Decorating around a large projection screen in your living room or media room may seem like an impossible task. It's actually quite simple if you plan ahead. Everything you put into the room should have a purpose, whether it serves to decorate or enhance your home movie experience, and many items can do double duty and serve both purposes. Your living room should be comfortable and reflect your lifestyle and decorating style.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Paint the walls in a colour that's neutral or goes with your colour scheme. The walls should not compete with the movie or draw attention away from the screen.
Arrange your seating furniture, such as sofas, chairs, or theatre seating around the projector screen to promote the optimal viewing experience. The furniture arrangement should also lend itself to easy conversation, such as in a semicircle or "U" shape, if the room is used for entertaining beyond movie watching.
Set up the projector screen and media equipment. Use cabinets or curtains to disguise or hide the projector and screen, if that is your intent. Automatic roll-up screens are also available, which make the screen less obtrusive on your decor when it's not in use.
Hang framed artwork or posters on the wall to convey the ambience you want. For example, if your living room is primarily used for watching movies, frame your favourite movie posters for a cinema feel. If not, choose artwork or pictures that you wish to display and that work with your colour scheme and theme.
Install or add lighting for each purpose the room is used for. Small track lighting can highlight artwork or allow for a dimmed lighting during movie watching. General lighting should be added for everyday use, such as playing board games or visiting. Focused lighting or lamps should be placed next to chairs or areas where you read. Add dimmers to the main lights to add to the cinema experience.
Accessorise the rest of the living room with decorative items that fit in. Use candles, houseplants, vases, plates, or even statues and keepsakes from your favourite movies.
Tips and warnings
- Use a common colour scheme or theme to tie all of the decor together.
- If curtains, shelves or retractable projector screens are not an option, consider placing a folding screen or other decorative item that can easily be removed.
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