By Olga Adler of Olga Adler Interiors
This project was an exciting one from the very beginning. I was hired to transform almost 2,000 sq feet of unfinished basement space of a beautiful colonial home into a family fun central – a space where both kids and adults could call their own. The main design challenge was lack of windows. The lack of natural light could be easily alleviated by creating layers of artificial lighting but air quality was my big concern. Knowing how much off-gassing all the new surfaces and furnishings will create was worrisome to me. How are we going to get rid of all that paint smell? That’s when we decided to look for a healthy solution for thousands of square feet of walls that needed to be painted. And that’s when Mythic paint came into play.
The space was divided into 4 distinctive sections:
The Movie Theater
The private space where the entire family can watch movies and concerts resembles a real screening room with two rows of butter soft leather seating, dimmable house lights, lit steps, 100” screen, fantastic sound system, and even a popcorn machine. Mythic colors used: 168-4 and 168-3.
The Wine Cellar
This Tuscany-inspired design was a fun one to work on. We used mahogany to build the wine racks and we had hand painted tile installed as a focal point to evoke that rustic Italian look. But the most important thing in a wine cellar is wine and the conditions in which it is stored. That was one space where a standard paint was not an option as any chemical vapors can penetrate the porous surface of the cork and spoil the wine. Mythic color used: 168-1.
This is where all the action is before, during and after sports watching, or after a movie screening, and while a game of pool takes place. Custom mahogany cabinetry was built to accommodate this unusually shaped space (there are some major plumbing pipes hidden inside some of the upper cabinets), and to create a real bar feel with multiple beverage centers, ice maker, dishwasher and a hammered bronze sink. The classic pool table lends itself to the pub-like look. We used 2 Mythic colors to create a distinctive faux finish: 170-2 and 170-3.
The playroom has a large seating area with a custom entertainment cabinet, 12” long leather sectional sofa and an oversize coffee table. That’s where my clients watch TV and the kids play with their game consoles. We continued with the same faux finish throughout this space for cohesive look.
Unless you are building from scratch or gutting your space to the studs, there are many elements in the design of your home that you may not be able to change – you may not know what kind of insulation is in the walls, you may have no control over the quality of windows or the type of plumbing used. But there is one thing you should be able to control – the quality of air you and your family breathe every day, and choosing no-VOC paints is the first step to feeling great about your home.
To see more images of the remodel, check out Mythic’s Facebook Page for an Album.