Modern Family Basement Planning

Covey Residence | March 3, 2015

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A couple of months ago Erin and I embarked on a really fun project.  Our client wanted help with her basement.  She is the nicest wife ever and basically turned all the planning and approving over to her husband.  This was basically going to be his space to play pool, watch movies and hang out with his kids.  It was all about creating a super fun environment for the family to spend time together.  So we got to work! 
This was the status of the room when we went out.  

It was basically a catch all for unused furniture, exercise equipment and random toys.  We decided to keep the t.v. area in the same spot and source a fun sectional. Behind the sectional we wanted to do a seating area for kids to play games or just lounge.  On the other side of the basement we wanted to do a pool table.
Our biggest problem with the space is that it is super long and felt a little disjointed.  We wanted to do wallpaper on one of the walls to create some wow factor but we couldn’t decide which wall! So we decided to do the whole thing.  We were really excited about it but I think we were all a little nervous too. We love wallpaper but an entire basement can be a little much.  We knew we’d have to balance it out with lots of white, solid colors and clean lines.  
We went with this wallpaper:
This was the initial board we sent over. 
When it came to the sectional we didn’t even think twice.  We went with the Henry sectional from West Elm. 
We did it in their performance velvet in Ink Blue so it would be easy to clean with all her kiddos.  To mix up the texture we wanted to do a grouping of leather ottomans.  These were some of the options we gave in our initial plan. 

Behind the sectional we had some dead space.  We decided to do a fun seating area for playing cards or just lounging.  We liked these two:

We ended up going with the leather. 
In the middle of the chairs we wanted a fun coffee table.  We sent these options:
In the end our client’s chose the Apis.  We also liked how the wood top played off the leather.  
In the far corner of the room there was a nook that we wanted to put a pool table in.  Our clients had a table already but we wanted to snazz it up with some cool light fixtures above it.  We loved these ones! 
We had also sourced these choices :
One of our biggest challenges with a room FULL of patterned wallpaper was to balance it out with lots of solid colors.  That is part of the reason we chose a white rug, white curtains, a solid blue sofa  and white chairs.  We also knew that we would need some big art on the pool table walls to break up all the pattern.  We had made some significant splurges in the space so we needed to be careful with the art.  We had made art out of a shower curtain before and we decided to do it again! 
We went with this fun Astronaut piece.  
When we went out to check on the progress of the basement we decided we’d need a rug in the seating area.  As I said before we wanted to break up all the pattern by bringing in lots of white whenever we could so we chose a great shag rug. 
If you follow us on instagram (@houseofjadeinteriors) you saw a little peek into the project. And stay tuned tomorrow for the reveal!