How to Create the Modern Media Room

Today I am sharing three examples of theater and game rooms from my recent projects that all have a fresh modern look. Take a look how we used plush seating, soft throws, beautiful vintage textiles, and oversize movie screens to create perfect spaces for lounging around and hanging out at home.


Brio Project

In our Brio Project, we reimagined the home theater. Typically dark and cave-like, movie rooms are often functional, but not pretty. We wanted this space to feel inviting but still match the home’s fresh airy aesthetic.

We kept things bright with light neutral carpeting and white leather reclining movie seats. For color and texture, we then layered in soft throws and vintage textile pillows. We used both coffee and side tables to create spaces for snacks and drinks.

Layers of lighting are important in any media space. We used overhead recessed lighting and wall sconces so that the room could go from bright light, to dimmed, to complete darkness perfect for movie watching. Although the screen is the main focus in a theater room, because we wanted the room to feel pretty on it’s own and not just useful, art on the wall beautifies the space.


Heber Project

In the theater/game room of our Heber House Project collaboration with Jamie Bellessa, we created a comfortable family space for hanging out. We used dark kid-friendly upholstery but kept the space bright and fresh with light neutral accents and light warm woods.

An oversize sectional can seat a crowd comfortably and has a more conversational feel than home theater seating. Soft faux-fur bean bags add a plush comfortable vibe to the space and also make sure that everyone has somewhere to lounge.

Pillows and throws make a space comfortable and inviting. Here we used vintage French grain sack and indigo batik to create pretty layers of pattern.

A console table with large baskets underneath provide plenty of storage for games, blankets, or hiding away wires and game consoles while not in use. Off the main room is a cozy nook with a round table and chairs for games. Even though the entire space is carpeted, we used rugs to define different areas and to create even greater softness.


Arboles Project

Even a small space can be converted to incorporate both a game and media room. In our Arboles Project, a small space at the top of the stairs was transformed into a fresh hang-out room. Because the whole family would be using the space, we made sure it was durable enough for kids but without sacrificing comfort and beauty for the adults.

A dark wool rug grounds the space and protects the light carpet from dirt. A light clean-lined couch keeps the space feeling airy. We used a durable fabric for the couch and made sure it was comfortable enough for movie watching. Beautiful textiles add rich warmth to the space, as does the useful brass side table.

Custom built-ins under the windows paired with a white tulip table add storage and a place for homework, snacks, and games.


For a room that your family and guests will love, keep your media feeling fresh and modern with an airy light foundation layered with comfortable furniture, soft throws, useful tables, and layers of beautiful textiles.

Happy Monday!




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