Designer Allie Mann takes advantage of the family’s large budget with custom built-in cabinets and shifts the focal point from the exercise machine to the fireplace.
Mann, of Case Design/Remodeling, (703-289-5719), is based in Falls Church.
Lighten the basement by painting the fireplace and cabinets a cream color, such as
Benjamin Moore’s Mascarpone.
A patterned, upholstered chair softens the look of the family’s existing leather furniture.
For something unexpected, paint the backs of the bookcases a light gray, such as Benjamin Moore’s Eternity.
Built-in cabinets create balance with the fireplace seating while concealing games and electronics.
Center the furniture around the fireplace. It makes a better focal point than the exercise machine.
A porcelain tile with a wood-grain look adds texture and warmth, and is durable and safe for a basement.
Paint the walls a light blue, such as Benjamin Moore’s Constellation.
Furniture: Decor leaf-print upholstered lounge chair ($153, www.overstock.com); Metropolitan oval coffee table in espresso ($399) and Metropolitan side table in espresso ($229), both from www.potterybarn.com.
Arley vase ($25, www.crateandbarrel.com); Essential pillows in Spa Linen ($30 each, www.ballarddesigns.com); chenille throw in Smoke Blue ($32, www.pier1.com); teak tray with handles ($79, www.arhaus.com).
Custom work and hardware: Driftwood tile flooring in Sandwood ($6.30 per square foot, www.architecturalceramics.com); built-in custom cabinets with Country Classic doors (prices vary, www.crystalcabinets.com); Somerset handles ($12.50 each, www.topknobs.com).
SPLURGE . . .
Desert Song rug in Fawn ($1,299 for 8-by-10-foot rug, www.thecompanystore.com).
Bryce table lamp ($212, www.arhaus.com).
. . . OR SAVE
Drake natural shag rug ($594, www.cb2.com).
Clarity smoke table lamp ($100, www.crateandbarrel.com).
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