The basement is the hardest part of the house to decorate, because they are dark and many times damp.
Many home buyers use the basement as a storage unit for anything they do not want seen in the rest of the house. If you only use your basement for a storage space, then you are spending a lot of money on storage.
Every room in your house, including the basement, should be fully lived in, and a home with a basement should be used as a living area. So think about this when you start to decorate the basement. Also basements are the safest place to go, when there are tornado warnings.
Before you start decorate the basement, confirm that the area is dry. Inspect the exterior walls for moisture and make sure that the ground is sloping away from the foundation walls. The next thing you should do is find out whether you need to get a permit for the finish out work.
Basements need alot of light. Keep the walls painted a light color. Recessed lighting is great since you don't want fixtures hanging from a low ceiling.
However you decide to decorate your basement, just be sure that you use your basement for living space. Don't get discouraged, you will actually love this room once you get all the work completed and add some great furniture.