Blessed with a large basement? Wasting precious square footage by letting your unfinished basement just sit there is not a good idea. With the right design ideas, you can turn the space into just about anything — be it a second living room, a home office, a basement kitchen, a home theater, a man cave, a guest room, a game room, or a beautiful basement family room. 

In this blog, our expert architect gives you a great basement family room design that’s sure to become your favorite part of the house.

This family recreational room will transform your basement into a warm and welcoming area for your family and friends to enjoy.

Moreover, such a basement idea will not only add to your living space but will also increase the value of your home. 

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Family recreational room floor plan

basement family room blueprint
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

The basement family room is rectangular and includes a study area, wall storage, a wet bar, and a round gaming table with a 3.12 ft diameter. It’s adjacent to the basement guest bedroom and a semi-buried terrace. 

Dimensions: 25.26ft x 15.91ft x 9.84ft x 9.68

Total area: 495.73ft²

The room is accessed from the bar area — with a barn-style door opening to the hallway where the staircase is located 9.84ft from the main level. 

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Side cut view of the Family Recreation Room - right
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez
Side cut view of the Family Recreation Room- left

Basement family room design

This multipurpose area for the entire family takes maximum advantage of the integrated spaces as it’s designed without wall separations or doors. Therefore, it visually maintains an openness, a continuity. Such an interior design allows for varied activities without compromising on the aesthetics of the space.

The architect has designed a built-in desk and storage unit in the middle of the space that can be used as a study area for the children or an additional home office. There’s also a game table in the center and a chest of drawers or consoles with a round mirror on the other side of the room. Good storage allows you to serve and store utensils as well as snacks during a family gathering without making to-and-fro trips to the main floor.

The room decor

Front view from the bar towards the fireplace
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

Front view from the bar towards the fireplace.

The basement family room is furnished with comfortable furniture such as armchairs, sofas, and puffs, a fireplace, and a built-in storage unit for audiovisual equipment, books, or toys. This family area has enough space for everyone and every activity.

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Our architect recommends coloring the walls and ceiling in white color, along with a neutral wallpaper in a geometric pattern, to visually enhance the look of the room — making it appear brighter and bigger. 

The wood floor, in medium tones, has a herringbone pattern that extends throughout the floor except in the basement bathroom.

Vista frontal desde la chimenea hacia el bar
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

Front view from the fireplace towards the bar

The lighting

6. Detailed view of the fireplace and bottom storage
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

There’s a good placement of LED lights on the ceilings to add to the brightness. And, indirect lighting to enhance the open shelving.  

Natural lighting is achieved through a window (8.69ft wide and 4.92ft high), located on the sidewall leading to the open deck area.

The whole idea behind this kind of basement lighting is to give out a relaxed vibe to the space — without using hanging lamps or other light fixtures that may clutter the area.

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Fireplace and storage

The fireplace (4.59ft wide and 2.30ft deep) stands out with its modern design and simple lines. 

The electric fireplace visually divides this part of the room into two parts — each side having open shelves as well as closed cabinets at the bottom. The base cabinets on the left are 1.48ft wide, 2.46ft high, and 1.97ft deep while those on the right side are 1.67ft wide and 2.33ft high). 

Notice how the architect has made use of dark wood and gold hardware to give the space a neat, modern look.

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Detailed view of the study area
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

Study area

The desk area (13.94ft x 1.97ft) and its surrounding storage can be used to keep electronic devices such as computers or flat-screen television for a movie night or a video game. And the 1.08ft tall shelves for books, decorative items, as well as indoor plants. There’s also a floor-to-ceiling closed cabinet with a width of 1.97ft to keep items that are more utilitarian than decorative. It’s interesting to see how the architect has combined different types of storage to utilize every inch of this corner. 

The living/family room area

This sitting area has furniture in soft earthy colors such as beige, cream, and soft brown. See how the color scheme beautifully complements the wood accents as well as the gray carpet. There’s some pop of color in this part of the room — as seen in the turquoise armchairs, the wall art, and the plants. The idea is to harmonize the room with the decorative elements and plants, without using too much contrast.

The square-shaped coffee table (3.28ft x 3.28ft) beautifully combines black glass and light wood for a unique look.

Detailed view of the materials of the family room furniture
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

Family room furniture

Comfortable detail view of the living room
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

There’s an interesting console in light wood with a geometric design in green that looks perfect for this corner. Its gold metal legs match the gold of the round mirror above it. The console creates a nice transition space between the bar and the entertainment areas.

The basement bar

View of the Bar from the hall
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

The bar consists of a floor to ceiling green built-in bar cabinet (9.02ft x 1.97ft), a glass shelf, three wooden bar stools, a black sink with a gold faucet (1.80ft x 1.21ft), and a granite countertop (5.09ft x 1.97ft) to prepare the drinks. Each element in this area adds a touch of elegance.

Front view of the built-in bar cabinet
By in-house architect Edna Ramírez

The bar cabinet conveniently houses a microwave (1.54ft), two 0.39ft drawers, a dishwasher (2.33ft), and two refrigerators — one for the wines (2.30ft) and the other for the drinks and snacks (2.30ft).

And then, there are the beautifully arranged bottles, glasses, and goblets on the gold wine rack. It’s almost like a wine cellar! This way, it’s easier to keep things neat and organized. 

You can see the entrance/exit from the hallway. The barn doors are to the basement laundry room and bathroom, and the basement home office respectively.

Last thoughts

Unfinished basement space is like a blank canvas — providing you with endless possibilities. It’s up to you to utilize the area in the best way when finishing a basement. We hope this modern basement family room design that our architect has curated for you will complement your home beautifully. 

We can already picture the older members of your family sitting in front of the fireplace, your family dog sprawled on the area rug, and the children busy at a board game! So, go ahead and get inspired for your next basement renovation. 

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Beautiful basement family room designed by our architect was last modified: April 4th, 2023 by Ramona Sinha
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I like these ideas but they are more to spend time with friends, maybe not so much to spend time with my children. I still love them