I have a treat for you today.  I’ve worked on this mood board for almost a year…since we broke ground in the basement back in March of 2012.  I finally feel like it is done and ready to share.  Hopefully over the next month or so this mood board will come to life in my basement.

I feel like the basement is an opportunity to unleash my design personality full force.  I am not holding back here.  I want the basement to be fun and full of energy.

The family room color palette will be a mix of yellow, chartreuse, navy, and some turquoise for good measure.  The paint color is Martha Stewart Tailor’s Chalk.  I intentionally kept the walls white, so I could play with bold colors and patterns on the furniture and accessories.  (Side note: Normally I would never recommend white for basement walls, because in poorly lit spaces white looks very dreary.  Our basement is a walkout and has tons of natural light, so the white is bright and beautiful on the walls.)


Here are the details of everything on the mood board:

  1. Bamboo Flooring in Toast – I cannot wait to get started on this project.  Instead of the floor, this yummy bamboo will become a cool wall treatment.
  2. Mercury Glass Ball Finials – Simply gorgeous and feeding my mercury glass addiction.  This set is a bit pricey.  I did find a solo version for a more modest price: Mercury Glass Orb Finial.
  3. EcoSmart Fireplace – Having an ethanol burning fireplace has been a dream of the mine and hubby for a long time!  We love the modern lines of this freestanding version that can be used indoors or out.  We skipped having a traditional fireplace installed knowing we’d be saving our pennies up for this guy.  He will be a stunner in front of the bamboo wall.
  4. Anson Chairs – We are relocating our yellow Anson chairs from the office to the new basement family room.  They hardly get any use in the office.  Although we paid about 50% of retail for them at the Room & Board Outlet, they were still an investment and one we’d like to get more daily use out of.
  5. Ampersand – Just a fun accent piece.  Not only is there an ampersand in Teal & Lime, that I am fond of, but we also used to call ourselves J&J since both of our names start with J.  I used to sign our cards and write our return address as J&J Hernandez.  Well, now it is J&J&J&J, because the boy’s names start with J too.  Don’t worry though we are not like the Kardashians with the letter K…our dog’s name is Sofia :)
  6. Oblique Yellow Vase – I like the unique geometric shape of this angular vase.
  7. Wood and Antiqued Mirror Serving Tray – I want a nice tray to keep the remote and maybe set a water glass on the end table.  If you follow me on Facebook, you know I snagged this guy on sale at Target yesterday for $35, and that was before my RedCard discount.
  8. St Jude Ceramic Owls – What would a room in my house be without a cute owl?  Or two?
  9. Concerto Frames in Lemon – I’d like to keep some more family pictures around in this space.  Upstairs we only have the gallery wall, but no smaller framed pictures.  I want to frame smaller pictures and rotate them out more frequently.
  10. Chelsea Sectional – We already own this sectional, and sadly it has been in storage in our garage for the last 8 months while the basement was being finished.  Can’t wait to get it out.  It will be getting a new DIY slip-cover in a pretty light grey fabric.
  11. Alchemy Pillow in Citron – I love the abstract pattern on these pillows.  In a lucky find, I just picked up two of these from HomeGoods for $25 each.   I normally don’t buy pillows, I like to make my own, but I could hardly buy this size down insert for $25!
  12. Essex Upholstered Bench – The dark blue fabric and turned legs are so beautiful.  We have a large leather ottoman that I am hoping to recover in the same West Elm fabric (you can buy all their fabrics by the yard).  I will have to see about swapping out the feet on the ottoman for something a bit more shapely.
  13. Aimee Wilder Yellow Zigzag Rug – This rug made me believe I could use yellow and chartreuse in the same room together.  I originally planned a yellow, navy, turquoise basement, but chartreuse kept sneaking it’s way in.  This rug will give me license to run with it.  Now, I just need to find this rug on sale!
  14. Dipped Wood Box – I don’t have many trinkets, but I can hardly pass up a cute trinket box.
  15. Mini Treasure Pot – Again, how could I pass up a cute trinket box…especially a miniature one?  Maybe I will start a mini collection of dipped wood trinket boxes.
  16. Coqo Floral Curtain – This curtain was love at first site.  I just love the modern floral pattern.  My hubby even approves :)
  17. H – So next to owls, monogram H’s might be my second favorite decor item!
  18. Hadley Book Boxes – I found a set of these at HomeGoods for about half the price.  You can see them here styled with my painted glass jars.
  19. Recycled Glass Lamp in Aqua – I plan to DIY some similar lamps.  I have already found tall aqua glass vases to use as the lamp bases.  I will be sure to share a post on how I convert them to lamps.
  20. Hand Painted Honeycomb Chest – I originally found this chest for a client’s mood board, but I can’t get it out of my mind.  I think the navy is beautiful and I really like the honeycomb design.  If I don’t buy a pair of these, you can be sure I will be DIYing something very similar.  We need to large chests for the end tables by the 10 ft. sectional.
  21. Love Pillow – Simply fun.
  22. Silver Cermic Stool – Ceramic stools are always a great, functional accent piece.  I love this sliver one.  It will add a little glam to the room.
  23. Mason Dresser in Navy/Walnut – This dresser was the inspiration for a DIY project currently underway to rehab this retro dresser into a TV stand.

What do you think?  Can I get away with the yellow and chartreuse in the same room?

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11 Responses to My Basement Family Room Mood Board {with Full Source List}

  1. This looks great! I love how you have put everything together first and then can watch the look unfold. It will be fun to watch it all come together!


  2. Lisa says:

    I love that you chose the yellow and chartreuse. It’s not too overbearing and works well with the navy. You’re so talented at curating accessories that work. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.

  3. Erin says:

    Love love love the colors you’re using! We just bought our first house and you’re giving me lots of inspiration =)

  4. Wow, I cannot wait to see this!

  5. Gwen says:

    This is my favorite favorite room! And I never would have put all these colors together but it’s the tiny accents of yellow, chartreuse , etc that make the huge gray and huge brown of cork wall not look gloomy. It all goes perfectly!!!! I love the lamps…for a basement to have teal see through glass seems oh airy. And I know nothing about fireplaces since mine is unused–we”re forbidden to use them in our area–so I think it’s the glam of the room
    Oh…by chance could you splurge on the rug since you’re getting stuff at HG and Target and recovering yourself and DIYing end tables…could you buy the rug so you are sure to get it??? It really was your starting off point…I know, you could hire someone to replicate on something and save a few hundred but you’d always wish for it??? Or are you now on a hunt for less expensive but similar? It’s always easy to spend YOUR money!!! Lol love the room

    • Jackie says:

      Thanks Gwen. I am definitely hoping I can save enough on the other elements of the room, so I can splurge on the rug. I just have not seen another one with similar colors and it is the piece that ties it all together.

  6. Mrs. Vallejos says:

    Yellow and Chartreuse? But of course, when offset by enough gray and cream.

    Really lovely colors. Oh, that fireplace! So cool!

    Tell me about the ceilings… are they low? Are you going with a multi-toned scheme to give the ceilings some interest? Being tall, basement spaces typically make me uncomfortable. A plain white ceiling white often doesn’t cut it.

    • Jackie says:

      We are actually really fortunate to have 9ft ceilings in most of the basement other than the long soffit running above the windows. We still have 8ft under the soffits. High basement ceilings were definitely a selling feature for this house!

  7. I love your moodboard – especially the rug!! :) Thanks so much for linking up Jackie, glad to have you!

  8. Steph says:

    I am crushing on that Anson chair!!! Such an inspiring mood board as I love Chartreuse and grey!

    Found you via Mood Board Link Party!

  9. Katy says:

    I’ve been looking at those same Anthro curtains myself – for me at $120 a pop they will be a HUGE splurge, but I just may have to have them and will have to budget them in. I just adore them. I love this room board!

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