning finished basement that makes use of recessed lights, sconces and lamps to achieve its charm and brightness.
41. Crown Molding
The beautiful hardwood floors and crown molding make this finished basement look charming and refined.
42. The Chair
Situated on the far side of the room, the dark wingback chair is an excellent design choice for this bright and charming finished basement.
With wood all around, this delightful finished basement has a decidedly contemporary aesthetic to it.
Arches and wall sconces help to keep this bright finished basement visually interesting and appealing.
45. Light and Dark
The black leather L-shaped couch is the perfect accent to this bright and appealing finished basement with bar.
46. Smart Lightning
When designing the lighting scheme for your finished basement, consider how shadows will affect the visual appeal.
47. Colors and More Colors
Here you have an example of an untraditional finished basement design that makes excellent use of color to create a sense of brightness.
48. Large Fixture
A large and attractive light fixture can help to create a signature look for your finished basement.
With multiple patterns and attractive lighting, this finished basement design feels as if it’s bathed in daylight.
If you go with darker colors like leather and stained wood in your finished basement, you’ll need more lights. It’s simple math!
51. Make It Yours
As long as you provide ample lighting and choose the right colors, you’ll be able to ensure that your finished basement can be enjoyed at all times!
This generously sized finished basement achieves its luxury through recessed ceilings with crown molding and beautiful wooden built-ins.
53. Rich Grains
Here, richly grained wood floors and cabinets come together with an exposed-stone wall to lend an aura of opulence to this finished basement design.
54. Crowning Achievement
A beautiful dark wood bar is the crowning achievement for this finished basement that’s the epitome of luxury.
55. Brick and Concrete
Exposed brick surfaces and polished concrete floors come together to give this luxury basement its signature look.
Beautiful light fixtures draw attention to the beautiful coffered ceiling in this luxury finished basement.
The wall sconces in this luxury basement design really help to accentuate the recessed ceilings.
58. Floating Walls
The floating walls the separate the seating area in this finished basement are a deft design choice.
59. Another Biggie
Here, you can catch a glimpse at another enormous finished basement. This one maintains its brightness through light blue walls.
60. Cool Choice
Pool tables are played out when it comes to luxuriously finished basements. Why not try a shuffleboard table instead?
61. Every Detail
Whoever designed this incredibly opulent basement home theater thought of virtually every detail; it’s awesome.
This finished basement design makes a number of intelligent color choices to really up its visual appeal.
63. Seeing Is Believing
Your eyes are no deceiving you; that is, in fact, a pool in this luxury finished basement. Wowsers!
64. Better on Vinyl
The green accent walls with shelves containing vinyl records are an interesting and rewarding choice for this finished basement.
65. Belly Up!
Check out the bar on the far side of this absolutely gorgeous finished basement design.
66. LED Lights
Recessed LED lights help to keep this large finished basement open and airy, upping the luxury factor quite a bit!
67. Fine Vintages
If you’re a person that appreciates a bold glass of red, then you’ll want to include a wine cellar or closet in your luxury finished basement design.
68. Go Bigger
Of course, if you really love wine, then you could create a wine room / television room like this in your finished basement.
With dark wood beams overhead, this finished basement has a standout look. Also, the light hardwood floors are deft and rewarding design choice.
70. Making The Old New Again
This totally cool basement design takes 50 style concepts and updates them with contemporary flair.
You’ve just got to love that gorgeous chandelier that’s hanging in the foreground on the left.
The coffered ceilings with dark wood accents are the perfect touch for this luxury finished basement design.
73. Lovely Setting
In this lovely finished basement design, carpet, stone, and wood accents come together with leather furniture and a built-in gas stove to great effect.
74. Library Like
This amply sized and apportioned finished basement design would be a perfect place to curl up with a book.
75. Hidden Storage
If you still need to preserve a section of your basement for storage, you could try creating a luxurious hidden entrance like this!
76. Having It All
With a poker table in the foreground, a comfortable theater area next, and a wine cellar / bar at the far side, this luxury finished basement design has it all!
77. Bigger Bar Means…
When designing your luxury finished basement, consider going larger with your bar, as this way it can double as a second kitchen!
78. Play With Space
Ultimately, if you want to have a finished basement design that oozes luxury, set up separate zones for differing things. It will increase the functionality of the space as well as its visual appeal.