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Zoned areas and wood floors pull together a basement family room

June 05, 2013

Family rooms can provide relaxation for adults, a play area for children or a practice space for a budding musician. But while a large basement can be divided into zones for all those uses.

Family rooms can provide relaxation for adults, a play area for children or a practice space for a budding musician. But while a large basement can be divided into zones for all those uses, having floors like Anderson's  Lone Star hickory hardwood flooring will tie the whole space together.

Making the best use of a finished basement starts with deciding how the room will be utilized. HGTV designer Candace Olson did just that by dividing a finished basement into separate zones for relaxation, music and a wet bar. Earth colors were chosen to create a cozy atmosphere in the room design.

"By creating different zones for different needs, adding furniture and flooring, and topping it off with vibrant accents and details, this basement got an injection of style the whole family can enjoy," she told the design channel."

Space for special interests
A finished basement can provide plenty of space for hobbyists to indulge their special interests, whether it's model trains, woodworking or arts and crafts.

According to HandyDirectory.com, one of the benefits of installing a crafts center or a layout for a train in the basement is the amount of space available. Shelving can be installed for storing supplies and tools, and a work area can be spread out.

Since basement windows are often smaller than those at street level, a window treatment should be chosen to maximize the natural light available during the day and to provide privacy at night. For a ground-level basement with sliding glass doors leading to the outside, or a basement with large windows, vertical blinds can be adjusted to allow different amounts of light into the room.

Once the practical needs of the hobby room are met, comfortable seating should be available for both the hobbyist and visitors. Accessorizing can revolve around the hobby.

Upkeep for furniture
Between entertaining visitors and family activities, upholstered furniture can take a beating when it's used all the time. A practical solution is to use slipcovers to change the appearance of a large piece, and give the upholstery a much needed rest.

"Dark upholstery pieces that create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the winter months may seem a bit too warm for spring and summer. [The solution is] white slipcovers, which can create a cool haven for those hot, humid days," interior designer Shari Hiller, co-author of Real Decorating for Real People, told HGTV.