Media Room Design Is About More Than the Technology

By Christine Tusher

Technology is only one aspect of media room design. The right furnishings also are key to creating a space in which family members will want to gather to enjoy TV, music, video games and digital media together.

A media room can be the hub of the house, "so it's important to make sure it's comfortable and that nothing is too precious," says interior designer Julia Buckingham of Buckingham Interiors + Design. Whether you're opting for a full home theater setup with a projection TV, or a more low-key approach that simply allows you to enjoy multimedia devices as a family, you'll want to create a versatile space that will function well even as technology evolves.

To break up the bulk of a sofa or sectional, Buckingham likes upholstering the piece in two fabrics, as she did in this space.

"I'll usually cover the back of the sectional in one fabric -- maybe the fabric has some sort of fun pattern -- and then I'll do the seat cushions in a complementary pattern," Buckingham says.

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It's also a good idea to use a piece with an accessible storage area so you can keep the top surface clear of remotes, magazines and coasters.

"I've been using a lot of coffee tables with two levels, so there will be the top level and there will also be a lower shelf," Buckingham says.

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