Get Inspired by This Warm and Welcoming Media Room

Rich textures, deep cranberry tones and timeless furnishings transform a tiny, humdrum living room into a cozy, elegant space that's equal parts high energy and high tech.
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August 24, 2015
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Before, this small living space lacked color and charm. The addition of all-new furniture injects character and functionality, while a textured wallcovering adds new life to the room's walls, ceiling and fireplace. To hide TV cords, an alcove is made from lumber and planks of paint-grade pine. Keeping the wires concealed inside the alcove allows for a seamless and sophisticated look.

Bold Colors and Textures

An excellent way to keep a deep, rich look without sacrificing light is to choose saturated shades of red then tone them down with an organic texture and a light accent color. Here, the cranberry grasscloth walls infuse the room with much-needed color, keeping it bright with an all-natural appeal. Alternatively, the cool, blue-grey accents add contrast. Explore some of fall's hottest color palettes >>

Upholstered Doors

To dress up the bland, contractor-grade doors, the fronts and backs are wrapped with batting and cranberry-toned faux ostrich vinyl. The finishing touch is the paneled effect created with antique brass nailheads. Get the step-by-step instructions for this upholstered door project >>

Antique Brass Hardware

Many of the design elements throughout the room may seem on trend, but they have a timeless appeal, too. The antique brass finishing on the hardware adds a classic touch to the space.

Mixed Patterns

One of the most difficult aspects of decorating is finding a harmonious mix of patterns. Here, different patterns are used on the throw pillows to add depth and complexity to the space. The key to mixing prints is to use a variety of small, medium and large scales rather than several patterns of the same size.

Faux Bois Ceiling

If you’re looking to transform the ceiling of your own living room without major renovation costs, faux bois wallpaper is a great option. It looks and feels like real wood thanks to its textured surface and forgoes the messy installation or pricey labor costs.

Layered Hues

Layering colors is a secret designers use to enhance and add interest to a room. Here, a shade of cranberry red is seen on the grasscloth, while a mix of worn reds and brick reds are introduced through throw pillows.

Organic Materials

The key to making rooms feel well curated and balanced is the proper mix of organic materials. Nearly every element in this room is made from all-natural materials, including the driftwood floor lamps, Belgian-linen upholstery, cotton draperies, rustic wooden nesting tables and aged-brass hardware.

Outlet Upgrades

The key to good design? Don't forget the small details. Consider upgrading your wall outlets to designer-grade versions that bring in unique finishes and colors. The matte silver tone of this outlet is a cool contrast against the warm grasscloth wallcovering.

Eye-Catching Art

Masculine-style spaces often get the reputation for lacking sophistication, but you don’t have to sacrifice (all!) the fun stuff for a designer look. Swap out collegiate- or sports-themed posters for art that depicts these themes in a unique way. This print of boxing gloves is perfect for a sports fanatic's media room.

Mixed Media

If you’re unsure what type of art is the best fit for your living room, try mixed media pieces. Mixed media art combines various genres, such as folk, abstract, photography and sculpture, to create something truly unique. Here, a piece from Courtney J. Garrett combines photography, paint and texture work to create a rustic vibe that’s also moody.

Modern Pieces

An excellent way to put a fresh spin on a traditional space is to introduce contemporary art. While the key pieces in this room are transitional and classic, the art is more modern and clean. This abstract piece by artist Sally King Benedict brings contrast to the cranberry walls.

Smart Arrangement

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when arranging their living rooms is placing large pieces of furniture against the walls and leaving the center of the rooms open. Instead, consider a floating space plan that involves flanking your space’s focal point with proportionate seating and tables. This will keep the room balanced while also allowing direct access to the TV or focal point.

High-End Switchplates

Add a touch of high-tech style to your media room with high-end switches in modern finishes. This two-way switch has an integrated dimmer that automatically adjusts the lighting with a simple touch.

Relaxed Shades

Although it may seem like a small detail, a window treatment’s pleating style can result in a much different look. For a laid-back touch in this otherwise sophisticated media room, the French doors are dressed with a relaxed Roman shade. In this context, "relaxed" refers to the gentle swoop of the leading edge that adds shape to narrow windows.

Neutral Flooring

Choosing rugs for rooms with heavy traffic can be a daunting task. If you’re looking for something timeless and transitional that also packs a space with rich texture, consider a sisal area rug. Here, the faint flame stitch introduces pattern that’s not overwhelming, while the neutral greige hue balances the vibrant cranberry walls.

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