A call for help: What to paint the walls?
(A preference toward tan, brown and orange)
Problem: Boring white basement walls and a tan couch.
Solution: Find an inspiration room. Paint the walls a light neutral, arrange the furniture, hang the curtains. Over time, personalize your space and collect decorating items that follow your new color scheme. Creating a mood board, like the ones featured below, will keep you focused.
Here are my favorite color schemes that would really warm up a basement.
This play room by Centsational Girl.
A few more tips:
1. A neutral color on the walls will keep you from having to repaint in the near future. Using pops of color in your decor and accessories keeps the room bright and allows you to change the feel of the room with a new pillow, throw, vase or artwork.
2. Basement ceilings are typically low. Painting the walls the same colors, even odd built-ins or shelves will help keep the eye moving up and around, which will feel more spacious.
3. Basements are typically poorly lit, with small windows. Paint will only help so much. Add plenty of lamps around the room for task and mood lighting. And don't block the windows with dark, heavy drapes. You can always use white or light beige curtains. Layer them on top of bamboo blinds for natural texture, a bit of privacy and the ability to block out light when you want to.
4. To get a warmer, cozier feel in the basement, use lots of soft textures in pillows, throws, even carpet.
5. Paint the ceiling a lighter version of the color on the walls (or white) to give it the illusion of being higher than it is.
6. Consider the color of beige already existing in your space. Beige can be pink, yellow or green. Once you know which undertone your beige is, you can successfully choose a wall color that enhances your existing beige instead of clashing.
For inspiration, check out more mood boards by Young House Love on flickr.