Adding area rugs to an unfinished basement can make the space feel more comfortable. For best results, take care of excess moisture or leakage in the basement before placing area rugs.
Large throw pillows in the basement can give the area a cozy feeling as well. The pillows also serve as seating if there isn't adequate seating available in the room. Arranging a few throw pillows on each area rug improves the look of an empty basement and gives the impression this area of the home is open for relaxation. Lighting makes a big difference in an unfinished basement as well. Lamps and string lights can replace the uncovered bulbs on the ceiling and give the basement a calm atmosphere. Hiding unsightly aspects of the basement with a colorful fabric or shower curtain makes this area of the home more visually appealing. Appliances, such as the water heater and the washer and dryer, can be covered using curtains. Since there are pipes and air ducts all over the basement ceiling, improving the look of the basement could also be accomplished by painting. A fresh coat of paint on the ceiling can make for a soothing basement atmosphere and is a more affordable option than adding drywall to the ceiling.