Lower Level Living Room with Tuscan Flair

Our clients Shelly and Joel wanted to re-create the space in their home’s lower level for their lifestyle now. Their use of the space and style had changed, and they needed a fresh, updated design.

The redesign’s focus was on refining the space’s look and functionality. The design was tired, and didn’t feel very warm. The couple wanted a warmer and more refined space to relax and entertain guests. Getting to know their style, we focused on a piece of existing artwork Shelly really liked. We drew inspiration from its Provence, France or similar Tuscan feel. The color palette led us in the right direction towards transforming the space.

The flooring was replaced with new ceramic tile with blue and warm orange tones. Wall colors tie in, with a dominant green-blue paint color and accents of brown.

Our clients had the existing built-in cabinets replaced with a more streamlined cabinet design, and a warmer quality. Although the couple did declutter much of what was there before, there is plenty of usable storage, kept behind closed doors. We helped with the selection of rich, dark Corian countertops.

The same counters are in the bar area as well, and this part of the room was particularly enhanced for entertaining. The barstools we selected bring color and warmth to the area, and the dark brown paint accent on the ceiling helps define the space. A reflective glass backsplash with copper tones adds a touch of drama. That and a metal piece of artwork we found tie the brown and copper metal tones together, and blend nicely with the barstools.

The alcove near the entrance was set apart with a soft brown accent color, and we custom-designed a floral arrangement with Shelly’s request for yellow flowers. The vase is a nod to their love of wine and the Tuscan feel.

For furniture, we aimed to lighten the overall weight of the space. The new theater-seating recliner sofa selected by our clients could have weighed down the space, if careful attention was not paid to the room’s balance. With that in mind, we added an armless slipper chair, upholstered in lighter, textured fabric, and an ottoman upholstered in a subtle green. We had a custom area rug designed to anchor the furniture arrangement and make the seating feel cozy.

The custom valance – an upholstered cornice board – offers more color, pattern and visual interest. Shelly fell in love with its fabric, and it works well to tie the colors of the space together. Hunter Douglas shades adjustable by remote are simple and practical.

The design of this lower level space is timeless, and has a simplicity and warmth that feels inviting. The balance of masculine and feminine touches suits them both. It’s a much more refined space for a new phase in life.

Margie is great! It was an extreme pleasure working with her on the remodeling of our lower level. We love the new space. When Margie came into our home and discussed the design changes, she listened to everything that we were looking for, and found wonderful options for us. I just can’t say enough good things about her, and I will definitely recommend her to friends and family.
– Shelly