Speaking of the basement, I painted two walls back in the laundry/utility area with some leftover kitchen paint. I was loving the color, I had extra, and it was, well, gray, down by the washer and dryer. Top things off with my wooden fish that I bought one per year at Festival of the Arts long ago and have never ever hung on the wall and you have an improved space. Someday, I'd like to add some beach photos of my own to the room.
And now that I have fish swimming in the laundry room, this octopus laundry dryer from IKEA makes even more sense! I chose the red, of course.