I hope you’re all having a great week! With it so uber-hot around here, it leaves me wanting to curl up in a cool and comfy corner. And where would that be? The Basement.
Now, I’m not talking scary-cellar basements. Think luxe, sit-and-stay-awhile basements. I have shown you my basement space here and here, and I’ve been doing some more work to make it mine (ok, who am I kidding, my boys get the most use out of this space). But, it’s coming along.
I blogged about some great color palette ideas from Sherwin Williams that I have been using as a starting point for this space. A refresher…
I have already used Ethereal Mood on the walls going down the stairs to the basement and along my board and batten wall near the bar area (of which I apparently have no recent pictures to share). But here is the stairway…
We have a media area that is great for watching sports (go Reds!) or for cozying up for a family movie night. It’s a separate area, without being completely closed off from the rest of the basement, which I love. I just haven’t been too jazzed by the baby-poo colored walls down there.
So, I’m drawing inspiration from my HGTV color palette, and some great photos that I found
burning hours of time that could be used in other productive ways online.
Since our media space is a big gaming/movie/sports watching area, I decided to take a gamble and go dark. I was originally planning on going with the Sherwin Williams color, Riverway, in the HGTV color palette. But then I pulled out my trusty Aegean Teal (Benjamin Moore) that I just used to paint the back of my bookcases, and decided it was a close enough match to carry that beautiful bold color downstairs.
Here is a sneak peek of my progress so far. Don’t judge – it’s a sneak peek/temporary disaster zone, and it was dark outside. I will say my 13 year-old son gave it a thumbs up, because it’s nice and dark – “perfect for playing video games.” While my goal wasn’t to increase my son’s screen time, I’m happy he likes it.
My only dilemma is that I’m not quite sure how to deal with the area around the big screen. There are all sorts of panels surrounding it (some is for storage, some is just there, with no real purpose), and with the baby-poo color, they kind of blend in, which is nice. But, I don’t think I want to leave it the current color.
What do you think? Do I continue with the basement boldness?