A few years ago we decided to finish our basement. Unfinished, it served as our kids’ play zone. As they got older we found that our basement ‘romper room’ was turning into ‘teen town’ and the use of space was evolving. The kids were no longer building Lego towers, hover boarding or playing dress up and we knew it was time to create a space to entertain folks of all ages. At the top of our list of “wants” was a home theater, large island to host big parties, game table, full kitchen, laundry closet, full bathroom and a bedroom! At about 1,000 sq ft we didn’t have a ton of ‘open’ space. With a floor concept in hand I was focused on blending together rustic elegance with modern interior to create one unique basement.
Post One of Four
I’ve broken this post into 4 parts. In the first post I am going to share with you the bathroom. The second post is about the bedroom. The third post will highlight the kitchen and game table. And last, the fourth post will share the theater and laundry closet. We are thrilled with the way the basement meets all of our needs and wants. Best of all, our kids love to entertain in this space just as much as we do. Mission accomplished!
Our Basement Bathroom
I love reclaimed barn wood for its warm and welcoming feeling. Mix rustic elegance with modern interiors and you have a unique blend of style. I wanted the basement door to stand out from the others. So, an arched barn door was an easy decision. Plus, it’s so much easier to direct friends to the “arched barn door” when they’re looking for the bathroom. 😉 To enhance the feel of an open floor plan I kept the hallway to the bathroom and bedroom extra wide. Additionally, I ran my hardwoods at a 45 degree angle to keep things interesting. I maximized the space to my bathroom by angling the doorway so that it didn’t feel like we were walking straight into the sink or toilet.
Rustic Elegance and Modern Elements
The modern rectangular ceramic troth sink is a unique statement piece. I chose an open bottom vanity to encourage a spacious feel. This sink is no longer available in a wood base, however, Pottery barn carries it in a chrome base finish that I LOVE! The silver framed mirror came from Pottery barn (similar here) and its elegant frame mixes well with the other decor.
With no windows, therefore, zero natural light, it was best to choose a bright and cheerful paint color. The color is Benjamin Moore’s Canvas (#267) in an eggshell sheen.
I added three reclaimed barn wood shelves for extra storage and a place to display texture, color and items of interest.
My Love For Nature
Whenever I can I like to add a bowl of antler sheds. Some are found in our back woods, some are from our hunts. They are a piece of who we are and I’m in love with the life that each represents. Did you know that deer shed their antlers every single year, then they grow a completely new set? How bout’ that for a restart button!
I chose a 12×12 natural travertine to run the entire length of the bathroom floor and up the walls and seat of the shower. The multi-neutral colors of the travertine further highlighted the natural elements of the reclaimed barn wood and complimented the creamy wall color.
The wall painting is by an amazing artist named Fariad Ali. This specific painting is titled Wolf Mountain. He does an amazing job capturing the moment through each brush stroke. His attention to the infinite detail brings to life each of his paintings. He was most recently highlighted on HGTV’s, Restored. You can check out a sampling of his work here.
I can’t wait to share with you the next three pieces to this four piece post of our basement. Next up: our Basement Bedroom!