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Filipinos are known as movie buffs, natural singers and entertainers, and sports enthusiasts. They love enjoying their free time bonding with their family and friends on a simple movie night, a fun karaoke session, or even a big boxing game of a famous Filipino boxer. Most families would cater their guests in a living room, but we can’t deny that a lavish and comfortable media room is the dream of every home owner. Some like it large and spacious, so that they can accommodate plenty of guests and throw a party or two, while others like it small and cozy, to ensure that it offers them privacy and a chance to share a few intimate, special moments.

Whatever occasion or simple bonding time you want to celebrate, the captivating screen, perfect acoustics and grand design make the modern media room simply a must have for every home that wishes to call itself complete. Here are some great ideas on creating the perfect media room for your home.

1. How to make a media room out of a small area?

Media rooms and home theaters are an increasingly popular feature in homes. Two major benefits are that they boost a home's entertainment value as well as its potential resale value. If you're planning to install a media room in your home but space is limited, you'll want to explore these small media room design ideas to ensure you maximize the square footage you have to work with and provide a comfortable and entertaining space for family members and guests.

Prior to deciding on the small media room design, you'll need to decide on a location for this entertainment hub. The most important features of a media room are light and sound. It's important to place your media room in the space where you'll have as much control as possible over these key elements. For this reason, popular locations for small media rooms are basements, adjacent to living rooms, or in spare guest bedrooms; places that are self-contained, quiet, and won't interfere with the home's day-to-day operation when in use.

Once you've decided on a location for your small media room, it's time to start thinking about technical, audio-visual and design requirements. First up, you'll want to investigate your chosen location's suitability for custom wiring—you'll likely need it for lighting, video, audio and internet access. Internet access is recommended, as streaming videos and multiplayer gamings are more popular media room features these days. You'll also want to ensure that you can hide the wiring for lighting and electronics in the room's drywall, or in discrete tubing throughout the room; clumps of wires are an eyesore, and they can be a fire hazard as well.

When the wiring is done, it's time to consider the AV and electronic equipment you'll feature in your media room. Since your space is small, choosing the right size of television or projection screen is a must—you don't want to overwhelm guests with a screen that's too big for the space, or feature one that's too small and doesn't provide enough cinematic feel. A 40-inch flat screen TV should be just right. Ultimately, size matters most for small media rooms. The room's dimensions will go a long way toward determining the size of the TV or projection screen needed, the number of speakers required for your sound system, and the scope of the lighting system.

Once you've procured the AV and electronic equipment for your small media room, it's time to think about the interior design, furniture, and lighting. The scope and layout of the room will be a major consideration when it comes to the amount and type of furniture and accessories you'll choose. In addition, perfect lighting is a major key component in creating that ideal theater feel. While larger media rooms sometimes use a movie-house theme with grand background lighting, smaller rooms are more apt to feel like a traditional family room, with a comfortable configuration of ambient lighting and chairs for guests to utilize while they relax and enjoy the show.

2. Decorating ideas for your media room

A primary consideration when planning your media room decor will be seating—after all, your guests are likely to be sitting down for long stretches in your new media room. Choices are diverse, from plush sofas and comfy armchairs to cinema-style rows of seating. If you're considering the latter with a budget, you may even want to opt for stadium seating within the room itself, so no guests need to endure obstructed views.

You’ll want to think about the specific features of your media room's seating decor.

When you've determined your media room's seating layout, you'll want to consider the room accessories you'll feature. Again your choices will be manifold, from the cinema-themed to the more traditional. For example, if your goal is to emulate a movie-going experience via your media room decor, many companies provide media room curtain designs that reflect the movie-house style. Carpeting and floor lighting can also be installed to further capture the at the movies feel.

Artwork can also be a great feature of any media room. Vintage movie posters or other nods to Hollywood glamour, from movie memorabilia to autographed headshots—adorn the walls of many a media room.

3. Media room lighting ideas

The primary function of media room lighting is to create ambiance, so that guests can enjoy an immersive and entertaining experience without any distractions created by too much or too little lighting. The creation of a cocoon-like, dedicated viewing space is the intent of a media room; that way, guests aren't distracted and can focus on the action on the screen. To achieve this movie-house-like feel, ambient lighting is almost always the best choice. Lamp lighting or suspended lights will almost always reflect on a TV's screen, throw shadows on a projection screen or interrupt a projected image. Keeping your media room lighting scheme as low-profile and integrated with the room's design as possible is always a good place to start.

A few common choices in terms of style and fixtures are often found in media rooms. Wall sconces are great for providing just enough light so that guests can move easily and safely in a darkened space and access those all-valuable theater concessions, but not so much that they'll be distracted from the big screen entertainment. Sconces designed just for media rooms are available in many styles and pricing tiers from home media specialty stores, or from home media departments within big box stores that carry media room accessories.

Track or ceiling lighting is another option for media rooms. Like sconce lighting, ceiling lights with a dimming function can provide just enough ambient light, without over-lighting or disturbing the projection or TV image that guests can see their snacks and move safely inside the space. Track or ceiling lights are available from many home media specialty retailers, or as standalone sets from lighting retailers.

Another potential option for media room lighting is floor lighting. As with traditional movie houses, floor lighting can provide a safety feature that allows guests to see where they're walking regardless of the brightness of the room's other lights. In addition, these lights provide an atmospheric, cinema-style experience and design for your media room.

4. Creating the best media room for your home

Considering all the designing tips and ideas mentioned above, furnishing a family media room truly brings wonders to your imagination and designing skills. Whatever your goal is, here are a few tips for creating the best media room.

Plan Ahead. Carefully choose your budget and draw up concepts. Do you plan to have a wall mounted screen, or one that descends from the ceiling? What kind of seating will you need, and how many guests will fit inside? Make sure you’ve answered these sorts of questions before you begin the project.

Consider multipurpose designs. Some homeowners want to dedicate an entire room just for the purpose of building a home theater, but others may wish to use the room for other purposes – such as hosting parties. A media room may double as a game room or bar.

Focus on lighting. The screen will be a major source of light in the room, and most people prefer extremely dim lighting while watching a movie – if any lighting at all. Choose recessed lighting and simple wall sconces to mimic the look of an authentic cinema.

Comfort is key. Remember that the purpose of a media room is to watch movies, do karaoke, and keep up with television programs such as sports games. In other words, it’s a place to relax. Select plush, comfortable seating with cozy cushions and throw blankets

Aim for simplicity. A media room should have one primary focal point – the screen. Too many distracting designs can detract from this focal point. Instead, choose simple décor to complement the theme of the room and invest on a wide flat screen television. After all, when the lights are dim and the movie is playing, your guests will only be looking at one spot.