Posted on 08/23/2013
Making a finished basement into a place where all members of the family will find something to do starts with deciding how the room will be used. A basement family room may provide relaxation for adults, but children will want a play area and budding teen musicians need a place to practice.
When HGTV designer Candace Olson took on such a project, she began by dividing a finished basement into separate zones for relaxation, music and a wet bar.
"By creating different zones for different needs, adding furniture and flooring, and topping it off with vibrant accents and details, this basement got an injection of style the whole family can enjoy," she told the design channel."
Between entertaining visitors and family activities, upholstered furniture can take a beating when it's used all the time. Using slipcovers gives the upholstery a rest and adds a different look to the room.
"Dark upholstery pieces that create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the winter months may seem a bit too warm for spring and summer. [The solution is] white slipcovers, which can create a cool haven for those hot, humid days," interior designer Shari Hiller, co-author of Real Decorating for Real People, told HGTV.
Having enough light and heat in a basement room is another practical consideration. Installing electric in floor heating is an energy-efficient solution that generates radiant heat throughout the space. It also allows homeowners to arrange furniture freely without blocking air ducts, which aren't needed for heated floors.
Since basement windows are often smaller than those at street level, a window treatment should be chosen to maximize the natural light available during the day and to provide privacy at night. For a ground-level basement with sliding glass doors leading to the outside, or a basement with large windows, vertical blinds can be adjusted to allow different amounts of light into the room.
Room for Hobbies
A finished basement can provide plenty of space for hobbyists to indulge their special interests, whether they're model trains, woodworking or arts and crafts.
According to HandyDirectory.com, one of the benefits of installing a crafts center or a layout for a train in the basement is the amount of space available. Shelving can be installed for storing supplies and tools, and a work area can be spread out.
Once the practical needs of the hobby room are met, comfortable seating should be available for both the hobbyist and visitors. Accessorizing can revolve around the hobby.
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