Going super cozy and comfy in the basement!

March 11, 2020

Hey there! I've been hard at work on a plan to cozy up our basement...and it's already pretty darn cozy. :) 

I've had an idea for the walls down here for awhile and got started this week. This another instance of the difference simply painting a wall can make in a space. After all these years the transformations still surprise me!

Remember when I painted a long wall in the basement this dark gray?:
Long game storage wall with DIY ledges for art

You can see more about that wall of game storage and display shelves here

That dark gray is the same color I used on our bedroom tray ceiling. It's called Westchester Gray and is the perfect gray -- no purpley undertones. If anything, it leans slightly green in some light, which I love. 

I took that color down the wall to our family space last year: 
Dark gray accent wall

I LOVE an accent wall! But I've always felt like this room should all be that warm color. 

So I continued it! And it's SO SO comfy and cozy. We love it!: 

Giant map art dark walls

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I will always be a dark wall fan. It makes the rest of the room pop! 

It's absolutely perfect down here...I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner:
Cozy basement family room with sectional

I get asked about that large map every time I share this space. It's from IKEA and I later framed it myself. I hear they don't have this exact one anymore, but they do have a similar option. 

We're lucky to have some natural light in here, but I'd do this dark color even if we didn't. It feels lux but not stuffy. Warm and cozy but not too dark: 
Large sectional sofa with chaise basement

My next step is to add some molding, similar to what I did in our dining room
Simple paneled look on walls dining room

I plan to add a chair rail down there too. I have to play around with placement a bit. 

I love the feel of old bars with tons of molding and moody walls...that's the feeling I'm going for down here. But I plan to keep the accessories light: 
Comfy and cozy dark walls in basement

Yes, we really need to clean our window wells! Any tips on what to use? 

This mirror will be replaced when I start the built ins along that wall to the left (yet to be painted):
Westchester gray in basement

I can't wait to show you my plans for that HUGE wall! I wasn't planning on tackling it this year, but now that I kept the gray going around the room, I kind of want to get it started. 

I can see how it will all look in my head and I'm excited! We'll see -- I have more details to iron out first. You know me -- it could end up being next year. :)  

For now, this view is so warm...it feels like a hug when we walk down here! I just LOVE it: 
Cozy dark walls in basement with sectional

I get asked about the sources in this room more than any other!:

And you should be able to scroll through these photos and click on them for sources as well:

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  1. Love what you did withe basement! So pretty.

  2. This looks amazing!!!! Love it

  3. Hi! We’re in the middle of finishing our basement right now and I’ve been trying to decide if I want to do all the walls dark. This makes me want to do it! How tall are your ceilings? Ours are just under 8ft and the room is a rectangle shape. Do you think it’d still look ok? Would you do the hall coming off the stairs leading into the room dark as well? This is tough for me! Thanks so much for your help.


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