One of the latest popular trends in interior design are media feature walls, often just called media walls. But what is a media wall, and how can you build one in your home? Read on to find out.
Whilst having a feature wall feels like something that’s been around forever, media walls are rather more of a recent trend in home interior design. The idea behind it all is to devote a space to house all your media in order to create a centrepiece that captures people’s main focus as they enter the room. In its simplest form, a media wall is just the wall in your living room or lounge that you have your TV mounted on. However, for the best results many take the idea much further by creating elaborately bespoke stud wall frameworks in which to hide cables, house integrated storage space such as shelves, cupboards and drawers, and incorporate appliances such as an electric fire.
But what do you need to consider before getting started on such a project?
When it comes to your television, size matters! After all, if you are integrating storage into the framework of your media wall, it’s likely you’ll want your TV centred, with the shelves, cupboards and drawers either above, below, either side, or even all around. This in turn means you’re only going to have a certain space to play with in the centre for your television. If you’re planning to upgrade to a bigger TV in the future, you may want to think about doing this sooner rather than later, or alternatively decide on a size and factor this into your design.
Next, ask yourself what peripheral devices you have such as games consoles, set top boxes or speaker systems that you’ll need to accommodate a space for in your media wall. You might place games consoles on a shelf to the side of your TV or perhaps in a cupboard underneath, whatever you choose don’t forget to consider cables, which brings us onto our next point.
When it comes to electronic appliances, the last thing you want are power leads, aerial cables, and audio-visual cables messing up the clean aesthetic of your new media wall. It’s important to plan ahead and know where you’ll be placing these devices and leave a hidden channel behind to run any cables to wherever they need to go, like the TV. For power cables you may consider installing some plug sockets in handy reach of your devices.
It’s very on trend to complete the look by building in an inset electric fire, such as the Gazco eStudio 105R into your media wall. Featuring captivating flame visuals with multiple flame effects to choose from including Amber & Yellow, Amber with Yellow accent and Yellow with Amber accent and offering a choice of fuel effects, this electric fire provides a stunning display which can be enjoyed with or without the heat. To maximise the level of ambience, the eStudio’s versatile optional LED Mood Lighting System can be placed around your fire or TV, under shelves, and more to provide atmospheric mood lighting that can be easily controlled via the fire’s remote handset.
For more information and advice on choosing the perfect electric fire for your media wall project, speak to your local retailer today.