I’m super excited to be sharing my rustic yet elegant basement bar and game room design with you today. When we were designing our basement we had a long list of wants and only a smidge over 1,000 square feet to fit it all. In total, we fit a full bathroom, bedroom, giant walk-in closet, full kitchen, bar (seating 10), game table, enclosed theater, and a laundry closet. Phew…it was a lot to squeeze in, but we made it work!
Post Three of Four
If you didn’t read the first two of my four-piece post then click here for Rustic Elegance Basement Bathroom and Basement Guest Room & Displaying My Kids’ Art Work.
Mike and I like reclaimed barn wood for its warm and welcoming feeling. I personally love to mix rustic elegance with modern interiors for a unique blend of style. We wanted this space to be as “entertainer friendly” as possible and seating for large groups was a must! Check out below to see how we made it all happen:
The Barn Wood’s Story
The barn wood was purchased from a company who is on a mission to “rescue” antiqued wood from dilapidated structures that are over 100 years old. I truly love the idea that our barn wood has a story dating back to over a couple hundred years when it was once just a seedling. There is nothing quite as unique as the character of old barn wood. Each piece gives small clues to its past journey.
The wall planks run vertical to encourage the idea of height. The planks that wrap my bar run horizontal for visual contrast. I flanked the sink and bar TV with two large Pottery Barn Eagan mirrors for illumination and symmetry.
Lighting & Seating for 10
The lighting over the pool table is one of my favorites, and sadly, is no longer available. It’s outer shell is a weathered light gray metal patina and the inside is mirrored and comprised of brass lightbulb fittings. 6 leather counter- height bar stools surround the kitchen island and there is seating for 4 more on the other side of the game table.
Although this pool table takes up a large amount of space, it has provided us with great entertainment over the years. Every now and then, to keep things fresh and fun, we bring out our ping pong table, which sits nicely over the pool table.
This picture doesn’t just show off the ping pong table, it also gives you a shot into our semi-enclosed theater. Those half barn doors open up to the theater, which hosts a 126″ theater screen, allowing everyone at the kitchen bar to be a part of the theater experience. The reclaimed barn wood door to the right leads to storage. I just wanted to have an extra little something fun to look at! 😉
This is just a little sneak peak into Friday’s full theater post. The theater bar seats 4 at bar height and allows guests to take part in the best of both worlds. Here they can watch a movie or hang out at the game table. Take a look at the underbelly of the game table lighting. I love the mirrors!!!
At the end of the hallway is that gorgeous arched bathroom barn door that I talk about in my post Rustic Elegance Basement Bathroom. It is probably my most favorite feature in the entire basement. However, I’m sure my husband would argue that the greatest feature is the clear cube ice maker by Whirlpool. This picture also highlights the rounded wall that divides the kitchen bar and bedroom. The rounded wall gives a much better flow to this space when coming down the stairs from the main level to the basement.
I can’t wait to share with you my final post on our basement design, Rustic Elegance Basement Theater.