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Embrace brick walls instead of drywalling over them. A red accent wall adds the appearance of depth to this basement and feels bold and cheerful in contrast with the simple black and white scheme.

white unfinished basement ceiling and light grey walls (fireplace is not a good idea for a playroom)

Love the pop of orange ! Refreshing way to handle a basement apartment - white walls, white ceilings, brightly painted pipes as minimal art.

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Easy Updates for a Better Laundry Room

I Love this Idea! Not those colors.... but the curtains to hide crummy walls... ceiling paint idea.. :) basement laundry room - seal floor, paint walls & ceiling white, use curtains to hide ugly unfinished walls. basements are just a fairy tale here in Florida, but I adore this regardless.

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Tips for Better Drywall Taping

Whether you're finishing a basement, repairing a damaged wall, or hanging drywall in a new house, these taping tips will help you make smooth, invisible seams, even at inside corners. Find simple tricks for fast, flawless drywall finishing at http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Wall---Ceiling/Drywall-Taping/tips-for-better-drywall-taping

Basement wall idea. For basement wall with odd bumpout due to utility (heating) units. Great idea to add vertical molding to look like pillars.

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Planked Wall with Exposed Stud Shelving {Tutorial} - East Coast...

Basement walls after insofast. Paneling Wall the horizontal way, 4x8 $16 / sheet, this is likely the cheapest way to cover the unfinished walls in basement for a tidy cleanup

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Basement Lighting Ideas

simple basement upgrade. Paint all joists, pipes, ducts + walls white. spend $ on perfect lighting and added plumbing

Dig the black accents because I want black leather furniture! Fake fireplace in the basement?? Might be a good idea.

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DIY Bookcase Media Wall

DIY Bookcase Media Wall :: Hometalk

People often make the mistake of thinking black makes a space feel small. Black walls actually work as a neutral; they provide a backdrop for your design, and can actually help make a room feel bigger.

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New Entry Decor and Planked Wall

Board and Batten planked wall

Faux brick wall - 2 gallon pails of interior stucco - 1/4" painting tape (4 rolls for this particular wall) - Piece of cardboard - Ruler - Pencil - Exacto blade - T.S.P. solution - Fine sandpaper and sanding block - Large dry-wall trowel - Sea-sponge - Putty knife or small dry-wall trowel - Chalk-line - A partner (this is a definitely a 2 person operation)