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
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
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
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
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
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.