'70s Tavern StyleSheri 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 But they have no idea which colors will bring that contemporary feel to their outdated basement.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 The oversized sofas add to the outdated look of the room.
Classic ContemporaryBefore the walls are painted, though, the stippling is scraped off and the walls are primed. For contrast with the dark floors and vibrant walls, the wainscoting is painted cream after the knotty pine is sealed with stain-suppressant primer so that the knots won't show through the paint. Beside the fireplace, the cabinet doors are replaced with new cream doors that match the wainscoting. Next, the shiny brass fireplace insert is painted with heat-resistant black paint.
New neutral beige sofas replace the outdated ones, and blue accents add punches of color. Three pendant lights with blue glass globes add separation between the bar and the rest of the room, and a large mirror behind the bar reflects light in the dark corner. To give the illusion of higher ceilings, sconces (up-lighting) are installed around the room. The final result is a classic contemporary family room with both strong contrast and grounding neutrals.
Did You Know? Orange stimulates conversation and enthusiasm, so it's ideal for a family room and for entertaining.