One of my wonderful co-workers, Jennifer, just finished mold-testing the basement (get answers here) in her new house she found with As Is Now company. Her husband Jason chose a palette of grays to paint the walls, and she wanted some advice for how to brighten up the space since there is limited natural light — it is a basement after all. One of the grays they are using for the main TV room is Rockport Gray, a rich deep color made by Benjamin Moore.
Such a beautiful tone.
She liked how I integrated variations of aquas and oranges into my living room to give it more impact, so I have created a sample of a room that she can draw inspiration from when she starts to decorate.
1. Sunburst on the Scene Mirror 2. Uttermost Tribute to Rene and Odette Art Set/2 3. DwellStudio Larkin Right Arm Sectional 4. Ethan Allen Areca Palm Tree 5. Turquoise Vintage Overdyed Turkish Rug 6. Nate Berkus Foil Print Decorative Pillow Mumbai Batik Set of 3 Pillows 7. Serena & Lily Amagansett Chair 8. Ethan Allen Tracery Accent Table 9. Crate & Barrel Zak Table Lamp 10. The Basic Coffee Table in Bleached Walnut
Again, most of these things are not in my plastic fork budget, but a girl can dream.
A good way to brighten up a room without always using a bright color is by integrating metallics. They reflect light and add modern elements to a room. Plus I love anything shiny. I like to stick with mostly neutral furniture pieces because they are versatile and can acquiesce with any space you put them in. Things like pillows, rugs and lamps are cheaper items that can be easily exchanged for other ones if you want to make a quick update to your home. A hearty coffee table like this one is perfect for a high-traffic room because it will weather naturally and can withstand kicking your feet up during a good movie.
As a side note, I despise how expensive sectionals are. They are ideal for a movie room or refinished basement like Jennifer’s, but they are so damn pricey. Makes me angry. The one in the above photo is over $5,000 — truly ridiculous. If you are planning on staying in your house for more than seven years, I would recommend getting a sectional that you like and spending the money for what you want. In my case, Wilson and I don’t have $5,000 to spend on a sectional, so when we were looking for one for our loft area we bought this one from IKEA and have been extremely pleased with it. Not that we are planning on moving any time soon, but I prefer to invest in pieces that I know I will have for a long time and that will go in any home I live in, like these chairs I purchased for our living room. Just a thought.
As for purchasing something from IKEA, Wilson and I vowed never to speak of our visit to the local IKEA store as it was an overwhelming and ungodly experience, so Wilson I’m sorry for spilling the beans. I almost fainted when I saw frozen meatballs for sale in the checkout line.
Jennifer I hope this inspires you to construct the basement of your dreams. And don’t forget the metallics.