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Light your media room with Hudson Valley Sheffield! Photo credit: Mediterranean Home Theater by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior DesignWe recently published an article on lighting media rooms for the sports fans among us, but we do definitely understand that many folks are not sports fans. However, they still deserve great lighting in their media rooms too–because everyone does! So today, we’re going to spotlight some strategies for the perfect lighting for watching TV and movies, even if you couldn’t care less about sportsball.

Layering your lighting is still crucial for the media rooms of non-sports fans.An outdoor wall lantern can be used to bring some rustic charm to a media room. Photo credit: Traditional Home Theater by Salt Lake City Interior Designers & Decorators Harman Wilde Having lots of options is great because you can easily alter the mood of the room just by deciding which fixtures to have on in which configuration and how bright they should be. You can also see better, so you won’t feel eyestrain or discomfort when you’re 6 hours deep in a marathon of How the States Got Their Shapes. (A personal favorite.)

There are three main lighting layers to consider:

1. Ambient lighting. Ceiling flush and semi-flush mounts, chandeliers, large pendants, track lighting and ceiling fans with light kits are some of the main ways to get ambient lighting. Recessed cans are also an option.

Use wall sconces that shine light up and down to create this moody media room look. Photo credit: Contemporary Home Theater by Other Metro Photographers Elad Gonen2. Task lighting. Table lamps are the most common source of task lighting for the living or media room. They’re stylish and helpful for tasks like reading, crafting or doublescreening it while watching shows that demand to be talked about in the moment (Scandal, anyone?). Floor lamps can provide task lighting as well as ambient lighting.

3. Accent lighting. These fixtures bring small, often adjustable, bursts of light to little areas that need it. Wall sconces and smaller pendants are popularly used, but specially-focused recessed cans and track lighting can serve as accent fixtures too.

You should also consider using dimmers on your light fixtures. Dimmers are especially easy to add to lamps, but are available for wall sconces and overhead ambient lights as well.Use torchiere-style wall sconces like Kalco Santa Barbara to get this media room look. Photo credit: Mediterranean Home Theater by Scottsdale Interior Designers & Decorators VM Concept Interior Design Studio Do like at a movie theater and dim the lights before the show starts to let people know it’s time for the main event. Or keep just one light on and turned down low if the movie is scary and you need to know that a monster won’t get you.

Let’s take a look at some media rooms, completely devoid of sports decor, that would make a perfect place for watching TV or movies. We can also help you get the lighting looks from each photo.

The wall sconces here spotlight the structures of the walls. (For a similar look, try the .) There’s a showbiz-style spotlight in the corner that might be a fun, if bright and narrowly-concentrated, way to add more light. A great variety of color comes from the one large sectional couch and the two ottomans, while the two tables are a great place to stash drinks and snacks.

This media room is just stunning. Fun, colorful, cozy, featuring lots of soft surfaces and multiple tiers of seating so everyone can see–there’s a lantern-style wall sconce (an outdoor wall light would work super well here) over on the wall and recessed downlighting in the ceiling.

Use simple, stylish flush mount lights to get this media room look. Photo credit: Contemporary Home Theater by Westerville Home Builders Romanelli & Hughes Custom Home Builders Use sleek saber sconces to get this sci-fi loving media room look. Photo credit: Contemporary Home Theater by Baltimore Home Media Design & Installation Gramophone


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