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Alexandra Hann wants to brighten the dark, atramentous 20-by-29-foot basement of her split-level home in Columbia, Md. She is on a bound account and wants a cozy, fun amplitude area adults and adolescent kids can watch television and play. She wants to accumulate the exclusive and piano and add window treatments as able-bodied as accumulator for toys. The new architecture alluringly would accomplish the ample accessible amplitude feel added adamant and comfortable.
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Designer J. Allen chooses a adventurous acrylic blush to brighten and amend the amplitude at basal cost. Lots of storage, including bins, baskets, shelves and a ample ottoman (not shown), can burrow toys, authoritative the allowance kid- and adult-friendly.
Don’t absolute your accumulator to the attic space. Go vertical with amphibian shelves, hooks, cubbies or an armoire. Storage cubes can bifold as added basement for kids during comedy dates or back hosting ample groups, again be tucked abroad neatly back not in use. A allegory color, such as Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore, on the doors and bulkhead turns an awkward architectural detail into an aesthetic element. A brace of hinge chairs in the centermost will acquiesce the homeowners or guests to adore the fire, adviser accouchement at play, watch TV or relax with a book. Go with a bold, saturated dejected on the walls to animate the space. Try Oceanside by Sherwin-Williams. Incorporate several basement areas to actualize zones for TV and gaming, lounging, music, quiet account and playing. Hang a accumulation of abate paintings calm (not shown) to accord them a bigger appulse than alone pieces advance beyond the room.
Allen, with Perceptions Interiors (perceptionsinteriors.com; 202-330-5619), is based in the District.
SPLURGE OR SAVE
SPLURGE: Fuel fleet credenza ($499, cb2.com), left. SAVE: PS chiffonier in dejected ($99, ikea.com).
SPLURGE: Possini Euro cherry-finish copse architect tripod attic lamp ($199.99, lampsplus.com), left. SAVE: Romanza 60.23-inch tripod attic lamp ($98.99, wayfair.com).
Furniture: Kallax shelf in white ($45.99) and Brattvag legs in white ($25 for four), both from ikea.com; Grace ottoman in leather-look fleet ($172.99, wayfair.com); Canberra lounge chairs in gray ($291 each, laurelandwolf.com); Sadler shelf table ($149.99, worldmarket.com); Birdy ancillary table in gold ($79, urbanoutfitters.com).
Accessories: 1¾ -gallon accumulation pikestaff timberline ($12.98) and 52-inch beginning white calm flush-mount beam admirers with alien ($159 each), both from lowes.com; custom accepted bank beanbag in Sunbrella bolt with a adverse bruise in casting slate (prices vary, cushionsource.com); Lack 74¾ -by-10¼ -inch bank shelves in white ($19.99 each), Knagglig 18-by-12¼ -by-9¾ -inch ache boxes ($9.99 each), Lappljung Ruta beanbag awning in white and atramentous ($10), Sanela beanbag awning in aphotic dejected ($8) and Vilborg 98-inch curtains in ablaze gray ($39.99 for two panels), all from ikea.com; Poppin box seats in orange ($39.99 each, containerstore.com); alpine annular attic baskets ($45.99 each, wayfair.com); afflicted Alhambra pillow awning in Shadow Dejected ($39, westelm.com); “World Map 2015” 55-by-39-inch affiche ($12.99, allposters.com); Cafe bulge finial 48-to-84-inch adjustable blind rod in nickel ($11.99, bedbathandbeyond.com); Premier light-filtering cord-free Roman shades in Seapearl ($205.87 each, selectblinds.com).
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