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7. Refresh your movie-watching zone. Winter is a good time to catch up on movies you missed in the theater or to binge-watch your favorite shows. So why not make your movie-watching zone as comfy and cozy as possible? Start by vacuuming the floors and upholstery (using a vacuum attachment) and by clearing away clutter. Next, assess your collection of movies and games, donating extras to charity. Finally, make sure there are plenty of comfortable pillows and throws and lighting that can be dimmed.How to Install a Dimmer Switch
2. Movie time. One of the most popular uses for a basement is as a media room. The relative darkness, large-screen television and comfy seating combine for a theater-like experience, as found in this Minnesota basement by Grace Hill Design.
The lower level doesn’t have any windows (except in the bedroom), so designer Kristi Patterson used an earthy palette to evoke a cabin-like setting while keeping the space cozy, light and airy. Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter wall paint and the carpet in a similar hue “keep the space light and monochromatic,” Patterson says. The large flat-screen TV is hung on a bold accent wall clad in Tavern oak from Artistry Hardwood Flooring’s Heritage collection, which was left over from the new floors added upstairs. Sconces on either side of the TV provide ambience.