A New Space Needs New Light

Some of you may or may not know that we’ve started a whole-house remodel.  Yes, every room in this house is on our list in one way or another.  Every room is getting new flooring and white trim, and we’ve even decided to create another room in this home.  This new room is going in our basement as you come down the stairs and will give us an office space.  Some day when we sell this house, we can market it as a six bedroom home.  Here is the space that we are renovating:

basement before with carpet notesbasement before with notesHa! Ha! Do you see my son, Jonah’s, bright yellow socks???  You can also see our new flooring and the white trim added so far in the back hallway.  I’m so excited to get rid of the disgusting carpet in this house!!! In addition to the carpet needing to go away — the paint color does too!  Currently in the basement, all the walls are getting a fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Duration Home in Accessible Beige.

Fortunately we don’t have to do this all alone — or none of this would happen.  We are getting tons of help from family (family with skills I should say).  My brother, Jim, is an expert uh-anything and has a ton of projects under his belt.   My brother, Chris, is an electrician and handy-man galore that also has a ton of expertise to bring to the project.  But also giving advice and expertise are the dad’s.  Dad one, Jim (sr.), is a retired electrician and has done a ton of home improvement projects for more years than my mere existence.  And Dad two, Kenny (step-dad), is also a handy-man with house building experience who is super mechanical!   I’m truly lucky to have so many experienced and willing-to-help guys at my disposal since Joe and I are not so handy.

I went to Floor Planner to layout the design and get an idea of what the finished space would look like.  They have a free trial where you can design one space at no charge.  Pretty cool and I’m not an architect!  This gives you another idea of where the new room will go in the space.

basement floor plan

Even though it will take about a month to complete the project, we need to make some major decisions pretty quickly.  One of these is lighting.  Currently there are two lights in the existing space that are controlled by one switch at the bottom of the stairs.   That switch will now control a set of sconces on the wall across from the stairs.  Also, we need to choose a new light for inside the office — but will cover that in a future post.  For now, I’m thinking solely about this wall at the foot of the stairs.  It’s 8 feet long and I can see the possibilities of a console table or bench — something like the picture below!!!

shiplap wall with bench

Shiplap wall with bench

But because it’s a basement we don’t have really tall ceilings to work with — only about 8 feet high.  This means a really cool light fixture, like the one in the picture above, would not allow head clearance for anyone very tall.  So two wall sconces are a great way to add lighting to this space and make a design statement.  So after a little work, the wall and sconces look like this:

new hallway

Yes it still needs a little something — like walls, flooring and fixtures!  I’m leaning towards a farmhouse, rustic or vintage look and here are a few ideas of what I’m thinking. . . Joe has yet to weigh in with his opinion!

Lanterns

Lanterns with candles

My brother would be ecstatic if I chose something that used candles instead of electricity!  Less wiring in the walls, huh?  Sorry, Chris, that’s not happening.

farmhouse burnt red sconce

farmhouse burnt red sconce

french farmhouse in grey

french farmhouse in grey

farmhouse caged lights

farmhouse caged lights

old world charm in bronze

old world charm in bronze

one light antique white

one light antique white

transitional one light in old bronze

transitional one light in old bronze

 

My husband does not like anything “girly” so the French country look is probably not an option.  But I do think I can convince him that we need to add some beautiful planks to the wall to mimic shiplap whether we paint them white or use a vinegar stain.  With that in mind, which ones do you like?  If you had a brand new wall in your home to decorate, what would you add???

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