We don't use the basement much, and it was piled with a lot of stuff. I got the bright idea of moving my too big sectional down there and making a seating area. It's like giving a mouse a cookie, really. So we had to clear out some room. We moved all the stuff into the utility half of the basement. Now we have a clear space with plastered walls, tiled floor (ugly but serviceable), got the sectional down there. Now what?
My plan is to wall off the utility half with storage shelves and cover them on the living side with curtains that can be slid back for shelf access. Exercise area will be at the far end, with workshop on the other side of the storage wall. I'd like a bar area in the middle opposite the stairs. I am not sure what to do about wall color, ceiling treatment, stairway and lighting. I did see that idea about facing the risers with license plates, love that. I have a travel theme going on with old travel posters and the pillows and curtains are printed like old travel posters.
I have some old tables that I plan to use in the space and an old leather trunk for a coffee table. I can't really buy any more furniture.