Basement Renovation: Next Steps

Media Center with wall painted in Acadia White

Media Center with wall painted in Acadia White

Now that the work on our basement is officially done, it’s time to start painting and furnishing it! Obviously, the painting has to come first, so the next step is figuring out what color to paint the walls. There are an infinite number of directions that we could go in for the wall color, but I always knew I wanted to keep it very light (since it’s a windowless basement), and once we picked the built-ins from Pottery Barn, it just made sense to me to paint the walls the same color, so that they would blend seamlessly in (and hopefully look more like real built-ins that way!). I wasn’t sure if I should go with a slightly different white, or try to match the cabinets as close as possible, but I read this helpful post by Kyle M. Interiors, who is a paint color expert, and she advised NOT mixing and matching whites too much, since one white can easily make another look dirty/warm/cool, etc.

We picked up a whole bunch of paint chips from the paint store, and by eye, I picked out “Acadia White” by Benjamin Moore as a pretty close match. We bought a pint and painted a few spots on the wall, and as you can see, it’s a pretty darn close match (it looks closer in person than it does in the photo, since the media center is casting a shadow on the wall). We might play around with a few more whites just for confirmation, but I think this one is probably close enough. Now I just have to figure out what to do for the trim. I am thinking of painting it a slightly “whiter white,” something like “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore. It will offer a subtle bit of contrast with Acadia White, and it’s generally a popular color for ceilings and trim.

Interior Define Maxwell Sectional with Chaise in Natural, Heavy Cloth

Interior Define Maxwell Sectional with Chaise in Natural, Heavy Cloth

Interior Define swatches clockwise from top left: Wheat, Oyster, Vanilla, Natural, and Dune

Interior Define swatches clockwise from top left: Wheat, Oyster, Vanilla, Natural, and Dune

The other next step that I am trying to get a head start on is the sectional, since if I go with a custom piece, it will take several months for it to be ready. I had originally been leaning towards this piece from Pottery Barn, however, it is on the pricey side, and it makes me so nervous that their custom furniture is not returnable. So instead, I am thinking of giving the company Interior Define a try. I first heard about them from one of my favorite decorating bloggers, The Inspired Room, but I initially thought that their designs were a little too modern for me. However, I took a closer look, and I really love their Maxwell sectional sofa, designed by Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy. Their sofas are really reasonably priced, in my opinion, and they offer free white glove delivery service and flexible returns within the first 14 to 100 days after purchase. So far, I am very impressed with their customer service. I ordered a number of free swatches in light beige tones, and they arrived this week. They are also sending me a second batch with some light gray options. I like a number of the fabrics so far, and I think at the moment, “Natural” and “Dune” are my favorites (the two bottom ones in the photo). I am looking for something neutral and light, but not so light that it will show too much dirt.

That’s it for now! Hopefully we will start painting in the next few weeks, so please check back for more in progress photos soon!