As the winter chill encourages us to spend more time indoors, our thoughts naturally turn to cozy indoor projects that promise warmth and comfort. For Lindsey from Practical Home, the transformation started with an often-forgotten space - the basement. However, Lindsey was looking for a home project that did not require a major overhaul. A project easy enough for us all to implement, one around practicality, creativity, and a touch of magic.
Now that the project is complete, we are here to share our transformation secrets of everything you can do with minimal use of a sledgehammer. Let the revelations begin!
Pick up a Paintbrush
First up in our arsenal of practical tips: paint. Without tearing down a single wall, a simple stroke of the brush provides a cost-effective, simple way to breathe new life into a space. Are your cabinets no longer fitting into your aesthetic? A can of paint can quickly work wonders.
Fireplaces are the heartbeat of any cozy space. Looking for an outside-the-box idea? While Lindsey loved the brick, she was looking for a way to make it more modern. This was also accomplished in a cost-effective way with paint.
What about Wallpaper?
Now, let's talk about wallpaper—the unsung hero of interior design. A well-chosen pattern can turn a dull corner or an entire room into a vibrant statement. Lindsey went for a design that echoed the ethos of Practical Home – stylish, fresh, and with a hint of playfulness. Her choice aimed to create an inviting space that her kids could also enjoy, and this touch of wallpaper added that perfect element of fun. Did you know that Practical Home also offers a bold, funky selection of K&L Signature and Modflower wallpaper options, all available to shop on the website?
Turn Your TV into a Work of Art
Movie nights are sacred, but the looming presence of a TV can be a design buzzkill. Enter our favorite trick – A FRAMED TV! Embracing the latest in technology trends, framed TVs seamlessly integrate into the design and aesthetics of any room, doubling as a piece of art when the TV is not in use and blending into the overall design.
Create a Game Space
In a family-centric home, a dedicated space for games was a must. A shuffleboard table paired with a sofa table created a multifunctional area that felt separate from the rest of the basement. Whether it's a game night with friends or a quiet evening with the family, this designated area adds an extra layer of entertainment, breaking up the room into different activities.
Opt for a Bold Backsplash
Supporting small, women-owned businesses is a core value at Practical Home. With that said, using Mercury Mosaics to bring Lindsey’s backsplash vision to life was a total no-brainer. In a basement, where transformation often requires careful attention to detail, Mercury Mosaics stands out for its stunning colors, shapes, and patterns. The vibrant designs add a layer of visual interest, turning an often overlooked space into a vibrant statement. Personalized, unique, and adding that extra flair, this beautiful basement addition perfectly encapsulates the blend of style and substance that defines Practical Home.
Make it Multifunctional
Tying all of the new elements together was the grand finale. Different entertaining areas within one space – from TV and hangout zones to a Pac-Man corner paired with a bar area featuring a sleek beverage fridge. Practicality meets style, and suddenly, the basement becomes a multifunctional haven.
The Practical Design Philosophy
This basement refresh wasn't just about transforming a space from drab to fab, it was about embracing the joy of practical design. It's a testament to our belief that you don't need a massive budget or a sledgehammer to create magic. Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh coat of paint, a splash of wallpaper, and a dash of creativity. And if you’re feeling stuck, there are plenty of tips scattered across our website, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok to keep you busy. Until next time!