Grand Vie Fall/Winter 2017 - East

Seating Media rooms are the ideal space for family gatherings, entertaining friends and for kids to hang out. An interior designer can help plan your room to maximize seating. If you have a platform or multilevel media room, motion and theater seating are popular choices. You may opt for theater seating on the back row and a sofa or sectional on the lower level. Recently, we’ve seen sofas with a double chaise become more popular. We’ve even designed custom ottomans on casters that roll between chaises to allow everyone to kick up their feet. If your media room is all on one level, a sofa and chairs or a sectional might be the best option. Seating fabric Leather is a popular option for seating material. It’s durable and offered in a variety of colors. For those desiring a true blackout effect, black leather is a simple choice that won’t distract from movie viewing. For those wanting a bolder, more playful look, a media room is the perfect spot to have some fun with color. High-performance or outdoor fabrics are highly suggested for sofas, chairs and sectionals. Stay away from busy fabrics for the seats; rather, introduce pattern through decorative pillows. Flooring Carpeting is ideal for a media room. Wood and tile are not good for acoustics. When selecting your carpeting, think plush. It is likely that when kids have parties or sleepovers many of them will end up viewing the movie — or sleeping — on the floor. Search for plush piles and a nice, thick carpet pad to go underneath. Your carpet choice offers a great opportunity to introduce pattern into the room. A place to dine Designate a space for dining in order to contain snacking and meals to one area. Pub Shay Geyer , owner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings , has a passion for interiors and interior products that makes creating beautiful spaces for clients a true dream job. Her vibrant personality and personal approach to design often land her high-profile and lifelong clients who trust her not only with their primary homes but also vacation homes across the country. Shay has served as the design expert for WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” since 2006. Her design segments may be seen on the show every Friday morning. Find her at: Instagram: @DesignerShay Photography by Dan Piassick tables come in a variety of sizes and shapes. If you have a large media room, or if your media room and game room are combined, a game table can double as a dining table. Storage Built-in cabinetry or a media console can help conceal your media equipment and remotes. It can also house blankets and extra pillows for ultimate comfort on movie night. Snack Bar Custom built-ins with all of the bells and whistles are all the rage right now. Candy/snack bars offer true movie theater ambience right in your home. Many clients opt for a built-in microwave, as opposed to an actual popcorn machine. As fun as popcorn machines look, they can be quite difficult to clean. Lighting Dimmable lighting is a must. Rope and LED lighting are fabulous choices for platform stairs and tray ceilings. Sconces or pendant lighting can be used in bar and kitchenette areas of your media room. These considerations will ensure the best result for your family — and a design you’ll enjoy for years to come. 16