Before & After: A Boring Family Basement Gets a Modern Makeover

Before & After: A Boring Family Basement Gets a Modern Makeover

Carolyn Purnell
Apr 15, 2015
(Image credit: 6th Street Design School)

This family uses their basement for watching movies, playing, and hanging out together. The space satisfied many of these functions, but with its hodgepodge of furniture, beige walls, and random floorplan, it was less than inspiring. With the help of 6th Street Design School, this bland space was transformed to one with patterned wallpaper, bright colors, ample seating, and function-specific areas.

Bright, poppy, and fun, this space is much more energizing than its original incarnation. The herringbone wallpaper adds a graphic punch that is tempered by solid pieces of furniture, and large-scale art. Bright colors and heavy doses of white keep the room feeling light. The new furniture is cozy and inviting without overwhelming the space.

Now the basement has designated areas for specific tasks. A sectional and large-screen TV make for cozy movie viewings, a large floor area is perfect for playtime, a conversation area centered around a table is perfect for lounging or board games, and a pool area (offscreen) allows plenty of space for active cues.

For more on the planning process, visit 6th Street Design here. Check out more photos of this inspiring makeover and sources for the products 6th Street Design selected here.

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