Warm, Relaxing Family Room

A cold, white basement is transformed into a warm, relaxing family room with a theater feel.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe basement is transformed into a colorful and inviting home theater.
Glen and Carolyn choose orange for the wall color and compromise on a warm, dark shade. Darker colors are cozy and intimate, which is appropriate for a family room. To accentuate the fireplace, the narrow wall is covered with golden brown, pretzel-colored, stacked-stone slabs that have a lot of color variations, including orange tones. A multi-hued brown carpeting with charcoal gray border reinforces the colors of the stonework.

Because the room is so large and sound tends to echo, custom-built sound baffles are hung on two of the walls to absorb sound from the TV. They are made of plywood squares, topped with foam and cotton batting, and covered with orange cotton fabric. Heavy theater-style drapes in a darker shade of orange are also hung. The couple chooses chocolate brown for the upholstered chair to blend with their saddle brown sectional sofa. And the vintage red movie seats complete the home theater decor.

Did You Know? Orange encourages positive emotions. It's also the only color that is always warm, never cool.

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