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Turn your underground space into a stylish sanctuary with wall art. These wall art ideas for your basement will take your lower level to new heights. Give your space a trendy makeover with our expert basement wall decor ideas.

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Make Use of Every Room

Basement Wall Décor: Shapes

Basement Art: Size Guide

Expert Basement Style Tips

Basement Color Scheme Ideas

More Décor Topics for Inspiration

Make Use of Every Room

An expert designer never wastes any space. Your home is never truly finished until you add a personal touch to every room. Adding art to your basement can take your interior from amateur to pro in the blink of an eye. We’re going to walk you through how to choose the best wall art for your underground area.  

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Basement Wall Décor: Shapes

The first step when choosing basement-friendly artwork is to choose the best shape and layout for your space. Take a look at our selection of canvases below:

Classic and Traditional: The Single-Panel Rectangle or Single-Panel Square

Sleek but Trendy: The Single-Panel Vertical Canvas or the Single-Panel Panoramic Canvas

Balanced but Bold: The Triptych Tri-Panel Canvas or the Symmetrical Five-Panel Canvas

Modern and Statement-Making: The Split Two-Piece Canvas or the Four-Panel “Wave” Canvas

Striking and Original: The 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas Set

Basement Wall Décor: Pro Tips

When hanging your wall art, follow this pro tip from our expert guide to hanging prints the right way:

“Any designer will tell you that the most common mistake homeowners make, is hanging their art too high. Large wall art should be hung at eye level. While it may seem low at first glance, eye-level artwork is a longstanding gallery standard. Guests should not have to crane their necks to look at your prized prints. Your artwork should be in plain view, and blend seamlessly with the rest of your interior. If you’re hanging a piece of art above a sofa, leave no more than 6”-8” in between the top of the couch and the bottom of the print.”

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Basement Art: Size Guide

When choosing a canvas size, follow this handy tip from our ultimate wall art size guide:

Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.

Basement Wall Décor: Pro Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for choosing a wall art style and size:

“Another way to create a bold, artistic statement piece is choosing a subject you have always had interest in, and creating a classic gallery wall. The best part about this technique is the personalized appearance and visible creativity. For example, hang prints of places you want to travel, or create a collage of images in your favorite color. The possibilities are endless.”

Love the gallery wall idea? This excerpt from our size guide will help you out:

Planning a gallery wall above the furniture, or hanging a split canvas? The best size is 52 inches by 32 inches in height and width. Hang canvases in asymmetrical sizes and arrange them in symmetrically to create an eye-catching look on your wall.

Remember, don’t be afraid to go big! Reference this pro tip from our article on how to properly hang wall art:

Sometimes bigger really is better, and that rings true when it comes to large wall art! While you may not want a print to overwhelm your space, homeowners tend to pick pieces that are too small. For example, if you’re hanging a piece of art above a credenza, the canvas should be almost as wide as the piece of furniture itself! A print that is too small can look awkward and misplaced. Whereas a well-proportioned piece of large wall art can transform your space in seconds.

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Expert Basement Style Tips

Interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz suggests abstract art is a foolproof décor option:

“Consider abstract or contemporary art. Whether you want to create a balance of edgy and elegant, or you want to lean into the urban-glam trend, there’s something special about contemporary art. The inherent mystery that lies behind an abstract painting is eye-catching and attention-grabbing.”

Our abstract art collection is full of diverse options for every style. Whether you prefer something vibrant and eye-catching or subtle and understated, you can’t go wrong with contemporary abstract art.

Consider a piece from our Abstract Figure collection, curated by art director Tirzah Goodman. This collection of prints is an understated way to show off your taste for modern art. You can’t go wrong with a line drawing of the human figure. 

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Basement Color Scheme Ideas

Because basements have a naturally neutral base, you can either choose to add contrast or add matching neutral tones.

Gray Basement Ideas

For a modern, monochromatic look, at gray wall art to your basement. This will create an industrial-chic appearance, and it is perfect for homeowners who want something more masculine.

Black and Azure Basement Ideas

While black and blue may have been a design faux-pas in the past, 2021 is all about breaking boundaries and challenging tradition. Combine chic black furniture with bright azure wall art for a striking (albeit sophisticated) look.

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More Décor Topics for Inspiration

Basement wall art is a must for modern interiors. Give your home a brand-new look by paying attention to detail, and not letting any space go to waste. Artwork can elevate your basement without having to commit to a full remodel or renovation. Looking for more interior design topics? Our inspiration blog is full of articles for every room in your home.

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