One of the best ways to turn an uninviting basement into a livable, inviting and welcoming space is by painting it to give the space definition, warmth and direction. But like any painting job, painting a basement comes with a series of pitfalls and common mistakes that must be avoided if you want to ensure that the job is done right.
Due to the complexity of painting a basement, it is generally recommended that you hire a professional company to do the job; this will ensure that the right materials and tools are used for the project. It will also be much easier and faster to have a professional company do your basement painting for you, since you won’t have to worry about the ins-and-outs of the process and instead can focus on choosing colors and styles. Let’s take a closer look at how to choose the right paint colors for your basement, and why you should bring in a professional to do the job.
Choosing a Basement Paint Color
Basements are typically windowless spaces or, at best, they have one or two high windows that don’t bring in much light at all. Due to the fact that basements are large windowless spaces, they tend to be dark and look cold and generally unwelcome. The right paint color can negate this feeling of coldness and make your basement warm and welcoming instead.
The best basement paint colors are crisp colors that either make the space neutral or create a stark visual. These colors are including but not limited to: white, light/sky blue, stark reds, lavender, grey, cream, green, yellow and brown. You can use more than one shade of color to create a more dynamic space. For instance, using a lighter lavender color for the larger wall sections and a deep plum as a contrasting wall to add more depth.
Benefits of Painting a Basement
Painting a basement has multiple benefits, and they are surprisingly not all related to aesthetic. The most noticeable benefits of having your basement painted are:
It looks better. Naturally, the most visually noticeable benefit to painting a basement is the improvement in appearance. Painted basements look like they are part of your home rather than a large, unused space that happens to be downstairs.
Protection from moisture. Basement walls are usually made with porous concrete material, which tends to accumulate moisture over time. If your walls are painted with the right type of paint, this will help reduce moisture build-up and protect your home from being damaged by moisture exposure over time.
Why You Should Call in the Professionals
If you want your basement painted the right way, you should call in a professional to get the job done properly. A professional team will use high quality tools and materials and their experience and skills will ensure that the painting job is done the right way. Best of all, a professional company will handle everything for you—from the prep work that involves covering up furniture and laying down drop clothes—to filling in cracks and holes, all the way to a final inspection to make sure you are happy with the work.