Chic Downtown Basement

Can the right colors turn a dated suburban basement into a chic contemporary den? A young couple choose strong contrasting colors and grounding neutrals for a classic makeover.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWith wood everywhere, a huge brick fireplace, and a dark corner bar, this room feels more like a tavern than a family room.
Sheri and Steve are former city dwellers who moved to the suburbs to start a family. They want to update and urbanize their country-feeling basement to better reflect their young personalities. Even though they live in the ‘burbs, they want a space where they can entertain their chic downtown friends. But they have no idea which colors will bring that contemporary feel to their outdated basement.

The dark wood floor, the amber pine wainscoting, the wood mantle and the wood bar are mismatched and overbearing. In stark contrast to the dark woods, the walls are white and stippled. The oversized sofas add to the outdated look of the room.