In this post: Are you using your basement to its fullest potential? These basement decorating ideas will inspire you to create a gorgeous space for casual entertaining.⇒
Do you ever get a thing in your head you can’t shake?
Lately I’ve got this thing in my head about football Sundays.
Now, truth be told, I don’t even really like football. But I do love socializing and the thought of having a cavernous space to entertain a group of friends in is definitely appealing. This has become my latest obsession.
We’re very blessed to have a full sized basement that extends the length of our house. When we moved in, it was already a finished space and even had a few windows and sliding doors that opened to the back of the house. But apart from a separate room that’s used as a gym, this spacious area was ill defined. It’s large enough to warrant separate zones, yet as a singular space, it needs to be cohesive. It also came with two TVs, the beginnings of a ‘sports bar’ type atmosphere.
This was all well and good for the first few years we lived in the house, when the basement became the place we stored all the unwanted furniture. You know the kind. The club chairs that no longer matched our decor. The old console table that was passed down in the family. A dining table and chairs that didn’t fit in my son’s new apartment. And assorted one-off bar stools, chairs and TV stands. (Why do I even have these? Our televisions are all hung on the wall!)
This space was the antithesis of how I approach home decor. I never keep things that I don’t need or want. They serve no purpose and only become clutter, but we were too busy decorating the rest of the house. So I continued to walk past the mismatched warehouse for unwanted furniture whenever I worked out in the gym, and each and every time vowed to do something about it.
Eventually we finished decorating the main parts of the house (some rooms more than once… ;-)) and finally I turned my attention toward basement decorating ideas. I was absolutely determined to make it a usable completed space. One we would feel comfortable entertaining in. Casual, yes, but a real, proper, stylishly decorated space.
But where to begin?
The answer to that came via a serendipitous opportunity from a wonderful sponsor. I knew I had to approach the room in sections, so I started with the far end and selected two gorgeous sofas from my sponsor, Article. The furniture company offers high-quality original furniture at remarkably low prices, with affordable delivery options and an easy and fair return policy.
But what I really was blown away by was the sleek design, fitting into the vibe I was going for at a fraction of the cost of what I would have spent at a typical furniture retailer. I wanted a transitional classic feel for this space, more modern that the French look found throughout the rest of my house, but not so alien that it couldn’t sit with my favorite decorative pieces. The sofas I chose are the Sitka sofas and they are delightfully comfortable and can accommodate enough people to satisfy my football Sunday dreams.
Of course I went with white, but they do come in other colors, as well. I intended to replace the carpet which had come with the house when we bought it, but as much as I don’t care for it (ok… I hate it ?), it worked with the bold lines and crisp color of the sofas. I opted to save the money on the carpet and apply it to the other furniture pieces. I leaned toward grey wood tones and brass hardware, and I’ll be using the same theme when I get to the other side of the room, as well.
I did have to manage hubby’s expectations a bit, as he thought this would be a typical man cave, but when I pointed out that football Sundays included women, he acquiesced to the fashion books placed around the room.
(No worries, there will also be his favorite signed football jersey hung on the wall soon, along with other sports memorabilia!)
There’s no reason in the world why a basement used for casual entertaining can’t be decorated as nice as the rest of the house. You don’t need a vast space to do so either. All you need is the desire to make it nice, the will to clean out the junk and access to affordable furniture resources.
There will eventually be a section with a bar in the middle and a separate conversation area on the other side of the room, near the second television. (You can check out THIS POST for the general floor plan and more basement decorating ideas developed for this room.)
And if you want to know where I’ll be for the Super Bowl, I can assure you I’ll be flipping through Chanel and Gucci sitting on a plush Sitka couch from Article.
(I will, however, move Tom Ford to make some room for nachos!)
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