Too often our basements are treated as afterthoughts during our home decorating process. But, in fact, these below-grade areas can be inviting, integral spaces in our homes and in our family life.

We’re always afraid of water in the basement, so we feel we don’t want to invest too much in this space. But with the right products, water can be far less of an issue, and can truly elevate that otherwise castoff room. Look what one Chatham homeowner did, installing waterproof vinyl flooring to look like wood. Would anyone call this beautiful space “just a basement?”

We are only responsible for the flooring and rugs. The other elements are the homeowner’s own vision using classic molding profiles, chair rails and rich colors on the walls. And, she picked this faux hand scraped vinyl in Saffron Hickory to add a warm, casual element. The flooring adds the classic touch that wall-to-wall carpet would not.

The custom rug helps to define the “family” area of the basement. It also adds warmth and sound absorption in this media area. We used a super soft Innovia fiber for a couple of reasons: first, it feels like silk, so the kids will be more than comfortable during their sleepovers. Second, it’s stain proof, so mom will be more than comfortable during their sleepovers!

Is it wood or is it vinyl? Only the homeowner knows for sure!

Durability, ease of maintenance and water resistance make vinyl plank flooring the perfect choice for the gaming area of the basement. Add in the warmth and beauty of the rustic hand scraped wood-look, and the flooring elevates this space to that of a high-end club room.

Because it’s a bedroom, we warmed up the space with a room-sized area rug that still highlights the beautiful faux wood. Even though the area rug almost fills the room, we still see enough of the vinyl wood-look flooring to make us feel less like we’re in the basement. The result is a cozy basement guest bedroom that could be anywhere in the house.

The stairs are wood that the homeowner had previously stained and finished. We installed a wool sisal runner to reveal just enough of the stair wood that expertly blends with our faux wood flooring.

We’d love to talk more about the other projects we’ve done like this and their average price range. Leave it to the professionals – we know exactly what will work best for the project you have in mind!

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