It’s true to say that people are almost subconsciously, inevitably drawn to basements. Just watch any horror movie worth its salt: no matter how much you scream at the screen, they go down there.
Obviously, we’re not looking at the type of basement apt for murder! Unless you’re looking for serial-killer-chic.
And that’s not a thing. Not if you’re thinking of inviting friends to spend the evening in your converted entertainment space.
No; we’re looking at the total other end of the spectrum: trendy basements; stylishly spruced and creatively curated.
We’ve found some genuinely inspiring ideas to give you a little inspiration for your very own subterranean space.
Basements are so often unwelcoming, darkened chambers that they frequently feel claustrophobic and oppressive. However, this fabulous downlit stairway will elicit a wow from even your most tight-lipped friends. The glass wall promotes spaciousness. Fantastic.
This funky, bijou space has been transformed into a stylish hideaway; maximising the flexibility of the available space. The mezzanine bed platform creates plenty of storage below, and the slanting, wood-panelled ceiling gives a cosy impression of a woodland retreat. Stunning and very clever.
What could be more luxurious than an outdoor shower room? This fabulous subterranean space gleans privacy from over-head, glass tiling which floods the adjoining room with much-needed natural light. The climbing plants are a nice touch, providing the illusion of showering in the great outdoors. Rockstar luxury.
The main problem with basement rooms is that they’re often dark and dingy; lacking natural light from upper-level windows. However, this fantastic vinyl floor covering, in combination with a bright and breezy colour scheme and the stunningly spacious wall frieze, give this space the impression of vastness. The bed appears to hover in mid-air. Problem solved.
This cosy basement has been lovingly renovated, with an entertainment storage solution and fold-out single beds for the occasional accommodation of guests. Stylish and simple.
This fantastic, open-plan basement conversion is modern and stylish; resplendent in white and red. White provides the impression of space, while red is an energising feature colour, injecting a shot of zing. The wood-panelling is an excellent way of disguising ugly (but very necessary) supporting posts. Wonderful.
This LED strip lighting is a luxurious, affordable feature; adding a modern touch to a beautiful, wooden staircase. When you’re taking a step down into darkened quarters, this floor lighting offers an ambient, welcoming glow.
This subterranean dining room represents a beautiful juxtaposition between the restored, rustic brickwork and the pristine wooden flooring. The corner staircase contributes grandeur to this beautifully renovated cellar space.
A quick fix for ugly walls and an unfinished ceiling is to drape fire-proof curtains; providing a Boho feel to tiny spaces. Intimate and charming.
Staircases are, of course, absolutely vital, but they take up so much space in a small basement room. Maximise the potential of your entrance with this stylish under-stair storage solution. Attractive and practical.
There are a couple of ideas to take from this. When you lack windows in your basement space, you can create a breezy aesthetic with horizontal wood-panelling and ample down-lighting. Basements make great gyms: get fit in privacy with your own personal workout room.
This stylish snug has the feel of an exclusive gentleman’s club. The chestnut colour scheme adds gravitas, while the built-in storage means that entertainment is never far from hand. Stunning.
This rustic, multi-purpose room is a fantastic private suite for your guests. Part lounge, part bedroom, this is a space that’s sure to keep your friends and family happy. Although they might never leave.
A basement is an ideal spot for bathroom facilities. And this superb shower room is luxuriously adorned with rustic slate, offering texture and character. Amazing.
This fantastic basement office makes excellent use of what’s usually wasted space underneath the stairs. The steep staircase provides plenty of wall space, providing a cosy place for focus and creativity.
This before and after demonstrates the fantastic transformation of a well-designed basement room. The wooden panelling introduces a luxurious aesthetic, while the simple gym-matting offers excellent insulation for what can be a chilly concrete floor.
This secret door is a fun way of creating privacy and intimacy in basement spaces. The umber colour-scheme is warm and welcoming enough for a home bar that friends and family are going to love.
This lovely conversion has made a great bedroom/playroom for the kids, along with extra accommodation for family guests or friends for sleepovers. The grey colour scheme is warm and modern, bringing a calming energy to this lovely space.
This fantastic games-room-cum-snug makes excellent use of multi zoning to facilitate a range of leisure needs. The sandy mahogany colour scheme is welcoming, presenting the impression of expanse in this funky basement conversion. Fabulous.
Don’t let the space underneath the staircase go to waste. This cute, little snug is perfect for reading or listening to music; maximising the leisure possibilities for your basement room. Clever.