As I’ve been thinking about the basement family room, I’ve had this image sitting on my desk. It was on the cover of a Serena & Lily catalog I received in the mail and it immediately became my loose inspiration for the family room, which already had blue and brown elements. This was important because I want to work with the big pieces that are staying in the room – the built-in cabinets around the TV, the gray corduroy sectional sofa, and the cream, blue, and brown wool rug. This room hit all of those notes and provided a good visual for me to use just as a jumping-off point.
After playing with fabric and brushing out some paint samples, here is what I put together for the design of the room…
As you can see, it’s lots of neutrals, a soft blue/green/gray, and punches of indigo. I want to use lots of textures and patterns to give it an eclectic feel.
Top to bottom: Blue Gray, Pigeon, Stone Blue, and Oval Room Blue.
Almost immediately, I knew which one I liked the best…
If you guessed Oval Room Blue (on the bottom), you are right!
The green undertones of Oval Room Blue work well with the red-ish brown cabinetry (since red and green are complementary colors.) This pairing seemed more cohesive and intentional than the others.
For the fabrics, I decided to go with lightweight cotton indigo for the curtains. Indigo blue is a nice pairing with Oval Room Blue without being too matchy-matchy. I purchase fabric for $10/yard from THIS SELLER on Etsy. I might not have bought it sight-unseen except my friend Amy used a similar fabric from the same shop as curtains in her home and they look amazing.
This is a picture of the curtains in her room. Man, she always blows me away with how she pairs things. (As a side note, Amy is a dealer and designer at the Lucketts Store, so we used to work together. She also used to buy furniture from me when I first started out and I still consider it one of my “big breaks!”)
This is the fabric I purchased, but I bought all 20 available yards of it!
I am going to make functional curtains for the sliding door, so we can get rid of the vertical blinds, and dummy panels to flank the large window. That window is covered with plantation shutters, so we don’t need the curtains to be functional.
To put together a design board, I took pictures of the rug, sofa fabric, and cabinetry on my phone and then printed them. The colors in the printed pictures are a bit more muted than they are in real life, but it still gives me an idea of how things will work together.
In the photo above, the paint sample looks very green, but when I peer over my desk at the grouping, currently spread out on the floor, it looks blue. So…I’m not sure what that’s about!
I’m waiting to purchase any additional fabrics, specifically a brown check. I want to see how the paint and indigo curtains look together in person before I make other purchases.
On my to-do list for the family room so far is…
- install chair rail
- paint the walls
- paint the trim, doors, wet bar cabinetry, fireplace surround, and banister
- sew curtains
- sew covers for a couple of square poufs
- refinish an empire dresser
- make slipcovers for two wing chairs we’re moving into the family room from the playroom
- buy a table to fit behind the sofa to create an area for puzzles, games, etc.
- paint a piece for over the dresser or fireplace (maybe)
- sew pillows
- hang art
- change out the cabinet hardware
On top of that, we need to do lots of cleaning out and organizing so we can turn the playroom into an exercise room. It can still be a place to play, but we’re going to thin out the toys and move the weights, weight bench, and treadmill into that room. The boys will be in 8th and 9th grades this coming school year, so the days of setting up battles in the basement are winding down. We’ve already started working on it together, doing a little bit each day, and we’re making good progress.
We also built and installed an 8′ x 8′ climbing wall in the family room last summer that we’ll be taking down. It was one of those ideas that came out of quarantine and the boys’ climbing gym being closed for a few months. Now that the gym is open again, they don’t ever use it. In hindsight, I don’t know if it was a great idea, but we had good intentions when we built it! So, we’ll remove that before we paint, too.
This basement makeover has been on my list for a while, but there have always been projects that are a higher priority. The basement is our hangout place. It’s where the boys have sleepovers and where we have movie nights. I want to make sure we retain that casual, comfortable feeling while making it look more like ours.