Forget “one size fits all” in media-room décor. Our options vary according to space, budget and how many will be watching. These ideas range from simple to elaborate.
BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB
1. Tradition reigns
The 134-inch wide Cortina Grand Entertainment Wall by Aspenhome has room for a 60-inch television, a display shelf with three-way touch lighting, a gamer drawer, storage drawers and a component area with glass so the remote can be used without opening the doors. Suggested retail is $8,999. Available at Baer’s (see www.baers.com for locations) and El Dorado (see www.eldoradofurniture.com for locations).
2. Lighting your fire
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a real fireplace. (And, if you do have one, you can void your warranty if you hang your flat-screen television over it). The Palisades Home Theater Electric Fireplace by ClassicFlame, a Delray Beach-based company, provides a safe alternative. It features a poplar wood frame with hand-rubbed aging details and brushed nickel pulls. Suggested retail is $999. Available at El Dorado (see www.eldoradofurniture.com for locations).
3. Clean contemporary
If you are one of those folks who prefers clean lines, this open entertainment unit does the trick. It has space for books and objet d’art and provides a contrast with plain panels. Price upon request. Available at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33487, 561-862-0800, www.sklarfurnishings.com.
4. Surround seating
Who says beauty can’t be functional? This Surround sectional from Natuzzi Italia is great for watching television or just listening to music. It features an MP3 docking station and audio kit with router. It starts at $8,000. Available at Natuzzi Italia, The Galleria, 2568 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33304, 954-561-6999; and 18167 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 33160, 305-932-8007. Also Ensemble Collection, 1900 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33304, 954-467-8353; and The Design Center of The Americas,1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 33004, 954-922-2004.
5. Recline in style
Forget the stereotype of ugly, old-school recliners. The Drew Comfort Recliner combines form with function. This chair not only looks good, it offers several positions, independent back and footrest operation, an adjustable headrest and a height adjustable base. It is available in more than 200 leathers, fabrics and Ultrasuedes and starts at $2,795. Available at Sklar Furnishings, 6300 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33487, 561-862-0800, www.sklarfurnishings.com.
6. Wall candy
One of the best ways to decorate the walls in your media room is to hang posters of your favorite movies. How about a poster of Titanic to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking? Other options run the gamut from Casablanca to Pirates of the Caribbean. The 28-by-40 inch posters are high-quality giclée (fine art digital prints) on canvas and sell for $125 each. Image size can be customized. Available at Art Connection, 2860 Center Port Circle, Pompano Beach, 33064, 954 977-8177, www.artconnectionusa.com.