I am super excited to share our rustic and elegant basement home theater with you. This is the last piece in this 4-piece post. If you didn’t get a chance to read the first three posts, Rustic Elegance Basement Bathroom, Basement bedroom and Kids’ Art Gallery, and Rustic & Elegant Kitchen Bar and Game Room then click on over to get caught up!
Our Basement’s Main Entertainment Area
To refresh your memory, we designed our basement to host a full bathroom, bedroom, large theater, and a full kitchen with a bar large enough to seat a minimum of 10 very comfortably. We included a gaming table for additional entertainment…because our winters here can lock us indoors for what seems like months. Our goal was to create a space that was appealing to “kids” of all ages! 😉
I added a bar height counter that divides the theater from the game room. The bar comfortably seats 4 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.
When we want to close-off the game room from the theater we just shut those beautiful barn doors. Kids want to watch a movie and adults want to watch football??? No problem! There have been many nights where the kids spend time watching a movie in the enclosed theater while the adults watch TV at the bar. The flexibility of the open or enclosed theater doors makes it possible for everyone to enjoy this space at the same time. Additionally, we double insulated the barn doors and the interior walls for better sound proofing.
Our Home Theater
Nothing is better than snuggling up in a cozy dark theater. To optimize the viewer’s experience, we went with a really dark blueish black paint color by Benjamin Moore called Witching Hour. I’m not an expert in any way, but I believe the darker the theater the better the image. Our dark walls (and equally dark carpet) were strategically selected to improve the quality of the picture and eliminate light reflection from the projected image.
This really large leather sectional, manufactured by Bradington-Young, easily seats 8. The upholstered ottomans are from LoveSac. They serve as extra seating or just a place to put up your feet. When my kids host sleepovers the sofa and ottomans turn into one giant bed. Win-win for everyone!
One of my most favorite features of our theater are the large decorative reclaimed timbers in which I ran my lighting through. I love how the intense grain adds texture and the rich patina adds beautiful color.
The last little piece to this post that I really want to share with you is our basement laundry room closet. Many people don’t realize how easy an option this is when finishing a basement. If you are already running plumbing to a sink or bathroom, adding a plumbing line to a washer is a no-brainer! All you need is plumbing, appliances and a closet! Check out my stackable washer and dryer below.
Frankly, I never would have expected to get as much use out of this little laundry room closet, but it has been a life-saver. If you’re considering finishing your basement and you have the space (doesn’t take much) then I highly recommend a laundry room closet!
I’m sincerely thrilled to share my basement design and decor with you. Our basement is a wonderful extension of our living space. It has allowed us to spend more time together as a family and it has given us great flexibility in entertaining our friends. Thank you for letting me share.