i am getting ready to transform my office in the basement of my home. the room is not only my office, but it's also our home theater with a large screen and surround sounds system, etc. these photos are years old, but the gist is the same and the walls haven't changed. you can barely see a wall on the right (1st photo) that is all white -- it's cement. the rest of the walls are that very old thick wooden siding.<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/office.jpg" width="399" height="236"/> and <img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/home_theater.jpg" width="400" height="352"/><br><br>i want to clean it up, which i am doing now, and then i'll paint it. problem is . . . i cannot find a color combination. i think i'll do two different colors on the walls and then another color for the trim. so, i have been fiddling with color pallets at the Lowes virtual painter. if anyone is particularly good at choosing colors, then feel free to provide me with a recommendation because i am wide open. i won't do something average though . . . i want something bold, i think. i thought about oranges and purples to make some sort of 70s disco theme, but i can't do the neat art work to make it more realistic. <br><br><a href="http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=pg&p=Promos/paintvizsplash.html#">link to virtual painting at lowes</a><br><br>Click on the link that reads, "Click here to visualize your new look!"<br><br>then choose, "View all rooms" at the bottom (middle). i have selected dinning room #5 just because it has two tones on the wall and then a trim color.<br><br>it'll looks something like this when you reach it:<br><br><img src="http://homepage.mac.com/jayhawk/.Pictures/color_pallets.jpg" width="500" height="382"/><br><br>i don't expect anyone to help, but if you have some time and an eye for interiors i'd enjoy learning from your recommendations as mine are all crummy (see example that i just selected).<br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
I don't know jack about designing but wanted to ask about your projection TV.<br><br>How do you like it? How's the quality? <br><br>As far as bold colors go, I'm guessing you all are going to stay there for awhile....<br><br>
First off the Paneling and hard flooring sends a "echo" and is really hard on the ears.<br><br>Place drywall over the paneling with sound board as a backing to help to absorb reverberation. Then install commercial carpet squares, the ones with a thick rubber back or a regular carpet with a padding that has a moister barrier - since your in a basement. Do this for best sound.<br><br>As for the colors.<br>Let your wife decide - <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>i don't expect anyone to help, but if you have some time and an eye for interiors i'd enjoy learning from your recommendations as mine are all crummy (see example that i just selected).<p><hr></blockquote><p>Have no fear, Sean. Steph is an Interior Designer (mostly of schools), but I'll pass along your post to her . . . <br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>the rest of the walls are that very old thick wooden siding<p><hr></blockquote><p>Gezzz, ya live in Michigan, an outdoors-man state. Get rid of all that junk, put in a nice bar (with a backlit mountain scene behind it) and save the lovely knotty pine walls. <br><br>
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hey, the whole basement has those 1" thick knotty pine walling. the room next to mine has the bar and that room was just painted along with the bar in a retro theme -- mostly my wife's work. <br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
i love the projector and so do my kids. we're thinking of putting in another in the entertainment room just for the kids. the screen i use a $12 solution from plastex or something like that (i found the information on AVS forums and they seemed to think these bathroom waterproofing panels were great quality . . . i agree).<br><br>i actually bought the projector to take with me (and my wife) when presenting at conferences. it sat around for about a month before i realized that it could be so much more. i don't use it that often. i watch all movie rentals on it, but i don't watch a lot of television. i play my nintendo on it, but that's not very often. i watch all KU basketball games on it. the quality is much better than i expected. the projector is HDTV enabled, but i don't subscribe to HDTV through my direct TV, so i can't comment on that. <br><br>if we bought another projector, i'd go with one that isn't 3 pounds largely because of price. there was one a sam's club that i was eyeballing that gets good reviews. check out the AVS forums for real information.<br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
carp, i am not sure it's even panelling . . . there is a knothole in one wall to the storage room and the wood is about 1" thick and there is nothing else behind it. the 4th wall is cement as is the floor, so i should probably do something for sound on that wall. i have been buying carpet squares for the flooring, but i didn't think about matching the flooring with my walls (that's how bad i suck at this). my wife uses all of her ideas on the rest of the house . . . i sorta wanted my own "look" as all of her ideas fit together one way or another. <br><br>matt, i'd love to hear from steph . . . even if it's just a list of 3 colors to check out. i've been buying little quarts of various colors and painting them on the cement wall to see if they work. i thought a dark gray would be neat for movies, but it looked nearly black and was just too gloomy for me. perhaps an orange, lime, and blue??? i thought i wanted the industrial look, but the metallic paints were over $50 / gallon. ouch!! <br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
Yeah go with Steph for colors. I myself always choose pastels<br><br>Ooohhh thats real wood, thats not going to be easy to paint over since it most likely has some varnish on it. Do a little test area lightly sand it to etch the surface and see if the paint sticks. If not then ya gonna have to strip off the varnish = messy.<br><br>As for the concrete wall you can simply glue drywall to it or even better find a "fabric" wall paper that has that 70s feel.<br><br>
Here's a plan that works: Go spend an afternoon with your wife at Borders and plant yourself down in the home design section. There are hundreds of books to skim through. Chances are you'll find several great examples of what you'ld love to do with the space in terms of color, wall surfaces, flooring, lighting and furniture. If you find the perfect inspiration, buy the book. It may seem expensive at the time to spend $20, $40, or $60 on books or magazines, but you'll save in the long run. Once you find the 'inspiration' photo then it's easy to put the pieces together.<br><br>I recently saw a media room where the walls were covered in cork, the color was very unique and not what you might expect. That might be a straight ahead option rather than removing that paneling and redoing the walls.<br><br>What's behind the drop ceiling? You might want to think about removing that to gain some added height then use either recessed light or halogen track lighting.<br>(okay, you just put it in....)<br><br><br>Also, here's a couple sites that may be useful to you.<br><br><br>furniture & shelving: http://www.westelm.com <br>instant carpet: http://www.interfaceflor.com<br>paint: http://www.behr.com/behrx/inspiration/<br><br>
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