Sunny Southern Basement

A cold basement gets a sunny Southern makeover with warm, energetic colors.

After: Sunny Retreat

Against the yellow walls, the carpet looks pale and dingy, so it's replaced with a pecan-colored vinyl that looks like real hardwood; this technologically advanced material can be glued directly to the concrete floor, repels moisture (often a concern in basements) and comes in a multitude of colors and wood types. The fireplace is painted a glossy black to create greater impact so that it will become more of a focal point.

Next, one of the couches is cut in half with a power saw to create two chairs. New arms and chocolate brown upholstery complete the recycled chairs. The other couch is reupholstered in a vibrant red fabric for a warm punch of energy. A rug in the fireplace area divides it from the TV area. Graceful Southern accessories complete the warm, sunny design.

Did You Know? Yellow pigment reflects more ambient light, so it often turns out brighter and more intense than it looks on a small paint chip.

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