Asked on May 15, 2017

How do you bring a 1970's day light basement family room into 2017 ?

Michele PappagalloGloria TrinidadMarcia Lazenby
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It is a blank slate there are sliding glass doors on the east end as well and a wood burning fireplace on the north wall as well as double bifold closet and the door entry on that same wall. The south wall has a large window and the west wall is blank and the room feels somewhat long and narrow. I need to do this on a budget.


4 answers
  • Amy Slahetka Strobl
    on May 15, 2017

    I would break it up into a couple different sitting areas, with a game area, or a bar area, so it doesn't look long and narrow. So, maybe by the fireplace, put two chairs facing it. All with same color scheme. Check out things on Pinterest.
    • Gloria Trinidad
      on May 16, 2017

      Thank you, your idea is probably the direction I need to go towards. One of the problems is the fireplace is almost in the center of the wall. I could use some smaller size swivel low back upholstered chairs in front of the fireplace and people could walk behind the chairs where the room is narrow a little narrow because the fireplace has about 1 and 1/2 foot high hearth. Any ideas on color to brighten the space? I'm wondering if a pale yellow could work but would that be hard to find furniture and upholstery to work with it ?
  • Marcia Lazenby
    on May 15, 2017

    well you didn't say what the walls are...but if it's paneling...you can paint it....you can cover it with wallpaper....or you can build shelving units over it....using throw rugs on the floor i agree with above answer ...make designated areas ....sounds like a great area to me...
  • Gloria Trinidad
    on May 16, 2017

    I am lucky all the walls are sheet rock but the double bifold doors are so 70's and the fireplace is gray cinder blocks it goes the ceiling and has a wood storage built into it I am wondering if a wallpaper accent wall on the west end wall would help make it not look so long?
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on May 16, 2017

    For the cinder block fireplace, don't be afraid to paint it or even tile it. You can get tile cheap during sales, or even leftovers on Craigslist since you wouldn't need a large amount. Paint the walls a light color...white, pale yellow, etc....and use some bright pops of color for accents to brighten the space.....pillows, pictures, etc. I agree about breaking the area into separate spaces...a sitting area, reading nook with bookshelves, small table and chairs for games, snacks, etc.
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