Lovell ResidenceModern Family Room, San Francisco
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9. Luminous. If the weather were always sunny, the temperature always 72 and bugs didn’t exist, we could skip the ceiling altogether and open up to the sky. Since this idealized living situation is highly unlikely, we have luminous ceilings that can mimic the effect of open skies. These glowing ceilings are extremely popular in commercial architecture today, and it makes sense that we are seeing more of them in homes too. Whether created as a continuous diffused skylight or made of translucent glass back-lit with LED panels, a luminous ceiling creates a dramatic statement in any home. MoreCreative Ceilings Take Rooms to New HeightsFind an architect to integrate lighting into your design
Don’t forget that we see rooms in 3D, and not just as a series of separate walls. Sometimes the best way to balance out a TV is by putting something with a similar visual weight on the opposite side of the room, like this dark bookshelf.
7. Well-placed outlets and switches. Think ahead about where you want your wall outlets and switches. While we already saw a lot of clever spots in the kitchen suggestion ideabook and the bathroom suggestion ideabook, it's true all over the house. A media room requires extra thought; you need to figure out where you want your stereo and TV equipment and what kinds of outlets these will require. Furthermore, you want them well placed so that you don't have the eyesore of cords. Another similar consideration for the media room is placement of surround sound speakers. You'll also need to plan for your reading spots. If you want to float sofas and chairs away from walls, plan for outlets in the floor near the furniture.
The Kalwall ceiling continues into more than just the kitchen of this home. This sitting area is bathed in a luminous light from above.
For optimum viewing, where should you place the TV? Place the TV at eye-level. For the best viewing angle, place the TV low so that when you are seated, your head is even with the middle of the screen. You'll be most comfortable if you can sit looking straight ahead, rather than up or down at the screen.
This design takes advantage of an opportunity to display family photos in a modern setting. The dark color of the niche contrasts the wood paneling and coordinates with the television, creating a subtle play of rectangles and keeping the space uncluttered but warm.