Even if you have a finished basement, it may not be completely finished. After all, installing drywall, insulation, and nice flooring doesn’t mean that your downstairs will automatically feel like home.

Transforming your dingy basement into an inviting area is often the hardest home improvement challenge. One of the best ways to create a welcoming feel in the basement is through painting. However, don’t just use the leftover paint you have lying around the house. Before you start filling the walls with color, think through the following questions:

•How do my basement’s size and design affect its aesthetics?

•What is my basement’s main purpose?


Basements come in all shapes and sizes. Whether your basement feels too small or too big, we have a solution for you.

If you have a small basement (especially one without any natural light), it’s wise to paint with a neutral palette. These subtle — but warm — colors reflect light and visually open up the room. You can incorporate bolder accent colors through decorative pillows, artwork, throw rugs, and other fun décor.

Some people have the opposite basement problem; they have too much space. If you have a large basement, it’s easy for it to feel more industrial than homey. To combat this problem, you’ll want to add depth through bold colors. Don’t be afraid to paint some of your expansive walls a darker hue. You can also divide the basement into different sections by changing the color schemes.


Whether you want to turn your downstairs into a cozy TV den or a home office, your basement’s purpose will also determine the colors you use. For example, painting with vibrant colors energizes the room. That’s perfect for a child’s play area or workout room. However, you’ll want to use a mellower palette for a home office.

If you’re not sure how to give your basement that warm, welcoming feel, MasterWorks Painting & Remodeling is here to help. Our residential painter teams have decades of experience. They’ll provide expert guidance on color choices and hues, bringing the touch of home into your basement. Contact us at 703-263-3302 to get a free quote from masterworkspainters.net today. We serve Fairfax, Ashburn, Vienna, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.