“It’s time to update my daughter’s old playroom,” wrote Donna Monacci of Fairfax. The Monaccis want quarters fit for a teen queen, with a place for table tennis, darts and cozy conversation. The hitch? Breaking up the 21-by-19 space.
By adding family cheering stations and a cork wall for darts, designer Shanon Munn breathes new life into a dull basement.
Freshen a dull basement with color. Green paint, pink drapes and white wall flowers make the room feel like an outdoor playground.
Build a functional game room. Flor tiles create a dart-throwing lane and pub tables and chairs form a section for family cheering.
Stop damage ahead of time. Protect the dart board’s wall with cork. Then, cover it with patterned wallpaper to disguise the holes.
Give furniture new purpose. A stool can be reinvented as an end table.
Use accessories to tie together patterns and colors. A round throw pillow, patterned stool and colorful dart board keep the decor consistent.
Think outside the box and invest in a transitional statement piece. This chair’s modern design will last through future renovations.
Dress up even small windows. Adding a
mirror will create the illusion of light and depth.
Munn, of Ambi Design Studio (703-597-8401, www.ambidesignstudio.com),
is based in McLean.
Furniture: Director’s chairs in latte ($50)
with plum covers (no longer available) (www.pier1.com); Cafe table ($98, www.target.com); Monarch Butterfly console table ($289, www.grandinroad.com); Cushy Lounge sectional ($1,250 total with base, www.pbteen.com).
Accessories: Parallel Reality Flor carpet tiles in burgundy ($11.99 per tile, www.flor.com); Coco stool in pink ($88, www.serenaandlily.com); Dream Wish Forever organic pillow cover ($29, www.pbteen.com); Nolan 20-inch pillow in jade ($25, www.crateandbarrel.com); crewel striped pillow ($38, www.pbteen.com); Eclipse Kids’ twill thermaweave black-out panel ($20-$30, www.jcpenney.com).
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