Hillsborough residenceTraditional Family Room, San Francisco
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White accessories make a statement against dark elements in this tailored space. An all-white arrangement is always dramatic. The shapely vases and graceful orchid soften the look but keep the monochromatic appeal.More:Eye-Catching Centerpieces Beyond Flowers and FruitBrowse trays in the Products section
“Best time to do this project: Anytime except the week before your Super Bowl party.” — Fred AlbertSeriously, though, this article is full of great guidance, information and ideas for designing and installing built-in shelves on a range of budgets. Full story: How to Get That Built-in Media Wall You Really Want
Cabinetmaker Stewart True of True Carpentry and Cabinetry in Cummings, Georgia, says 36 inches is a good height for a base, while 20 to 24 inches is a good depth — deep enough for board games and electronics. Often the base under the TV will protrude out farther, just to break up the unit more.“You’re always going to want to vent your components if you put them behind a door,” says Dennis Budd of Gast Architects in San Francisco. Fit the doors with grilles or speaker cloth, or add ventilation to the toe kick. For a recent project, Budd added a silent fan controlled by a thermostat, so it kicks on whenever the electronics start getting warm.
If Your Style Is Rich, Masculine and TraditionalIf more color equals more stimulation, then a room like this should bring your pulse down. Midtone wood built-ins anchor this room, which draws its success from the monochromatic palette.Relax it: Select a deep, warm hue and soft, tactile fabrics to create soothing appeal. To add interest to your monochromatic room, the key is to use soft tone-on-tone patterns and lots of texture. Don't stray too far from your chosen color. Your room will soothe while still being interesting.
Place speakers an equal distance from each long wall. If one speaker is closer or further to the wall than the other, the sound from one speaker will reach your ear before the other and cause delay, limiting sound quality. “Try to get it perfectly geometric if you can,” Emmi says.