A beautiful finished basement is a must when I buy my dream home. For me, the basement has always been the entertainment space, and it’s all about casual fun. Here, you can load up the on games (think poker and pool tables), and kick back and relax. At my house growing up, the basement was the kid zone. If I am blessed enough to have children one day, the basement is the perfect place to put a play room. It’s also a great space to watch movies! Basements in older homes also often house the laundry machines, and so creating a space I love will help with this burdensome chore. The best part of the basement is that because it’s separated from the rest of the home, you can simply shut the door and entertain you guests on the main floor when the kids make a mess.
In other words, a basement is the one place in the house that can handle a plethora of different demands.
On an episode of “Sarah 101” on HGTV Canada (my favourite show), talented designer Sarah Richardson does a particularly good job of creating a beautiful multifunctional basement.
The basement is an area that you can be a bit more adventurous with colour, but just be sure to keep the overall colour scheme light, since natural light in the basement is at a minimum. Sarah uses a neutral pallet with pops of daring but tastefully chosen reds. The curtained off nook seen in the picture above separates the childrens’ play area from the adult entertainment space. Such a neat idea since the curtains can be pulled across to hide the mess or be used for putting on plays!
A close up on the kids area. Sarah uses kitchen cabinetry throughout the basement for storage, since it can be easily customized to accommodate low and awkward ceiling heights (caused by bulkheads). ps. How cute is that turtle stool!?
Perhaps my favourite idea from the whole episode is using full length drapes on those tiny little windows that are the trademark of any basement. It helps make the space seem more main floor, gives the illusion of larger windows, and is another opportunity to add texture, pattern, colour, and personality!
See more photos of the basement here!
(I do not own the rights to any of these photos)