In Basement Remodeling, Design Tips & Tricks by Amy Iverson / May 16, 2019
Tags: design, lighting
Pam and I met for a second time to complete the our color choices. In the last meeting we finalized the design, now we need to pick out the plumbing fixtures, flooring, cabinets, counter tops, back-splash at the bar, door styles, paint/stain colors…what else? Oh yeah, the wood on the fireplace wall, hand rail, and door hardware.
I was told that I would need to have my plumbing and lighting fixtures on order before we start construction. This is so when we do the rough mechanicals the plumber knows what valves to use and the electrician knows where to put the openings for the lights I bought. This was super helpful when it came time for the electrical walk through with Lee.
I would also recommend coming to the meeting with pictures from Pintrest or Houzz of colors and styles you like and/or knowing if you are using an existing piece of furniture or a picture. This is helpful when choosing colors and the girls can help you select the right fixtures and materials to make everything flow. For example I knew I wanted to use a black and white cowboy picture I have in the basement bathroom. So I selected my cabinet, countertops, lights, faucet and mirror all around the idea of having a cowboy inspired theme.
While looking for a cool light for the bar I stumbled upon this sparkly beauty on Houzz. I loved it! Now this inspired a little glam in the basement which I loved to off set the rustic floor, wood fireplace wall and barn door. I call it “rustic glam.” This light selection will definitely set the tone for furnishings and wall decor.
In the laundry room I wanted a garden, whimsy feel. I had originally seen a photo of outdoor lights strung up in a painted ceiling and was inspired by this thought. I wasn’t loving the string lights or edison light options then I found this awesome light on Houzz. It was perfect for the feel I was going for and would look great with the red countertops I wanted.