6 Media Room Ideas from Home Theaters to Soundproof Walls

Have you ever dreamed of having a really cool media room with a big screen TV, surround sound and more? Well dream no more. Here are interior design expert Anitra Mecadon’s tips for making that dream come true.

Smart TVs are smartest

While some people want a giant screen and projector, large smart TVs have better clarity, crispness, color and 3D – and there are always sales going on, especially around holidays.

Newest technology is best

There’s no question it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest in media room technology, such as wireless surround sound, but it’s worth your time to do some research online. It’s also worth paying a little extra to have a media specialist advise you on the latest technology, where to put electrical outlets and how to manage and hide unsightly cords – and most important, install everything.

Sound control is essential

When creating a media room, it’s easy to get caught up in the technology of screens, speakers and whether to go Ultra High Def. But it’s just as important to think about keeping sound in – or out. While there’s no such thing as completely soundproof drywall, SoundBreak® XP® Drywall can drastically reduce the noise heard between rooms. It’s also mold and moisture resistant – which helps if your media room is in a basement – and is as easy to install as standard drywall.

Seating is more than chairs

In the coolest media rooms today, home theater seating is no longer just regular chairs. Think about sectional sofas, reclineres, actual theater seats, high-end bean bag chairs or even daybeds — the operative words being viewing angle and comfort.

Lighting is huge

Whether it’s color-changing LED lights on dimmers to sound bars that will blow you away — lighting adds the high-tech, glam, real movie theater feeling that makes your media room more like the real thing.

Extras up the ante

If it’s a mini-movie theater you’re after, there’s always the hidden snack station, cup holders and buttered popcorn machine to take it to the next level.

Want more media or rec room ideas? Follow the Oliphants, our PURPLE-to-Perfect Contest winners, as they work with Anitra Mecadon to turn their Olathe, Kan., basement into a family-friendly space.