Basement Flooring Design

Color Design for Basement Flooring

When you start thinking about design for your basement flooring, the same will always hold true as if you were designing any other flooring. There are three basics that you will need to adhere to form, pattern, and color. Form deals with nothing more than the physical shape of the flooring material that you are planning for.

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The pattern is just that, the pattern for the flooring that you have in mind whether it will have a stone, tile, or whatever look you might decide upon. But more on that later. As probably the most important and powerful design feature that you will need to key in on above all else is the basement flooring color.

Why is color the most important? Simple. It’s typically the first thing that anybody notices when you walk into a room. This includes the basement and the color of the flooring that you choose. Not only that, the color of the flooring could instantly affect your mood and how you feel about being in a basement. To effectively use color in your basement flooring design you must understand the design elements of color. The shade or tint, the hues, and the value.


The first thing to understand about flooring color is the “hue” that you are looking for. Hues are nothing more than pure colors so to speak. Red, blue and yellow would be hues, in fact, they are what are called primary hues. People tend to get hues and shades or tints mixed up all the time. Shades and tints altogether though are not so different than hues as a shade or tints’ primary makeup is a hue.

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Here are the simple facts of it all. A shade is nothing more than a darker form of the original hue and a tint is just a lighter form of an original hue. Shades and tints are made by adding either black or white pigment to the primary hue respectively. Pink is a tint of red and navy is a shade of blue. Make sense?

Where people tend to get lost the most on basement flooring color is the color value in the design element. The value of a color is nothing more than how bright the color may be. Bob Dylan, I think that’s who it was, said it best as “shades of gray”. This is, in essence, the color value. In other words, if you took a color and put it in a black and white picture, how would it show up.

Typically, darker colors generally have lower color values while lighter colors tend to have higher color values. Darker color valued flooring will tend to make a basement feel smaller. Lighter color values in flooring will open the place up more and make it stand out.

Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of basement floors and what you can do with colors. So, what’s your idea for the best basement color flooring?

Choosing the Right Basement Flooring Colors

Together as a team, color, form, and pattern can either make or break a basement flooring project. Based on the color you choose, the form of the material, or the pattern you claim, the flooring can dominate an entire basement or be part of the scenery to enhance other items you may have in your basement. Wrong decisions could also lead to detrimental designs.

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To see what I’m talking about here think of yourself in a four-walled room with heavy dark hue’d paint on the walls and very light-colored flooring. If the basement is small already it could give you the feel of the walls closing in on you.

To get a good example to look at for your basement flooring project that complements each other very well, you’ll need to start thinking of saturation. Saturated colors tend to complement one another. Imagine a dark walnut laminate basement floor with a blue counter-toped tile bar setting in your basement. Or what about some peach-colored walls with a very light pastel carpet for a perfect living arrangement. You could even take on a contrasting perspective if done moderately in small basements.

Why? contrasts tend to make things look smaller than they really so go sparingly in smaller basements. A good feel for this might be a basement that is done in a checkerboard type fashion with black and white ceramic tile flooring. Personally, I think this would look awesome as someone’s Nascar-themed basement or a playroom for the kids.

Color Guidelines

There are a few guidelines so to speak when choosing a basement floor color. I know, design is personal, so these are just guidelines. First, practice the art of restraint. Too many colors can have differentiating results. Too much of the same and it’s bland. Too much pop and it is uncomfortable.

If you don’t want a single color to dominate your basement in your flooring, think about selecting grid patterns. Carpeting for basement floors can come with either grid or speckled looks. Darker laminates can be used in different colored parquet patterns for particularly beautiful basement floors.

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Some Helpful Tips when selecting the colors for your basement floor:

  1. Names are cool but select the color not the name. Home Depot orange or Barney purple sounds good, but will they look good with what you are planning.
  2. Trust the gut! You know what you like.
  3. Narrow the selection down and then take the samples home to check out each basement flooring color in your own home to see what might work.
  4. Check the colors at different times of the day. This is especially true if your basement does have outside light shining in. Even if you don’t, different light sources will give different results on your basement floor.
  5. If you are doing a “make-over” session and already have a finished basement, cover up everything you can so as to not interfere with your decisions. The eye catches a lot and will be lying to you in those situations.
  6. Most of all, take your time. This is not a have to make it now decision, but a decision that you will be spending that hard-earned cash on that will be around for a while.

Basement Flooring – Form and Patterns

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First up is simply the flooring form. Form, if you recall from the first paragraph of this article, is nothing more than the actual shape of the flooring material. These days, flooring comes in an absolutely wide range of materials. From carpeting to laminate, tile to stone, they all have very distinct shapes ranging from squares to planks to sheets to rectangles.

Just think for a moment if you can about tile flooring. You can have large squares or small squares. You could even have a mixture of both. Think of laminate flooring for a sec and see what you come up with. Bet you didn’t know that you could have either rectangular planks ranging in width from three to eight-inch planks or wider or you could actually have laminate squares that are actually square.

Still another form to think about would be carpeting for your basement. Carpeting is a continuous roll with no breaks. You get the drift, flooring comes in many different forms. Next, let’s move on to the pattern.


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Patterns are exactly what you might think, it’s a pattern. But with patterns you can think out of the box, they don’t have to be symmetrical and don’t have to follow grids. So many people get caught up in a symmetrical design these days just because they simply don’t take the time or have the vision to see something like the floors in your basement in a “big picture” style.

If you could, the best thing that you could do is just step back for a bit and not rush into something and make a rash decision. Look at something for a visible appeal. They could be floral prints if you want or a rigid stone look laid out in a different color pattern.

They could even be geometric figures and shapes laid out in a fashion that would look good imprinted on the basement flooring of your choice. The bottom line is there are all kinds of patterns for you to work with already pre-printed on different flooring of your choice.

Patterns and forms in your flooring can completely transform your basement into the room of your dreams and give it a mood and style all its own. If you are looking for an informal room you could start with a flooring pattern small in design and it would inevitably soften the room’s glow.

Formal Vibe for Your Basement

Think about using laminate flooring or engineered wood flooring. Because their linear rectangular designs mixed with other features of the basement could lend to adding a degree of formality to your basement. Looking for something more elegant appeal, I’d suggest wider planks.

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Here are a few things to keep in mind for using scale and pattern in your basement flooring design. If you have a small basement already, stay away from the larger patterns. Larger patterns will make the room look smaller. Smaller basements will benefit more from smaller patterns.

The inverse is absolutely true for large basements. Larger rooms will benefit more from larger patterns. Why? Simple, large patterns can dominate small basements and small patterns will dissolve away and get lost in large basements.

Just remember, the best thing that you can do for yourself when choosing the appropriate flooring for your basement and getting the overall design that you want is to take your time. Step back away from it a bit, and look around at the styles and patterns that you like. Find a way to fit them in and fit them in nicely.

Most every decision that’s been made that turns out to be a bad one you can bet happened irrationally and quickly. Make your basement a place that you want to be and not something that you dread anybody ever laying eyes on. Above all, remember it’s yours and nobody else’s and if you like it, who cares what the neighbors think.

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