Media Room Decor

Get all the info you'll need on media room decor, and prepare to create a stylish entertainment space in your home.
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If installing a new media room or updating an existing one is on your list of home improvement to-dos, you'll first want to browse various options and styles of media room decor. From dramatic styles that replicate the movie-house experience to more understated designs for smaller rooms, the options are as diverse as the marquee titles at the local megaplex.

Designer Home Theaters and Media Rooms

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Garage Redo

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Under the Sea

Retro Hollywood Style

Cool and Contemporary

Lonely Space Becomes Popular

Rockin' Around the Theater

To the Batcave!

Entry-Level High End

User-Friendly Home Theater Controls

Wooden Elegance

Beneath the Garage

Star-Studded Wonder

High-Dollar Home Theater

Trendy Theater

$6 Million Theater

Personalized Entertainment

High-End Experience

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Hidden Screen and Projector

Rustic Retreat

Combination Media Room and Theater

Framed Artwork TVs

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Multipurpose Entertainment Room

Traditional Meets High Tech

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Great Viewing, Day or Night

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Cozy Retreat

Unobtrusive Design

See It From All Angles

Setting the Stage

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Eco-Friendly Viewing

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Hoop Dreams

For Art's Sake

Lord of the Theaters

1920s-Style Home Theater

A Movie Gold Mine

Beneath the Stars

Accurate Sound Stage

Wow Factor

Room for a Buffet

Futuristic Aesthetic

Sounds Perfect

Mountain Motif

Music Maker

Classic Old-Time Home Theater

Decked-Out Theater

Clean Comfort

Grecian-Style Home Theater

Silver Screen Space

Jaw-Dropping Home Theater

Form and Function

Concealed Audio

Acoustic Wood Detailing

Classic Hollywood Regency Style

Urban Space

Wall of Sound

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, you may even want to opt for stadium seating within the room itself, so no guests need to endure obstructed views (or worse, stare at the back of other guests' heads).

Next up, you'll want to think about the specific features of your media room's seating decor. If you decided on cinema-style seating, many custom media room chair manufacturers offer chair styles equipped with trays or cup holders—key elements if you're interested in having your media room decor reflect the silver-screen experience. Top-of-the-line seating for your media room will often feature sturdy premium fabric or leather upholstery; it may also include ancillary features like moving or vibrating chairs that can respond to the action onscreen. There are, however, less feature-and-budget-rich options for media room designers looking to spend less—traditional armchairs and couches are always a solid option for a cozy entertainment space.

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.

Lastly, lighting will be a key component of your media room decor. Many media room enthusiasts opt for sconces or track lighting in their entertainment spaces, often with a dimming feature that can be controlled remotely to ensure that optimal brightness and darkness levels in the room can be conveniently maintained. LED-style floor lighting may be a good idea, especially if your media room features stadium seating—this safety feature will allow guests to navigate the space in the dark, and it'll provide the added benefit of an authentic movie-style media room experience.

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