February 29, 2008

Rec-room Redux

When interior designer David Harris, a partner at children’s-furnishings company Ducduc, helped Kristen and Stephen Fealy transform their Westhampton, New York, basement for their young children he knew he wanted to add some colorful, fun punchy elements. According to author Kiera Coffee, the challenge was to stylishly (and affordably) overcome the dreary elements – the low ceiling, the lack of natural light. Kristen hoped to elevate the space from underappreciated toy graveyard to something “the kids would look back on with amazement.”
Harris broke up the boxlike room into separate areas for playing, “working,” and lounging. By employing a bold orange and blue palette, he both brightened the windowless space and unified its look. Flavor Paper’s graphic wave pattern of Onda in Nightshades creates the illusion of lifting the basement’s seven-foot-eight-inch ceiling and adds color and movement to the space. “It was the best thing we’ve done to the house,” says Kristen. “We’re all down there all the time now.”