With sufficient imagination, you can create worlds that you would not deem possible at first glance. This home cinema is located in a room that differs in all fields from the remainders of the house, as was the residents’ wish. Our partner and interior architect Justien Lescouhier presented them with a basement space where, as a family, they can retreat to a special, hidden place that is entirely theirs.
The seventies have been back for a while, and they are not planning on leaving any time soon. Certainly not in this home cinema, because this striking design will capture the heart of many interior lovers for a long time to come. Lescouhier was commissioned to create a space where the family of six can seclude themselves from the everyday chaos and descend to a basement floor for true immersion. Concretely, the goal was to have a recreation room that breaks with the overall aesthetic from their home and, in this way, is literally a micro world on its own. Thanks to the volume in the middle, the surface is divided into two halves. On the one side, a wide sofa invites you to a movie night, whereas on the other side you can explore a cocktail bar and pool table. Not only the function of the room allows to let go temporarily of daily obligations, but also the style of choice is an unmissable instrument for the engaging character of the design. Namely, the interior architect decided to incorporate colour without restraint, using a palette dominated by terracotta. By spending a lot of attention on colour, the room automatically developed a pronounced look. Add to this a deliberate circulation plan and thought-out sight lines, and you are easily heading towards a design with a laid-back and informal constellation.
Popping terracotta tones, rounded contours, and retro elements
Lescouhier quickly felt that the palette of her choice leaned towards the aesthetic that dominated the seventies of the previous century. At the time, it was custom to unite expressive colours with both geometrical patterns and round shapes. This tendency was the result of social and political movements that sketched the landscape of that period. With the needed seasoning, said characteristics served as the foundation of the design for this home cinema. Popping terracotta tones, rounded contours, and retro elements belonged to her best friends for this commission. Moreover, she incorporated a few black details and geometrical prints to create the desired level of contrast. Next to the terracotta colour, you see ochre tones, among others in the orange yellow of the larch wood. The walls were finished with artisanal painting techniques, because of which they developed a tangible texture that is a thankful addition to the retro aesthetic. Furthermore, the material selection contains a striking natural stone called Rosso di Masso. As soon as you enter this hidden space, you are convinced of the convivial atmosphere in which the residents abide. Our eyes also gaze at the coffee tables and the many cushions that make the sofa extra inviting. Patterns are present in exactly the right degree, as well as the decorative objects such as coffee table books and original candles. Next to this, the lighting was neatly incorporated in the walls, so that the whole is able to preserve a continuous calmness. The pool table is, apart from the sofa, of course a second eyecatcher that can ensure many amusing nights. Whether you spend time here with the entire family or are in need of a moment for yourself, a special experience is guaranteed. With this project, interior architect Justien Lescouhier lets us dream of another world. The result is a home cinema like no other. With its roots in the style of the seventies, the design is a beautiful ode to the best of yesteryear, accompanied by a modern frame that will last for a long time to come. Photography by Bert Demasure