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We are finishing our odd shaped basement and are looking for color ideas for the walls and carpet.  The basement is 23' by 23', but there is a large brick hearth (it is six feet long and four feet wide)right in the middle.  The living/play space is 9 feet wide and 20 feet long from the stairs.  We also have a workout area planned and a separate laundry area.  We already bought an espresso colored love seat and couch, but the drywall is just being finished.  There are 4 windows, but they are small.  We want to pick a light color for the walls and an accent color to paint the brick hearth (it is painted white now).  Do you have any suggestions for paint and carpet colors that will complement the espresso furniture and stand up to three kids?  

I do indeed!  Thanks for writing.  Select your favorite shade of blue for the walls.  The most exciting color paring with your furniture would be on the aqua side of blue - a pale, almost Carribbean shade.  The other side of blue - an icy sky blue would also work great.  As for the floor, I'd have to recommend one of two types of carpeting.  One - the dressier but still sturdy version would be a tightly woven berber, and I'd go lighter rather than darker.  It won't show traffic patterns and cleans up nicely.  The other alternative is an industrial carpet.  They come in beautiful weaves and textures now, and you may find it a nice alternative.  You don't have to use a pad with this carpeting, but you can if you don't want it glued down.


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