Ready to check out the basement paint colors we selected to create a warm and welcoming family room?
Our basement renovation is moving right along and I’m feeling a bit of pressure to make some of the decorating decisions, in particular the paint colors. Up until this point, I’ve had a general idea of how I want the final area to look and feel, but I’ve been slow at nailing down specific choices. Today, the trim work is being finished and the next step will be painting. Time to make my final paint color selections, wouldn’t you say?!
Normally, I go to my Benjamin Moore deck for colors, but I decided to give Sarah Richardson’s Collection from Para Paints a try for a bit of a change. I like how the large paint swatches are making it so much easier to compare colors. I can truly get a sense of how the actual colour will look and feel on the walls.
Of course, I followed my own advice when it came to selecting the perfect paint colors.
Basement Paint Color Selections
Basement Wall Colors
For the main walls, I was looking for something in a lighter neutral (there’s only one small window) with a bit of a grey undertone. Cashmere (SR-13) seemed to be the color that read a bit grey but still maintained a bit of warmth.
Paint Tip: Looking for a similar color from Benjamin Moore? Try Classic Gray OC-23.
For the TV wall, I decided to go with a deep grey colour. My hope is that it will blend better with the TV and speakers so they are less of a focal point in the room. I also prefer watching TV screens in front of a dark background colour. You?
Thunderstorm (SR-72) is a grey that changes depending on the light, from grey to green to blue. I think it’s the perfect complement to the grey quartz countertop we’re planning on installing in the snack bar area, as well as some of the accents and artwork we plan on adding to the room.
Basement Trim, Doors and Ceiling Color
For the shaker style trim, doors and ceiling, I chose Snowfall (SR-29). I like the warmth it has without being too yellow.
Of course, the ceiling will be in a flat finish, whereas the trim will be sprayed in semi-gloss.
Paint Tip: Looking for a similar color from Benjamin Moore? Try White Dove OC-17.
Snack Bar Cabinet Color
Finally, the snack bar cabinets we hacked using IKEA boxes and custom maple doors are going to be sprayed in Shoreline (SR-43), a soft grey derived from the color of stone. I went back and forth on this decision between grey and white, but after seeing these light grey cabinets on Pinterest, I was able to make my decision. I think a darker color will be better for wear and tear as well.
I’m crossing my fingers these basement paint colors work well together. There’s really only one way to find out, so I’m taking the leap of faith. I’ll let you know how it goes in a follow up post!
Basement Paint Color Breakdown
- Walls – Para Cashmere (SR-13) | Para Thunderstorm (SR-72)
- Ceiling, Trim and Doors- Para Snowfall (SR-29)
- Cabinets- Para Shoreline (SR-43)
Have you tried the Sarah Richardson Paint Collection? I’d love to know which colors you adore.
Although Sarah Richardson no longer has a collection with Para, these colors can still be mixed. Ask where they sell Para paints.
As well, see how these paint colors look on our basement walls and cabinets.
Enjoy your day,