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Interior Design Ideas: Home theater alternatives

Home theaters seem to have evolved and then devolved in the past decade with a steep uphill climb in the early 2000s that led from couch and tv cabinet to full blown home theaters, complete with popcorn machine, staggered seating and velvet curtains and then quickly away from that to personal media devices like large screen smart phones, tablets and flat screens that really require little or no cabinetry and offer immense creative flexibility for location and room layout.

We wanted to explore new alternative media room options whether it be a den, corner space or cave along with options not so heavy on the wallet.

Pillow home theater nook

This cozy den is minimalist yet warm and cozy. This design idea eliminates the need for space consuming couches and chairs and still offers a snuggly home theater experience  and living space without exorbitant costs. The thick pillow pile is a clever alternative to sofas and chairs and the simple fireplace creates an atmosphere of a warm, welcoming cave not an overwhelming screen room. When can we dive in?

Media room color couch

We loved this design idea to juxtapose to the previous little cave. This home theater den utilizes a small space and effectively so. Continuing the minimalist approach, this media room eliminates the need for more space to accommodate luxurious couches, chairs and the required clearances between them. The room engulfing mega couch delivers enough color to add interest and provides plenty of seating for the whole family and then some to enjoy a fun flick. Great idea for a small unused basement. Fun!

Home theater with palettes

We love the creativity in this palette based Futon design. The theater seating is fun and certainly conducive for some serious movie watching without using a tremendous amount of space. The lounging space can also double as the family/living room, without requiring a room of its own. The staggered design delivers that home theater feel but comes across as fun and livable not stuffy and over the top. The simple palettes could be painted in a number of colors to work with almost any style. Fun, eh?



Florence von Pelet

Florence is a senior editor at Modenus.com. Aside from her natural passion for interiors, kitchens and baths Florence also leads the way on Modenus’ BlogTours around the world so please follow her on Twitter to get the latest information and inspiration about design trends from around the world.

  • Doc Boss

    where did you get the oversized pillows from in the first photo….I have a small space that I would love to put oversized pillows in…


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