In our Autumn 2008 issue, we introduced the ultra-controversial topic of TV placement (The Great TV Debate – Show or Stow?). Feedback from our readers indicates that many of you have very strong opinions on the matter, but we’re still happy to play Switzerland between the warring camps. While we can be fairly neutral about TV placement, what we can’t abide are ill-conceived, characterless media rooms. Since most families spend significant time in their media room, it stands to reason that it should be one of the most comfortable, inviting, beautiful, and functional rooms of the home. Granted, it’s all about the TV, but it doesn’t have to look like it.
For this large-scale media room in Southern California, we wanted to make sure it worked well for big Super Bowl parties, as well as intimate nights with Netflix. Ample, overstuffed upholstery provides great comfort while strong colors, exposed wooden beams and rich fabrics lend warmth and character to the space. When the TV is off, the star of the show is the Renaissance-inspired frescoes that depict local flora and fauna within the design – just one of those special touches that turn a house into a home.
For this more modern media room in upstate New York, we designed custom seating in a large U to provide optimal TV viewing, expand the sense of space, and foster great cocktail conversation in the round. The sectional makes for the perfect place to curl up with a book or the latest flick, while the rough-hewn coffee table serves double duty as a footrest or a place for snacks. The custom cabinet (below) has simple bi-fold doors that make the TV elegantly invisible when not in use.
No matter where you choose to put your TV, great comfort and great style should always go hand in hand in the media room.