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Dark Basement Becomes A Cozy Family Room

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Our basement was dark and bland, and the layout was strange with no where to put the sofa, without closing the room in. It was not fun to play in for our daughter, and it was a hard room to hang out in with friends. We repainted the room a dusky purple, got a new sofa, and completely got rid of our bookshelves and almost all of our books (we went digital)! A new rug and accessories helped to update the space. A new tv mounted above the fireplace cut down on furniture, leaving more floor space, and I made a coffee table out of repurposed pallets!
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  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Aug 6, 2012

    WHAT?? NO BEFORE PICS??? Joanna you room turned out very nice and the zebra rugs adds interest and pattern in the room. Love your pallet coffee table too!!

  • Joanna
    Joanna Silver Spring, MD
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Thanks! If you click on the links, you can see the before pics...they are just so bad, I hated to put them on here! Ha Ha...

  • Susan S
    Susan S Fredericksburg, VA
    on Aug 6, 2012

    OHHHHHH . . . . but how else can we really appreciate the after. Now that is a BIG difference. It's amazing how removing the bookcases and putting the TV on the wall opened this space up so much. If I could offer one small suggestion - Move the pictures over the sofa down! The rule of thumb in accessorizing is no more than 5 - 7 " above the piece your are accessorizing over. We are not decorating Walls - we are accessorizing furniture. The sofa is like a frame in itself so anything on the wall should not exceed the width of the piece nor should it be so high above that it disconnects. Just trying to be helpful and hope I didn't step on your toes. Your room is gorgeous!!

  • Joanna
    Joanna Silver Spring, MD
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Good idea, Susan, I will do that! Thanks!

  • Kyle G
    Kyle G Middletown, NJ
    on Aug 6, 2012

    Looks great! Glad to see you took a risk with the paint color and rug, but they really work!

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