If you move into a tract home, there is a good chance that your family room will have a wall cut-out made for a media cabinet. Not only are many media cabinets clunky and expensive, it can also be hard to find one that perfectly fits the dimensions you need. In my designs, I like to fill in this wall cut-out with built-ins. It creates a clean, custom look. So whether you have a wall niche to fill or are looking to refresh your media wall, take a look at today’s ideas for creating media built-ins that fit your style and space.
Combine Shelving and Storage Cabinets
Although I love a few open shelves styled with beautiful books, plants and decorative pieces, this is a perfect space to add storage cabinets. Cabinets can hide wires, sound systems, remotes, and game consoles to keep your space free of clutter.
Make a Rustic Statement with Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood adds warmth and character to these built-ins. I especially love it paired with this concrete fireplace for a touch of industrial modern in the warm space.
Shiplap Adds Interest Without Clutter
If you are in love with the modern farmhouse, adding shiplap to your built-in is a no brainer. The clean lines of shiplap add design to your wall without clutter. Bonus, this pretty built-in by Chris Loves Julia is also DIY and budget friendly.
Keep it Simple with a Built-in Credenza
This minimalist media built-in feels clean and modern. No styled shelves, just a built-in credenza to ground the oversize TV and add storage.
Make a Pretty Statement with Mirrored Cabinetry
Adding detail to your built-ins, like these mirrored cabinet fronts, creates a unique high end feel.
Accent and Add Soft Lighting with Sconces
Sconces above your shelves add another layer of soft lighting to the space, highlight your favorite decorative pieces, and add design to the space. These Double Boston Library Lights from Visual Comfort look especially pretty above these built-ins.
These beautiful dark built-ins painted Sherwin Williams Cyber Space add a bit of edge and contrast in the all white space. The enclosed storage could mean plenty of space for media room extras or you could enclose the entire wall and hide the TV as well.
Build Out Beside your Fireplace
Building shelving beside your fireplace means your TV doesn’t have to be the focal point in the room. You might consider this idea if your media space is also your front room where you welcome guests into your home.
Get Creative with your Shelf Design
Consider adding extra design to your shelves. Diagonal lines on these shelves make them pretty and decorative even without the books and styling.
Add Character with a Library Ladder
A library ladder is a fun detail that looks good and also makes your top shelves more useful now that you can easily reach them.