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 :)