Especially if you recently remodeled an unfinished basement into a comfortable living space, when it comes to painting the basement, you need to ensure it is completed efficiently and correctly. Today, we at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. would like to offer some recommendations on making sure your basement is painted with high-quality, long term results.
Best Paint Color Options for Finished Basements
Being the first characteristic people think about, basements are often associated with darkness. You will want to select a light color for your basement walls. You can have lovely greens, blues, yellows, tans, grays and other light colors brighten the space or go with the time-honored standard of white. Definitely a better option is choosing a light paint shade. A flat, bright white is a great option, though you can also paint the ceiling a lighter shade of the wall color as your basement ceiling. The fact that it is lighter will make it feel higher up as it will add a sense of airiness to the basement.
Painting Concrete or Cinder Block Walls in Basement
Basement walls are partially or wholly made of masonry in many instances no matter if you have concrete or cinder block. If you want to paint cinder block or concrete in your basement, begin with a masonry primer or sometimes referenced as block filler primer. The primer seals up the pores in the masonry and creates a paintable surface, afterwards, you can paint very efficiently and smoothly.
Humidity & Painting Indoors
Should your basement be prone to dampness; paint alone will not fix the problem. You should not paint a wall that has periodic, or constant wetness, as the paint will fail, and you will end up with mold or mildew issues. The best solution is to consider waterproofing to help you address whatever interior or exterior causes are behind the water. You can paint them however you like afterwards, though you may want to apply a waterproofing coating to the inside of your walls.
How to Increase Ventilation when Painting Basement
If you are painting your own basement, keep in mind that you need fresh air. During the preparation process, you should wear a mask and blow a fan at the nearest door or window should you do any sanding. You will want to choose low-VOC or zero-VOC products, for painting your basement as well.
Basement Paint Color Ideas
Blues: Optimal for boosting a basement space and lifting the spirits, anyone who walks downstairs can be greeted a medium or even dark, navy blue. For a timeless look, neutral accents blue shades give off a calming effect and a pristine with lighter trim and soft.
Green: If you want to really energize the space, add a rich green accent wall. In addition to saturated light greens offering a calming effect, brighter greens give off a sense of whimsy while dark greens give off a cozier feel.
White: White will brighten up basements. White can be uninviting or plain if you don’t use proper decorations or lighting. In addition to the color in the carpet, furniture fabrics and décor; overhead lighting can brighten up a room.
Browns: You can create cozy, warm earth tones especially when enveloped in white trim or natural wood accents as a rich neutral color for finished basement walls. A light brown is beautiful.
Grays: All throughout your home, gray paint is a trend that can be embraced within the basement. Gray is a sophisticated paint color is quite versatile, looking beautiful with neutral furniture, or bold and bright fabrics and décor.