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erotavlas's picture

Hi,There was some damage to our basement living room so we had to tear the floor up and some parts of the wood along one wall. This room is a fairly large L shaped room. As you can see from the photos there is a lot of wood on the walls (pine), but one side was removed and we must replace it with something else (not pine). There is concrete now on the floor so its ready for tiles.Here are my questions 1. What would be the best thing to do with the one wall that is different from the rest?2. We are planning to replace the wood buring stove with a gas fireplace and re do the whole fireplace area with stone work - any ideas for stone work?  Also should we keep part of the original wood mantle going across and place stone above and below it (instead of getting a new mantle)3. Several people suggested to use bright coloured tiles that are larger in size to make the room appear larger and brighter. What shape is best - square or rectangular? I kind of like rectangular laid out in an alternating pattern but not sure if this would look good.Any suggestions or design ideas would be greatly appreciated :) thanksbasement living areabasement living areawall with wood removedwall with wood removedother side of roomother side of room

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lorasmith's picture

its a tough decision to make. I'm not sure which place you live but a good idea might be to call up a basement repair service, show them the room and get a quote as well as an idea for repair of the

eramorse's picture

This idea is really interesting. Simple decoration and light colors are enough to make an attractive living. I love decorating my whole house and I really doing it. eye doctor chapin sc eye exam chapin sc

ErinE's picture

Hi,The wide shot of the room is a little deceiving because it's distorted, so I'm not really sure how this would balance out. But, have you considered installing built in shelving on the wall that was torn down. I would paint them white and keep them fairly simple (some architectural detail, but don't go overboard). You could also include some enclosed cupboards along the bottom. Highlight the shelving with some lighting and arrange with books and decorative Items to make it a focal point. Don't over stock the shelves ;)Erin

erotavlas's picture

Square tiles (16") or rectangular?  How can I know which shape / layout pattern works best? 

erotavlas's picture

thanks for the feedback,to answer your questions, we are keeping the cabinets on either side of the fireplace.  The wood in the room is all the same colour (even though it may look different in the photo)the ceiling is going to be drywall (i might be wrong on the material, but basically all one uniform even surface)  and painted a single colour (bright colour)the fireplace will be redone with nice stonework from floor to the ceiling (we also decided to place two maybe three swivel potlights above the fireplace to show case itI dont think we will paint any of the wood although I am looking into removing the existing varnish and redoing it another colour  (probably be a lot of work)The wood mantle as Mrs Peacock suggsted we might try and keep incorporating it into the stonework somehow, but we might re finish it somehow.  It might look wierd if we cut it out and replaced it with another type of mantle (what do you think?)Artwork on the feature wall sounds like a nice idea.  I'm still not sure what texture or colour would be best for wall though.  Should I also place pot lights along that side to showcase the wall?

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