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Thursday, August 22, 2013 / 11:39 AM

Choosing a Paint Color for Your Basement

Choosing a Paint Color for Your Basement

Sherwin Williams 6218 Tradewind

Of all the questions we receive, the greatest number focus on the always-perplexing problem of picking the perfect paint color. In this case, the color is needed for a basement that is currently all white walls with beige Berber carpet and one large brown sectional. It’s all very sterile now, the homeowner writes. I’d like to warm it up but it’s a basement. I don’t want to go too dark.”

So, then, what hue should she choose? Of course, we’re clueless so we turned to the expert opinion of designer extraordinaire, Vickie Dreste, of Victoria Dreste Designs (314-308-5759, And her response:

“Having color on the walls of your basement will make a big difference, but it can be a bit tricky. You have to consider the amount of natural light in the space and there may not be any!

“There are two ways I would suggest going. It comes down to whether you are basically a blue person or a green person.

“For the blue paint, I would use Sherwin Williams 6218 Tradewind and for the green Sherwin Williams 6211 Rainwashed. Both of these will add color to the walls and work well with both the brown and beige. Each color is muted enough that it won’t the space and clear enough so it’s neither drab nor dark.

“Either of these colors gives you a somewhat neutral background so you are not limited when adding accent colors. Orange, red, and navy blue all work in the color palette for your basement.”

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