February 29, 2008
When interior designer David Harris, a partner at childrens-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 Papers graphic wave pattern of Onda in Nightshades creates the illusion of lifting the basements seven-foot-eight-inch ceiling and adds color and movement to the space. It was the best thing weve done to the house, says Kristen. Were all down there all the time now.