Decorating an Entertainment Room

Media Room Ideas for Maximum Entertainment

If you love to entertain, chances are you’ve thought about designing a media room dedicated to parties and fun nights spent with family and friends. While the concept of designating a separate space may seem overwhelming at first, with the right seating, lighting and media room decor, creating your own entertainment hub can be easy.

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What’s the Difference Between a Media Room and a Theater Room?

When designing a new space for entertaining, consider whether you want a media room or a theater room and think about the differences between the two. The room’s intended purpose, your family’s television or gaming habits and your entertainment goals will help you determine which setup is best for your needs.

Media Room
Traditionally, a media room is a space that everyone can enjoy together. Furniture layouts in these entertainment rooms encourage watching TV as well as conversation. Cocktail and end tables offer a stable surface for drinks and keep remotes nearby when you need to pause the movie for bathroom breaks or a pizza delivery.

The media room is a place where guests talk, mingle, eat food and enjoy the evening's entertainment.
The media room is a place where guests talk, mingle, eat food and enjoy the evening's entertainment.

Theater Room
Theater rooms function more like a real-life cinema. Seating should ensure optimal wide-screen TV viewing, and windows may have blackout curtains rather than blinds. Movie buffs with home theater rooms often install state-of-the-art sound systems, too. In this type of room, guests enjoy films in relative silence, and the emphasis is on the movie rather than conversation.

The Benefits of a Media Room

A complete home theater setup is the dream for many movie buffs. However, media rooms are a better option for those who prefer to entertain by hosting game day get-togethers and throwing casual parties, especially when what’s on the screen is secondary to drinks, food and lively conversation. When choosing how to design your home entertainment room, consider some of these other benefits:

Reclining sectionals help you create an adaptable layout for movie nights and parties.
Reclining sectionals help you create an adaptable layout for movie nights and parties.
  • Mobility: A media room makes it easier for guests to move around and chat throughout the night while still enjoying movies and shows together.
  • Inclusivity: Instead of having to sit still for several hours at a time, young kids can roam around and play in a media room while parents chat during viewing parties.
  • Adaptability: Home theaters are great for watching movies, but media rooms allow more versatility for enjoying movie nights, hosting the big game, arranging karaoke sessions and more. With such an adaptable setting, you’re ready to party on any occasion.

Must-Have Media Room Furniture

When outfitting your media room, you’ll need to arrange tables, seating and storage to suit your family and guests. Your entertainment room ideas and goals along with sturdy support for your flatscreen, surfaces for drinks, seating and convenient storage solutions are all factors you’ll want to consider. Once you know your media room’s purpose, getting the right furniture is key.

Do you want a space to entertain large groups of people during big events, or do you envision a cozy TV room to enjoy shows and movies with the family?

Whichever you choose, getting the right furniture for your layout is key.

Furniture Ideas
Your TV room plans should include a safe place for all your devices. Sturdy consoles provide spacious surfaces for big-screen televisions, while larger wall units have shelves, cabinets and cubbies to store devices and display decor. Plan your purchase carefully to ensure gaming systems, speaker components, cable boxes and receivers stay within reach of your flatscreen’s various media inputs.

Here are a few TV room ideas to consider for your space:

TV Stands:

A TV stand delivers big entertainment in a small space. With nooks large enough for game consoles and media players, along with cord cutouts, you’ll have access to all your devices without the clutter. Want to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your get-togethers? Search for TV console tables with a built-in electric fireplace.

More TV stand styles to consider:

Wall Units:

If you’ve got plenty of vertical space to work with, a wall unit comes equipped with spacious drawers, cubbies, shelves and cupboards to keep your electronics organized. Look for designs and finishes that coordinate seamlessly with the rest of your entertainment room furniture.

Consider these colors for wall units: white, gray, or brown.

End Tables:

Provide family and guests with an easily accessible spot for drinks and appetizers with a set of end tables for your layout. Many models come with convenient drawers to store remotes and controllers, so you always know where to find them on movie or game night.

End table styles:

Coffee Tables

A coffee table offers houseguests a place to prop up their feet and keep their favorite drink nearby. More spacious than an end table, you can serve trays of food and still have plenty of space for game controllers and beverages. For a coordinated look, opt for a living room table set that includes pieces to place at the front and sides of your sofa or sectional.

Consider these coffee table shapes: oval, rectangle, round or square.

Seating

Comfortable seating is essential for any entertainment room, but ask yourself a few questions before you decide on a sofa and chairs. Will you be hosting parties or just entertaining a few friends? How big is your space? Where do you want the focus of the party to be? Once you have the answers to these questions, check out a few of the following choices:

SECTIONALS

Whether you choose a set for a laid-back media room or a home cinema, sectionals have ample space for you and your guests to sink in, sprawl out and kick back during large get-togethers. To design a theater seating layout, browse for sofas with handy cup holders and other convenient extras.

Power-reclining sectionals with cinema-style extras like foldout consoles, cup holders, individual seat lighting and LED strips to illuminate pathways are ideal seating for darkened theater rooms.

RECLINERS

Recreate the theater experience in your media room with a couple of recliners, and give guests their own lounge space that adjusts to the perfect viewing angle. Ideal for game day and movie marathons, many chairs come with built-in USB ports for added convenience. Recliners with leather or microfiber upholstery are also easy to clean in case of accidental spills.

Other available recliner colors from Rooms To Go:

SEATING SETS

Looking for a budget-friendly option to outfit the entire room? Seating sets offer a curated look that gives you everything you need for your TV room with one convenient purchase. Choose from 10 pc collections that come with coordinating table sets and lighting, or opt for a smaller sofa, loveseat and chair set so you can choose your favorite accent tables, pillows and lamps, instead.

Storage

Often overlooked when decorating, the right storage options prevent media rooms from becoming cluttered or overcrowded. . You can also use them to put Blu-ray collections or movie memorabilia on display. If you aren’t sure where to begin, there are plenty of chic pieces to keep your space neat, tidy and company-ready.

BOOKCASES

Stylish and functional, casual bookcases let you display movies, speakers and voice-controlled smart devices. Bookshelves are also perfect for movie buffs who want to showcase autographed photos, film props or figurines and other collectibles. Additionally, if you want to host book clubs, roomy bookcases are ideal for keeping best-sellers organized in your media room.

SHELVING

Strong, sturdy shelving allows you to store and display your favorite media or movie memorabilia. Some accent cabinets and TV consoles offer built-in shelves so you can organize everything in one place. For more flexibility, get creative and show off your decor using a layering effect by mounting individual shelves vertically on the wall.

STORAGE OTTOMANS AND BENCHES

Instead of pairing a coffee table with your leather sofa or armchair, opt for a storage ottoman. Keep extra blankets stowed away until you need them for a night of cozy binge-watching and use the spacious tops to hold drinks or serve as extra seating during parties. Large ottomans and storage benches with smooth, flat surfaces also work beautifully for an evening of board games with family and friends.

Spacious compartments hold throws, extra pillows and game controllers to keep your media room neat and organized.
Spacious compartments hold throws, extra pillows and game controllers to keep your media room neat and organized.

Lighting

Having several lighting options ensures that you’re ready for any occasion. After-dinner drinks call for low ambient light, but you may want to brighten things up for game night. Ultimately, lighting is the key to setting the mood in your entertainment room, so variety is everything.

Think carefully about the purpose of your media room before you decide on an overhead lamp or opt to mount fixtures in key places throughout the room.
Think carefully about the purpose of your media room before you decide on an overhead lamp or opt to mount fixtures in key places throughout the room.

Overhead Lighting and Sconces:

Save space and keep your home well-lit with a chic chandelier or a set of wall-mounted sconces. Pendant lamps come in a variety of styles, so you can go as glamorous or low-key as you want. Think carefully about the purpose of your media room before you decide on an overhead lamp or opt to mount fixtures in key places throughout the room.

Want more customization from your theater or media room chandelier? Look for hanging lamps with adjustable shades that let you direct lighting away from your flatscreen to reduce glare during movie nights.

FLOOR LAMPS

Standing lamps offer versatility and mobility. If you decide to change things up later, you can always move them to a different outlet. Floor lamps with adjustable light fixtures and dimmer settings offer additional versatility, which is ideal for those who like to knit or crochet during family movie marathons without lighting up the whole room.

Table Lamps:

Scatter a set of table lamps around your entertainment room so you can customize your lighting as needed. With multiple table lamps, you can easily dim or brighten your lights to create the ideal mood for your get-together. It’s also easy to position table lamps behind the TV to avoid light reflections and keep images sharp on the screen.

Think Outside of the Box

There are plenty of less traditional lighting options to consider, too. Ideal for small spaces, some corner entertainment stands have built-in fireplaces that cast a warm flickering glow. Other console tables feature LED backlighting to take your viewing party to the next level.

Decor

DECORATING MEDIA ROOMS AND HOME THEATERS

Adding decorative accents around your media room in coordinating colors and styles offers a cohesive, finished look. Choosing interesting wall art or topping your TV stand with decor or plants also allows you to give the space a more personalized feel. Whether you prefer strictly stylish pieces or chic yet practical accents, there are several choices to consider.

SCULPTURES

Enhance your media room’s motif and showcase your personal tastes with abstract or realistic sculptures for your shelves or end tables. For a home theater room, consider decor that captures film-making or camera-related themes or use pieces that evoke a classic Hollywood vibe.

Using artwork and other decor that reflect a room's purpose helps unify the look and adds personality to your design.
Using artwork and other decor that reflect a room's purpose helps unify the look and adds personality to your design.

VASES

Whether you prefer modern glass or a sleek contemporary metal vessel, there’s an “>accent vase to coordinate with any look. While offering their own decorative touch, vases also let you brighten up your media room with some fresh flowers or faux greenery.

Vases and sculptures add a bit of character to your media room. Use them as entertainment center decor to boost your color palette or add to the room's overall motif.
Vases and sculptures add a bit of character to your media room. Use them as entertainment center decor to boost your color palette or add to the room's overall motif.

WALL ART

Canvas art and wall hangings bring texture and color to your layout. Hanging unique artwork on your media room walls gives it a finished, polished look. Choose pieces that coordinate with your color scheme, or consider adding polished metal wall decor as contrast in a media room filled with wood and leather furnishings.

AREA RUGS

Reduce noise from your TV or sound system with a plush carpet or mat. Coordinating patterns and hues give any room more visual appeal, and you can easily clean a low-pile rug with a quick vacuuming session once the festivities are over. Since they’re available in a range of colors, shapes, sizes and prints, finding the right “>area rug for your room is a breeze, too.

ACCENT PILLOWS

Throw pillows also help dampen sound in your media room, in addition to keeping you comfortable when you’re binge-watching a new show. Arrange a few casual toss pillows on a couch to create a cozy vibe while guests enjoy the latest blockbuster, or add a rectangle cushion or two for some extra lumbar support when the game goes into overtime.