It’s One Room Challenge time again. I’m excited to be redecorating our Media Room this time around. It’s the least decorated room in our house. We purchased theater chairs and had a screen and projector installed soon after we moved into this house three years ago and nothing more has been done since then. Here’s how it looks now:
Our home builder designed the room with two small stairs on each side of the seating area. I like the symmetry of this arrangement, but it only allows us to have three theater seats. It was such a narrow space between the two sets of stairs, that we basically bought the only theater seats I could find where three seats would fit in the space. We are just a family of three, but it would nice to have extra seating for when my parents visit or my daughter, Tabitha, has friends over. The half wall with the granite counter is awkward. We could put bar stools behind it, but that wouldn’t be comfortable seating for movie watching. My plan is to remove the half wall and add two additional seats. I’d like to use seating that we already own and make it coordinate with the theater seating. Here are a couple of examples from Pinterest where two different styles of seating were used in media rooms– I like that the additional seating makes the room look less theater-like and more residential:
As far as the design of the room goes, I was first drawn to these two rooms:
I’m starting with the chocolate brown of the leather theater seats. I was thinking I’d add either purple like in the Albert Hadley room or turquoise like in Jonathan Adler’s room above. However, I have a lot of lavender and turquoise in my house already and I’m drawn to adding more of a peacock blue with the brown. That started me thinking of James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. I first saw this room at the Freer Gallery when I was a new interior designer and had just moved to Washington, DC for my first design job. It’s amazing. I don’t want my media room to be this amazing because no one would be able to focus on the movies. But I’d like to capture a little of its whimsy and richness.
This is my seventh ORC. Click the images below if you would like to see my past project reveals:
If your home needs a little pulling together, I highly recommend the One Room Challenge as the kick in the pants you (well, at least I) need to get it done.
Please check out the other One Room Challenge participants and guest participants. Thank you to Linda at CallingItHome for graciously hosting us!