There’s this idea that basements are cold, both in temperature and vibe. They’re good for storing potatoes, wine and seasonal clothes – and that’s about it. But these stylish spaces prove the opposite: basements are for lounging, cooking, eating, playing and exercising. Flip through for inspiration!
Published February 6, 2019, Updated October 2, 2020
A wood-clad ceiling (a detail picked up on the sofa table) is an arresting focal point in the basement of this playful Vancouver home that features a ravine walkout. A colourful Missoni sofa is a great way to brighten up the white backdrop.
This basement by Bryan Baeumler has an indoor climbing gym, a swinging tire and a mat for rough-and-tumble play: it’s perfect for kids to release all of that pent-up energy, especially during the winter. A bright green wall is a happy-making detail.
Basements are perfect spots to set up a home gym. (Not everyone wants to see heavy equipment upstairs). Though with its red accents, this well-coordinated space from Save My Reno‘s Sabrina Smelko and Sebastian Clovis is dapper enough for anywhere. Watch the episode where this basement transformation happens.
Knotty and Nice
Contrast makes perfect in this basement by Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, where warm wood meets crisp white for a stellar combo. Dark-painted walls on the nooks by the fireplace make the accessories pop.
Look, the kids are going to make a mess. That’s just how it is. They’re going to toss the toys around and colour the walls (pro tip: chalk paint a wall or two) so you might as well create an open space for them to go wild. This space by Save My Reno‘s Sabrina Smelko and Sebastian Clovis did all that, plus enough storage to pack everything up when they’re done.
Black adds depth and drama in this knockout kitchen by Bryan and Sarah Baeumler. Eschewing upper cabinets on one wall lets the backsplash shine. Chunky shelves are functional and decorative. Brass accents invite warmth.
Snazzy Home Office
Working from home? Make your office as inspiring as it can be. The trick? Design it like you would any room in the house. Spruced up on Save My Reno by Sabrina Smelko and Sebastian Clovis, this basement features a bold blue built-in desk, a stylish seating area and warm flooring.
Small, but Mighty
Space tight? That doesn’t mean your basement can’t be amazing. Focus on building a vignette. Layer in multi-colour pillows, a contrasting rug, a sweet Scandi sofa with splayed legs and shelving to show off pretty things. We’re lovin’ this space by Save My Reno‘s Sabrina Smelko and Sebastian Clovis.
Carving out a sweet little nook for your tots in your newly renovated basement will give your family plenty of space to play. Watch as Save My Reno‘s Sebastian Clovis and Sabrina Smelko make this budget-friendly basement come to life.
This welcoming basement apartment from Scott McGillivray on Income Property is all about the details: the shelving with space-saving table that flips down when not in use, the sleek kitchen that blends into the walls (good for small spaces) and the ethereal pendants.