SET THE SCENE
Surprisingly, the primary factor in your media room’s performance is not the screen, or even the sound system, but the room itself. Like cinemas and theatres, media rooms should always be
THE BIG SCREEN
The video display is the crown jewel of any good entertainment system, so it’s worth carefully weighing up the models on offer to ensure you settle on one that’s perfect for you. The TV market is constantly evolving – both in terms of technology and price – and there are now more options than ever before! LED-backlit LCD TVs and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs are currently the most common technologies on the market, with plasma-screen televisions now largely discontinued. Offering incredible picture quality, reduced power consumption and fast response times, OLED TVs are currently the highest-grade option on the market. When it comes to picture quality, you’ll want to think carefully about your TV’s pixel-perinch density. Definition refers to the number of pixels on the screen; more pixels mean a higher resolution. Anything above 1920 x 1080 pixels is generally considered high definition, while ultrahigh definition – also known as 4K – refers to a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Both LED-backlit LCD TVs and OLED TVs are widely available in ultra-high definition form. For a truly engaging viewing experience, consider a curved-screen TV. The slightly rounded screen creeps into your peripheral vision to improveimmersion and draw you deeper into the world you’re watching. Keep in mind that curved screens are only effective on a larger scale, so if you’re looking at models that are less than 65 inches wide, it’s probably best to opt for a traditional flat screen. Ideally, the distance between your seating area and your video display should be 1.5–2.5 times the diagonal width of your screen. For example, if you have a 60-inch-wide TV, you should sit at least 7.5 feet away from the screen. If you have a larger room and want a video display that’s above 95 inches, consider a home-theatre projector and screen.
A well-designed media room should deliver a truly cinematic experience, which means your
THE FURNISHING TOUCHES
Technology is only one aspect of a welldesigned media room; the right furnishings are equally crucial to creating a space where family members will want to come together to enjoy TV, music and video games. If you’re looking for a versatile seating arrangement that can accommodate a large amount of people, you can’t go past a modular sofa. Whether you need a long sofa, a corner sofa or any shape in between, modular sofas afford great flexibility and can be arranged to suit your space. Be sure to choose a design that features 20- to 22-inch cushions, as this size will ensure everyone has enough room to spread out comfortably, without having to sit on a seam. Designed for comfort and relaxation, plush recliner armchairs will elevate your media room to luxurious levels. Many models feature cup holders or in-arm storage, which makes them the ideal choice if you like to snack while watching movies or TV shows. Perfect for a row or semicircle arrangement, recliner armchairs will help you create the perfect entertaining space.
CORDS AND CLUTTER
From cables and receiver boxes to remote controls and DVDs, there’s much to consider when organising your media room. Fortunately, you can easily bring order to your space by investing in some smart storage solutions. While many Australians stream content online nowadays, a large majority still have considerable DVD, CD and vinyl collections. In-built joinery such as floor-to-ceiling open shelving will save space and allow you to proudly display your painstakingly curated collection of films or LPs. If you’d prefer to keep them out of sight, opt for sleek freestanding cabinets instead Available in a wide range of sizes, finishes and designs, media units are a storage necessity. Ideal for housing controllers, electrical manuals and Blu-ray or DVD players, media units are also a great platform for your TV. If you’d rather conceal your TV when it’s not in use, choose a media unit with doors you can close over the screen. One of the biggest challenges in any media room is effectively hiding the many wires, cables and cords that come with the territory. While wireless TVs, speakers and sound bars are steadily increasing in popularity, most technological devices still require you to wrangle a cord or two.
PICK YOUR PROPS
Hollywood-inspired décor is a great way to bring a touch of movie magic to your media room. Set the scene with a range of cinematic accents that