Creating a cohesive basement


Carlotta Coates wants a unified space in her Silver Spring basement, but columns in the middle of the room are making it difficult. The Coateses are looking for a family room with a space for entertainment and exercise equipment. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
April 24, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Carlotta Coates wants a unified space in her Silver Spring basement, but columns in the middle of the room are making it difficult. The Coateses are looking for a family room with a space for entertainment and exercise equipment.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Christopher Patrick uses the columns as a framework for the entertainment area and creates a workout nook with paint and foam floor tiles.

A fretwork screen is used as a faux wall and an anchor for the sectional. Paint the screen yellow, such as Benjamin Moore’s Golden Thread.

Accordion-style sconces, mounted to two columns, are functional and add a hint of color.


Carla Coates of Silver Spring, Md. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

For a natural element, two petrified wood stumps serve as side tables.

A horizontal stripe pattern helps distinguish the exercise space. Use a light blue, such as Benjamin Moore’s Porcelain Glaze.

Replace the existing white flooring with cozy dark wood tiles.

Foam floor tiles in black complement the dark tones of the new flooring and further differentiate the exercise area.

Paint the walls a neutral beige, such as Benjamin Moore’s Paper Doll.

Patrick, of Christopher Patrick Interiors (202-827-7382, www.christopherpatrickinteriors.com), is based in Washington.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Gilcrest buffet ($1,799) and low Farley bookcase in Terra ($332 each), both from www.ethanallen.com; Charlotte sectional in Benton Sugar, ($3,295, www.mgbwhome.com); recycled rag rug pouf ($249, www.westelm.com); acrylic clear coffee table by Southeastflorida ($320, www.ebay.com); Swedish rounded wood media console in Dry Oak ($919 for 72-by-22-by-32-inch console, www.restorationhardware.com).

Accessories: Cambridge rug ($640 for 8-by-10-foot rug, www.safaviehhome.com); Newport fretwork screen ($260 for 36-by-72-inch screen, www.etsy.com); vintage grain grinder ($499, www.wisteria.com); Going Home print ($200 for each 20-by-20-inch print, www.ugallery.com); accordion wood sconce ($179 each, www.westelm.com).

Flooring: Timber Glen Rustic tile in Espresso ($7.28 per square foot, www.south
cypress.com
); Eco-Soft tile in black (95 cents per square foot, www.rubberflooringinc.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Carter chair in Tuscan leather ($2,595, www.williams-sonoma.com)

Petrified wood stump table ($895 each, www.restorationhardware.com)

. . . OR SAVE

Easton club chair in beige ($720, www.safaviehhome.com).

Nature’s nesting tables ($299 for set of three, www.wisteria.com)

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls.

Tell us about your design challenge. Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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