I was in Sherwin Williams recently, picking up 7 gallons of Alabaster and 1 gallon of Porpoise for a basement project. It hit me that three of my recent projects have used Sherwin Williams’ 2016 Color of the Year Alabaster! I think the reason everyone loves Alabaster is that it’s not a stark white – it’s got a bit of gray to it and a bit of warmth to it that softens it.
We are in the middle of re-doing a basement in a house from the 1930s. The basement is not big – it’s maybe 20 by 20 feet at most. It has a brick wall that is about 4-5 feet high and then it’s open to the crawl space around it. We put shiplap at the top of the wall and kept the brick. I just saw it yesterday – they had all of the unpainted shiplap up and it looked really good. Here is one of our inspiration photos.
The basement is going to be a place where my clients’ three boys can play air hockey and video games, run around and be loud like boys can. Ahem, I know from first hand experience how loud they can be! I had six boys running around on missions with their Nerf guns inside my house because it was so freezing here (in the 30s) that they didn’t want to go outside. Chaos! I’d love to have a room for them to battle in. Our house is not that big – I’d love to convert our garage into a monkey room!
This was another of our inspiration rooms. We haven’t decided yet if we are doing a herringbone or basket weave pattern on the floor. After the guys are done painting, we’ll lay out the tile pattern on the floor and decide then. We’re leaning towards the basket weave, though.