Recently, a client asked me how to transform their media room which also functions as a music/hangout room for their teenage boys. The room also serves as a dark and quiet place for dad to sleep during the day after a long shift at the hospital. Three purposes in one room for a family of 7 that is not quite 12′ W, but a generous 31′ L. A design challenge for sure!
As you can see in the before pictures, the room was dark and disjointed with different styles of furniture and no organization for the music equipment, the video games or the snack area. There were some great assets in this room already — a movie screen that can be lowered in front of drum set by remote and a snack area with nice cabinets and granite counter top.
We were also designing a game room for this family at the same time and the sofa was the best piece in the room, so we decided to re-use it there as it totally worked with that design scheme. Everything else needed to be specifically designed and space planned to make use of this narrow space.
For the color palette, the room was already painted brown so we decided to just incorporate touches of blue and orange in some fun and colorful accent fabrics and pieces.
This room was in dire need of accent lighting. We added 6 decorative sconces on dimmers, 3 down each side to have the light directed up the roof line and help the room look larger. We also upgrade the existing lone ceiling fixture to coordinate with our new sconces and it has a frosted globe versus a clear one so the light is in the room without the stark glare.
Debut Hit – the Room Reveal….
A cool LED Light Bar mounted behind the new media room drapes highlight the drum set and guitars. It actually can flash to the beat of the music!
The media drapes close to the center and then the movie screen can be lowered by remote for family movie time. I love using drapes behind a media screen when possible because when the movie comes on and the lights go down, the screen just floats like you are in a real movie theater. In this case, the drapes we added make the drum set a focal point that looks good at all times and hides all of the many musical instruments and accessories that these boys have.
The sectional which also has a sleeper is the anchor piece of the furniture plan. The other pieces needed to be easily moveable because the furniture arrangement needs to be a little different for watching movies versus the kids hanging out with their friends for a jam session. The two swivel chairs can be turned to face the drum set or sat along the wall farther back to watch movies at a nice distance. The four cubed ottomans can be moved for seating extra seating as well. A cool set of nesting tables allows for entertaining options while serving drinks and popcorn.
This was a really fun project! The clients first comments to me were….“I can’t believe what a difference the lighting and the curtains mad in the media room!”
We also updated the snack area just a bit, by moving the small fridge to the cabinet below, by just removing a door. This freed up the counter space for a decorative tray on top of microwave for popcorn and candy and a set of canisters for other snacks. Soon after our install, the husband commented to his wife on “how nice it was to have all of the refreshments readily available”. To me, these small changes make a big impact on how my clients use and enjoy their space.
What do you think? Is this a space that your family would enjoy? Share your thoughts….we’d love to hear!