Thursday both our sump pumps went out and we had a fairly decent flood in our basement. Huge mess. They had to rip out all the carpet, padding and baseboards. So far drywall is ok but we'll know on Tuesday if it dried out enough or needs to be cut out as well.
That's the background, now on to the fun decorating stuff. ;)
FLOORING: There was carpet down there.* I hate carpet. I want to put tile down. Currently we're thinking a porcelain that resembles stone. Done in a pattern with different sized tiles. Beige/cream/brown tones. I want slate. DH wants slate. We both realize this is a very bad idea for an area we walk barefoot in and is DS's main play area. But it is soooooo pretty.
*The bathroom is white ceramic and the bar area is oak. Bathroom is fine, oak is still drying. We should know on Tuesday if it survived or needs to come out.
WALLS: Currently builder beige. Boring! We're probably painting a warm, creamy, golden yellow. This color will eventually be carried throughout the main rooms of the house (foyer, hallways, family room) since we have a very open floor plan.
STAIRS: Ok, here is where I really need some opinions because I really just don't know what direction we want to go in.
Current set up: In the foyer are 2 staircases. One to second floor, one to basement. Very open. Currently there's a beige (BORING) runner on the upper stairs which is impossible to clean. DH spills stuff, DS spills stuff and the dog...well the dog is a dog. HATE IT. Basement stairs are wall to wall beige berber (what was in the basement) but they are paying to replace. The bottom 5 stairs are oak with the carpet continuing as a runner. Does that make sense? There's a wall on one side of the upper portion but the last 5 stairs are open to the basement with the ends of the treads showing and a railing/spindles.
I wanted to do all wood stairs in the house. Love the look. DH vetoed it and he has some very good points:
1. Too slippery in socks. We all wear socks and home and DH fell down the wood stairs at our old house wearing socks. Now with DS running around I'd hate to risk it.
2. The dog. Oh the dog. Sam is a 75 pound lab who doesn't really walk down the stairs, it is more of a controlled fall buffeted by the current carpet. We're afraid he'd fall straight down, scratching up the stairs and possibly breaking a leg. We're not being overly dramatic, the dog is a complete clod.
What we've thought of doing is a dark red, Oriental-style runner on both sets of stairs off the foyer. The dark color and pattern would help with the dirt from all the traffic. But, it would need to be wall to wall on the upper portion of the basement stairs as it is now because we really don't think we want the expense of adding wood treads to just cover them with a runner except for a few inches on each side.
Issues I can see with this:
1. Rest of the flooring in the house is oak or beige carpet so this would stick out.
2. However, eventually it will all be ripped out and replaced with dark wood.
3. Currently in the foyer is a dark red, Oriental style area rug so the runner would tie in with that.
4. At the top of the second floor stairs it transitions to beige carpet so we'd have a dark runner leading up to that. Could make for an awkward transition.
5. Don't think we can afford to do the back stairs right now which means that if the same runner is not available when we do, we may have a different runner on those. You cannot see the two sets of stairs at the same time so maybe this is not an issue?
For anyone who has read this entire thing, thank you! Any thoughts?