We show you how to create the perfect family-friendly space that celebrates smart technology and sophisticated multipurpose furniture
Image: our multipurpose media roomset moodboard by stylist Kate McPhee
Nowadays, we spend so much of our time using technology it can feel as though as we spend so little quality time with our families - even when we're at home. This multi purpose space is ideal for creating a family-friendly room that offers everyone the chance to spend time together while celebrating the latest in multi-media technology.
Media rooms are all about modular, modern-day living. That’s why they incorporate sleek and sophisticated multi-functional furniture, designed to work with smart tech, as well as hard-working storage ideas.
We show you how to create a multipurpose media room ahead of our roomset reveal at the Ideal Home Show this spring. Think projectors, smart products for lighting and heating, VR-friendly chairs, an area to work out, plus nooks for crafting and homework, all situated in a room with bright coloured walls and a lively ambience.
Make your TV your centrepiece and prime time for your family
Sitting down to watch your favourite show on terrestrial TV is (almost) a thing of the past. With streaming services becoming the more popular form of viewing, you'll need to have a smart TV with superfast broadband to keep the younger members of your family engaged - if Netflix has to buffer, so long family time.
A quality smart TV is the best place to start when creating family zone and multimedia experience that everyone can enjoy. Make sure it's the centrepiece of your media room, placed on a wood console and framed by tropical house plants and simple yet decorative shelves.
Opt for multi-functional furniture
Image: Tom Dixon for IKEA
The rise in popularity of smart tech such as the Amazon Echo and Alexa has created a demand for a 'connected home'. As a result, the industry is evolving more and more everyday household items and furniture to support this connectivity, and ultimately make life easier.
With that in mind, no media room would be complete without multi-function furniture. VR-friendly sofas with USB ports that have been adpated to enhance gaming and viewing experiences, as well as remaining stylish to ensure your home is pretty and practical.
Save space for a creative corner
Not only do media rooms provide a space for endless hours of entertainment for the whole family, but they also double as they perfect study space. As the 'tech hub' of your home, this room will have everything you need to conduct research for lengthy academic projects, so we recommend placing a dark mahogany desk into the corner of a room where light flows in.
Use soft bright colours to create a feature wall to get your creative juices flowing.
Add a pop of colour
Multi-functional furniture in bright colours such as teal and orange provide the perfect backdrop for the latest technology. Choose a velvet fabric sofa so you can enjoy your gaming experience in ultimate comfort, or when snuggling up to watching a HD movie.
Add a sense of fun into the media room scheme by teaming a statement sofa with geometric patterned cushions in complementary colours - and don't forget to choose stylish and practical flooring.