A finished basement can increase living space and the value of a home, and when planning a finished basement project, it is important to consider design elements that will be in style over the long term. Design elements and materials that were once considered the norm but lost appeal include wood paneling, carpeting, drop ceilings, and direct overhead lighting. Not only can these materials detract from a basements’ appeal over time, but they can lead to health issues as a result of trapped moisture, dust, and other allergens. Additionally, it’s important to consider technology that can make the space more appealing such as electronics, home theaters, surround sound, Bluetooth capabilities, and home automation. Learn about design elements to consider and avoid when finishing a basement.