If you’re like me, the term “media room” sounds like you need an extra wing in your house to set one up. But today’s modern media rooms don’t have to be expansive theater rooms, in fact, most aren’t. The term media room today applies to any multipurpose space or extra room in your house with a large flat-screen television, or a pull-down screen with a projector that you dedicate for watching football with friends or gathering around comfy chairs and sofas for family movie night like we do.
Like any other space in your house, you can spend as much money and time as you want on a media room. There are so many great photos out there you can use for inspiration, and sometimes all you need is a little ingenuity and creativity, and you can create a spectacular, low-budget media room that’ll become the go-to room in your house.
When I was looking for some ideas for our own family media room, I came across this photo. While I’m not sure if I like the starkness of this pastel and white pallet, (in fact, during my research, I’ve learned that you should go with neutral dark paint colors such as browns, grays, and even black for a media room to minimize distracting light bouncing off the ceiling and walls) I do love the clean lines of the wall shelving. We have a lot of DVDs in our library at home that we don’t want to part with, so I was trying to think of a creative way to store them that didn’t require boxes or clunky bookshelves – I like a streamlined, de-cluttered look.
If you are a DIY buff like I am, you’re always looking for things you can make yourself rather than buying pre-made versions. Sometimes you can find the pre-built items for less than you can make them, but I’d almost always rather do something myself if I can – it’s therapy in its own way. You can create your own media storage wall unit by installing strips of prefinished trim, evenly spaced (or not), to act as a decorative touch and then add shelves to hold your DVDs, CDs, and brightly colored knick-knacks for a pop of color (you will find step-by-step instructions on how to build your own shelves in the creative projects section of this site). You can buy the trim and even wide moulding to use as shelves at your nearest Lowe’s or Ace Hardware.
I’m still planning our own media room; you can see my inspiration and ideas for projects on my Pinterest board. Let me know what ideas you’ve come up with for your own room!