Opinions needed on my basement!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Jencleg, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    We are finishing in a room in our basement. We scored some white bead board paneling for dirt cheap [​IMG] and we are going to put down carpet. Originally we were going to do a Bulldogs (husband's a GA fan) theme and have the ceiling, (exposed flooor beams, duct work & ect) painted black, the white walls and a dark gray carpet. Throw in some red & black furniture and finish it off with some awesome GA pics we have here at work. Fast Forward............

    We just sold the GA pics and I cannot find them any where else to replace them for what I would have paid for them, so now I am rethinking the whole scheme. I am now leaning toward painting the ceiling a dark, rich brown color with the white walls and installing an shag carpet with a dark brown & beige shag....I was just thinking we could match furniture & accessories with brown earthy tones for cheaper than the whole specialty room thing?

    Any one have any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    water proof, water proof and more water proof.

    as an old UGA grad, I approve both color schemes.
  3. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    Brown chair rail.
  4. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Quote:Thank you!! I will pass it along to my husband!!
  5. Jencleg

    Jencleg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Quote:Ohhh! I didnt think of a chair rail! That would be awesome!! Thank you!!
  6. Baymule

    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    Never had a basement
  7. maple

    maple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Well, depending on the event if you ever plan to sell neutral colors are the way to go.

    Also, know that white bead board can also be painted a different shade if you prefer. Not knowing your style or taste, it's hard to put in any imput.

    The room being decorated as a theme would be something only you can decide...as in the sport theme scenario. It sounds kinda cool but it's entirely up to you. It sounds more modern and bright and vivid and have clean lines...

    ...where as the other look you are describing has a warmer softer look with the shag rug. I just bought a new home and the living room carpet is brown shag and I do like it.

    I'd be careful painting the ceiling a dark color in the basement as you will get a cave feeling as the room will feel like it is closing in on you...so they say on all the decorating shows. Are the ceilings high? Because mine are not. Leaving the duct work and pipes exposed is very industrial feeling so I don't know where or how you plan on going with it but there are some great ideas out there to work with.

    How big is the room you are working with?

    I will go look for ideas to post if you don't mind...on things I've seen on tv and such. And I'm taking it there are no basement windows in this room? Is the laundry room a seperate room so this is not to be a multipurpose room. Is this going to be a rec room or a guest bedroom?
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
  8. maple

    maple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    I was looking at this carpet for my basement because of certain things like kids and pets and you can always replace a square if you need to.

    Comes in an assortment of textures, designs, and colors and prices of course...and ways to assemble the blocks can be of your choosing how you arrange them if you stay the same color or alternate colors...


    You'll need two of these wall sconces next to your ? couch?


    Position these lights over your entertainment center and at art work on the wall.

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_353277-5302..._?page=2&Ns=p_product_price|0&facetInfo=allen + roth

    Place a couple of these pendant lights over wet bar or game table or the sides of a bed, depending on what the rooms purpose is...

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_351053-1811..._?page=2&Ns=p_product_price|0&facetInfo=allen + roth#BVRRWidgetID

    Look at your outlet stores for furniture on the cheap and be creative...there's a Jcpenny outlet store by here and I found this on the web...could be used for a gaming table...also hit your garage sales, flea markets, and salvation army and goodwill stores...and if your hubby is handy...then he could possibly assemble or modify a peice to accomodate your needs.


    He could repaint a dresser if it's going to be made in to a guest room...or perhaps you find a cool one that would be handy to use as a tv stand and then the drawers could house the movies and games for storage. Maybe an old hutch could be made into a bar and house your wine and glasses and beer steins...? if you're into that. Peices of mirror could go behind the hutch doors to reflect the glasses and make it look pretty...if it's a hutch like this type.


    and in the middle part of the hutch you could apply some glass tiles... like this:


    or this:


    and make sure you place some lighting pointing on the hutch to light it up... up lighting could be behind a plant or on the corners of the entertainment center to make the room seem a little more dramatic or dimensional.

    ..speaking of a chair rail...you could do that and what design shows often show is painting the bottom half of the wall a different color or shade from the top half... a brown chair rail smack dab in the midst of a white beaded wall board would be stark in my opinion but say you painted...depending on the direction you were wanting to go....if you did something like

    a pewter colored carpet... http://www.flor.com/power-nap-pewter.html

    then made the lower wall including the chair rail a charcoal grey and a lighter grey on top.

    Then you could find whatever furniture...if it was a drab color sofa you could always get one of those couch covers...they come in red and such...and then find some black and grey pillows to tie it in.

    Or you could go with something like with the gunsmoke and bring in blues or sages... http://www.flor.com/lacebark-gunsmoke.html

    like the one called expresso too, again depending on what direction you all want to go... there's so many options...


    I'm not sure I'd paint the duct work and floor beams...of course, I don't know what they look like but many people leave those things as is and decorate around it, tying it to the general feeling of a room...but then again I've been to a restaurant that is bright and cheery and everything is painted bright yellow, reds, blues, and oranges and they have lots of the glass pendant lights of many assorted colors and that looks cool too.

    What ever you decide...make sure to have fun.

    <ok, I spent time having fun with this. Can you tell me and my mother watch a lot of decorating shows together? Now you see where I get it from. She's always bringing over all these decorating magazines and we're always talking about ways to do our homes.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2011
  9. maple

    maple Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    One of the people that my mom and I LOVE is Sarah Richardson...she has a show called Sarah's House and another show called Design Inc.


    You will see the inspiration of the glass tiles and the glasses behind clear glass doors derived from her summer cottage...it's pic #10 if the link takes you to the beginning. I love love love her ideas.

    You can also see how she brings in old things...like the old beaten up painted blue boards around the breakfast bar and incorporates them into a new remodeling process. I absolutely heart her...and she's always reclaiming and repurposing old things and giving them new life...benches, tables, vanitys, chairs getting recovered....all sorts of things.
  10. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Quote:And if you think it might not be water proof, rethink the carpet. My parent's house had a full basement that stayed dry for years. All us kids had a bedroom down there.

    After a long drought there was a big rain and it flooded like you wouldn't believe. I think it was similar to watering a flower pot that has gotten too dry and the water runs out the bottom without soaking the dirt.

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