My basement guest room is really the smallest room in my home. In truth, I didn’t really need this guest bedroom. We already have a guest suit on my second level with all of our other bedrooms. Click here to see my post on my post 5 Star Guest Suit Essentials. However, since I was adding a full kitchen and bathroom to my basement design I figured an additional guest bedroom in the basement would make the entire basement a great place for any extended-stay guests. And… you all know how Mike and I love when we have visitors. It’s like running a bed and breakfast without committing to “another” full-time job. LOL
Our Basement Bedroom
This bedroom is just a little smaller than an average size guest bedroom. There is no natural lighting in here, so it was important to keep things light and open. Sizing in at just 11×12, it hosts a twin bed with a pull out trundle that I tucked into the corner to maximize floor space. This gives the kids a quiet place to play board games or just hang out away from the rest of the party crew that fills the basement. I have the dresser drawers filled with all types of board games. The best part of this bedroom is its giant walk-in closet, which isn’t pictured. We use this to store all of our outdoor cushions during the winter, and believe me…we have a ton.
The little nightstand next to the bed is really a side table with a mirrored top. I love it’s narrow dimensions, it’s rustic iron elements and its long elegant legs. The bed is from Ethan Allen and was my son’s first big-boy bed at the age of 1.5 years old. The dresser is also Ethan Allen and was from my childhood set. I sanded it down and whitewashed it with an Annie Sloan chalk paint. In addition, I switched out the old pulls for the Pottery Barn Classic pulls in satin nickel.
Most every client I have ever worked with seems to have the same problem as everyone else. They have a boat load of pictures that they want to display and they don’t know how to go about doing it. A gallery wall, of course. In this case, I wanted to display some of my kids’ art work. I tried to pick the “wall-worthy”ones! It was a hard decision because they are all Picasso’s. Ha! Really, my biggest problem was making sure that each child was equally represented. *Note: there is nothing worse than the wrath of a child who feels slided.*
Sorry, without any natural light I was having a difficult time adjusting the camera for a better representation of the gallery. Once I decided on which pieces made the final cut I was able to determine the size of frames I needed. I wanted the frames to be just as interesting as the art pieces. This is an art gallery, after all, right?
All Frames Are Not Created Equal
There is a fine line when it comes to mixing up your elements. You have to be careful not to overwhelm the actual item in which you are trying to display. If all your frames are too heavy then you risk the eye falling to the weight of the frames and not to the art work itself. On the other hand however, if you choose to keep all of your frames low profile you can then you risk your art working looking lost on the wall. I actually like a low profile display and there are many examples out there to follow. In this case I chose a balance between chunky frames and thin, low profile frames. I also mixed up my elements. Some frames are wood while others are metal. The key to this is in making sure that each frame compliments the other, and together as a whole they complement one complete look.
I also added flair to the gallery by hanging my artwork at an angle. This generated the feeling of movement that appears to be shooting out from the corner to the center of the room. Had I placed my art work in the typical rectangle fashion it would have “bulked up” the room and weighted down the center. Since the room is small and I am trying to create the feel of extra space, starting my gallery off to the side worked best. It also created a really cool visual interest.
Stay tuned for party 3 of 4 on my basement design and decor. Next up is my basement and game table.