October 26, 2023

Take Movie Night to the Next Level with a Customized Entertainment Center

Do you ever find yourself dreaming of having a dedicated space in your home where you can escape into the magic of movies? Well, dream no more! With a customized media center, you can turn any room into a cinematic oasis that will make every movie night feel like an unforgettable experience.  

So grab some popcorn and get ready as The Cabinet Chic guides you through designing the perfect entertainment center for your home!

Transform Your Home Entertainment Space

Enhance your home entertainment experience with these built-in cabinetry ideas!  

Tip #1. Design the Ideal Layout

A well-designed media center can accommodate everything from a massive 70-inch TV to a high-end audio system, while still providing space for decorative items, books, or family photos.  

The design should not only cater to your storage needs but also effortlessly incorporate into your living room's aesthetics.  

Things to consider:  


The star of your entertainment space is undoubtedly the TV. Your TV's size and whether you plan to mount it on the wall or place it on a stand affect the design of your built-ins.


Consider the size and number of speakers you have or plan to get. This helps plan dedicated compartments, ensuring that the sound quality is unhampered.

Additional Devices

DVD/Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, or streaming devices, all require consideration. Plan a separate nook for each of these devices.  

Once these facets are sorted, you can visualize your design. We recommend:  

  • A large central compartment for the TV
  • Cabinets on either side for the TV for speakers
  • A built-in shelf under the TV for a DVD or Blu-ray player or gaming console
  • Closed cabinetry or drawers for DVDs, games, etc.  
  • Hidden compartments to hide wires and unsightly cables.

Remember, these are just a guideline. Your layout could be entirely different based on your unique needs and living room size.

Tip #2. Incorporate Lighting for Ambiance and Practicality

The right kind of lighting can create the perfect environment to help you truly immerse in your cinematic experiences. Be it that high-tension thriller or a light-hearted rom-com, your media center can be the arena for any kind of experience you desire.

While designing,  think about incorporating these types of lighting:  

Ambient Lighting

This is the primary source of light in the room, usually coming from overhead fixtures. For movie nights, consider installing dimmable overhead lights to adjust light levels to your preference.

Task Lighting

Task lighting can be installed to help you perform specific activities like reading or shuffling through your DVD collection. These are subtle lights aiming at ease of functionality.

Accent Lighting

These lights add a dramatic touch to your entertainment area. You can install them in recesses or behind cabinets to cast a warm, inviting glow around your media center.

To take the ambiance of your entertainment center to the next level, you can also consider:  

  • LED Strips: Use LED strips to highlight specific areas like open shelving or underneath cabinets. Not only do they look stylish, but they're also energy-efficient.
  • Color-Changing Lights: Use color-changing bulbs, which you can alter to match the mood of the movie you're watching. Imagine watching horror movies with red lights or action-packed scenes with bright, daring lights!

Cabinet Chic Tip: Always strive to keep a balance between aesthetic appeal and practicality. You would not want to overdo it and create unnecessary glare on your television screen.

Tip #3: Showcase Memorabilia and Decorations

Showcasing your favorite memorabilia and decorations not only adds character to your room but also creates a unique atmosphere that will make every movie night feel like a trip to the cinema.  

  • Display Beautiful Artwork: Every movie buff has a favorite film poster or two that can be turned into fantastic wall art. Frames add depth to your room and tell a story about your movie tastes.
  • Showcase Collectibles: If you're a fan of sports or a collector, your trophies, pins, and other collectibles can find a special place in your entertainment center.
  • Highlight Family Photographs: Add a prime spot for family photos. It's an easy way to turn your space into a cozy, heartwarming area.
  • Arrange Books and Magazines: If you're an avid reader, a small built-in bookcase can be an excellent addition to your entertainment center. It could also hold copies of your favorite cinema magazines.

With such an impressive home entertainment room in place, you're set to take your movie nights to the next level! Nice!

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Elevate Family Movie Nights

A handcrafted entertainment center can truly take your family movie nights to the next level. With features such as hidden compartments for storage, integrated sound systems, and adjustable lighting options, you can create the perfect ambiance for watching your favorite films.  

Additionally, the ability to customize the design allows you to create a unique centerpiece that reflects your style in your living space. Around here, we call that happiness built-in!

To get started, schedule a design consultation with head designer Miriam Johnson today!

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