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I am finishing my basement and I have the painter starting on Monday. My wife and I are having some problems coming up with colors. Our upstairs is earthy...brown schemes. I want the basement to be different and trendy. I would like a gray color scheme or something you would see in a trendy hotel or upscale house.

The basement is going to have a main sitting area, a bar\full kitchen, a game room, and a home theater. We have the theater picked out, a burgundy, dark slate, and gray.

What are some contemporary \ trendy colors we can paint the main room, bar, and game room?

Thanks and attached is a sketup of the area.

 

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When choosing colors for a basement, it's best to use lighter colors for walls and ceiling. There isn't much natural light in a basement, and ceilings tend to be low--combined, this can make them seem very dark and claustrophobic, like a cave. I would usually balk at the idea of burgandy as a wall color anywhere but a tall room with lots of sunny windows, but as you're using it in a home theater, you'd want it dark! :)

I've always thought a light, cool gray looks very chic and modern for walls. I'd go with something like that for the rest of the space.
 
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