MEDIA ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS + Where to Place the TV | Julie Khuu

MEDIA ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS + Where to Place the TV | Julie Khuu

This video will show you how to design a media room that considers all aspects of family. Whether you have a dedicated room to enjoy weekend movie nights, host family game nights, or simply a living room where the television takes center stage – I want to offer you my top media room ideas to make the most of family time.

00:00 Introduction
2:30 TV Placement and Correct Height
5:35 Seating Groups
7:20 Focal Points
9:45 Hidden TVs
11:05 Built-In Cabinetry
11:50 Large Open Room

Check out these videos for more Media Room/TV in a Living Room Ideas:
• Awkward Space Solutions- The Corner Fireplace
• Awkward Space Solutions- Long and Narrow Room
• Awkward Space Solutions- Open Concept Floor Plan

Cover image: Amber Interiors
Edited by: Kelly Nguyen for Julie Khuu Interior Design
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  1. brenda bachman on December 14, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I’ve watched several times as well as most of your videos. When your main focal point is tv, mounting above lower cabinet, when the only other wall space in the room is above sectional is it okay to mount an electric fireplace above the sectional as your only art (and function)? The other side of sectional has windows and door and the 4th side is an open kitchen only 30” away from oversized sectional, this is the only space other than bedroom and bath, so how do I fit the fireplace in? The sectional takes up most of the room at 11’ long, deep, super comfy and sparks hoy in a plush fabric, it can also allow for guest sleep over if needed.

  2. MK O on December 14, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I’m in the “TVs are ugly” camp. I so badly want the Frame tv. What are your thoughts on those?

  3. SunnahTaqwa on December 14, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Hi Julie! Your videos are so nice I watch them even if they are irrelevant to me sometimes lol. I live in a tiny 1-bedroom condo, so media rooms sound like a dream. I do, however, have a couple of questions that I’ll be grateful if you could answer…

    1) Would you ever consider putting dark furniture on dark flooring? I have dark wood flooring but have fallen in love with a gorgeous dark walnut desk that gives a mid-century feel. In a small square living room, I want to place this on the wall opposite my small sectional so that when guests are over, I can remove my laptop and place a nice lamp/vase to make it function like a console. Would it work if I only place a rectangular rug under the sectional, but don’t have a rug under the desk to break the matchy-matchy feel?
    2) Or would you suggest I get a big square rug to put the front legs of both the sectional and the desk on it?

    I know this is such a long, painful read haha, but if you could reply with your suggestions it’ll mean a lot to me! Thanks! x

  4. Seaskunk on December 14, 2022 at 12:53 am

    What does AFF stand for?

  5. Debra Mason on December 14, 2022 at 12:53 am

    I’m so excited about the options shown, especially the dark wall/book shelf ideas. I’ve been thinking about it, and I think it will work for our space perfectly. We just built a new home with a gorgeous corner, floor to ceiling stacked stone fireplace, and the main wall beside it will be the media wall, with the furniture grouping centered around it. I’m thinking I’ll paint or wallpaper it black until I figure out some built in shelving. I will never, ever understand a TV over a fireplace. We’re spending way too much money on that gorgeous stone. Some people think a corner fireplaceb is awkward, but it’s the perfect solution for being able to center the TV for viewing.

  6. Amanda Browne on December 14, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Love love love this video. I am tired of seeing these home makeover shows where they mount the tv over the fireplace and I am like, who can watch tv in that position if they are sitting on the sofa. And I like how honest you are about having a tv in almost every room.

  7. Jaysson Brooks on December 14, 2022 at 12:56 am

    What are your thoughts about the Mantle TV mounts that allow you to drop the tv from above your approved eye level down to the suggested eye level. Doesn’t that give you the best of both worlds?

  8. Terry Harrington on December 14, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Thank you for doing this video.

  9. Tommy on December 14, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Great ideas in this video. But I do think that many of the TVs are too small compared to the viewing distance 🙂

  10. Zia Anwar on December 14, 2022 at 1:00 am

    What do you do when my house is open concept and the fireplace is on an angle.

    The room has windows everywhere making it hard to mount on a wall.

  11. Divine Light on December 14, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Great I have some ideas thanks

  12. Ellen Causey on December 14, 2022 at 1:01 am

    I am rearranging my whole room now! Thanks your the best!

  13. Randy Doston on December 14, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Julie, is that sweet spot of 60’65" measured fro. The floor to the top of the TV? Meaning the horizontal line of the top of the TV

  14. Pat Robinson on December 14, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Will definitely use some of your suggestions for my small media room. Thanks much

  15. Jonathan Smart on December 14, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I bought a home with an upstairs open loft. I’m used to basements and have an 85” tv that I’ve had in my basement/man cave in my previous home. The loft is about 17.1’x14.5 and I would love to see your design suggestions for an entertainment/movie room with this sort of setup.

  16. Yegana Badghisy on December 14, 2022 at 1:03 am

    oh Thank goodness my TV is okay haha

  17. Kim Senn on December 14, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Thank you for the great info in this video. I’m fairly certain that reclining furniture is not designer approved but we really love our Lazy Boy reclining loveseat. I’d love to see a video about how to style a space using reclining furniture.

  18. Garlic Girl on December 14, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I really like how on your channel you really give details and the rationales for real living. I have learned so much from you. OMG! Things I never knew at all.

  19. Darlene Salamone on December 14, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I have read from media specialist, that the TV should be lower, for better focus. What do you think?

  20. Elizabeth Trihub on December 14, 2022 at 1:12 am

    I love the dark behind the TV in order to disguise it somewhat. The dark blue wall paper is amazing, I’m doing that! This is a show piece in itself, no need for any additional pictures or art of any kind, thank you so much!! Since I started watching you, there are soooooo many great style tips and no mo’s I’ve been enlightened too. You’re the best ❣️

  21. Thurman Williams on December 14, 2022 at 1:14 am

    The problem is that the televisions are engineered to be watched at eyesight level. This is why so many people complain about a murky picture in dark scenes. The center of the television should always be at eye level for maximum performance. Which is usually roughly 40 inches off the floor, for most sofas – If your seating is elevated, as with bar stools or on a platform, cinema style, then it can be raised.

    At 60-65" to see the picture clearly you will need to stand, be on a bar stool, or aggressively angle the television, to see the screen clearly, and unless it’s in a cabinet where it’s not obvious, it will look strange.

  22. Nicole Carnevale on December 14, 2022 at 1:14 am

    This has so many excellent ideas for my home project!
    Thanks Julie. Once again you nailed it!

  23. Semmie Elston on December 14, 2022 at 1:16 am


  24. Lisa W on December 14, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Timely tips as always, getting our tv’s hung next week and now I know how high! Thank you Julie ☺️

  25. Mincy Chelliyil on December 14, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Thank you for your great content. 🙏 I have a great room (sitting and dining) with a tv wall that has windows on either ends. What in your opinion is the best way to design a focal wall for the tv with floating cabinet and the best window treatment for a contemporary look?

  26. Nina Mbadiwe on December 14, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Does anyone know where the coffee table at 8:51 is from?

  27. ESTHER Olawuyi on December 14, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Your confession about TV makes me love you even more Julie K!! Hubby heard you and was like "ooh ask her how much that will cost" when you mentioned built ins. I laughed and said "honey! We can’t afford her but we can still learn from her" thanks for being a good teacher! xoxo

  28. dillyjanjan on December 14, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Hi Julie, I have a question. It’s related to one of your other videos but I’ve watched so many of them I can’t remember which one my question is based on. So I’m putting it in the most recent vid so you can see. We are moving to a 6 bedroom unfurnished villa. In one of your vids you said stay away from coloured sheets and go with all white. My husband is a pilot and spends the majority of his nights in hotels instead of at home. He says a home bed needs to look like a home bed and not an all white hotel bed. How can I make it still look classy without the all white sheets? Thank you.

  29. Trina Roe on December 14, 2022 at 1:22 am

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention Frame TV’s that display artwork when not in use!

  30. marianne030 on December 14, 2022 at 1:22 am

    Hi Julie…always a great video and info…can you please a video about do’s and don’ts about hanging floating shelves? We have an angled ceiling and I’m lost. Thank you in advance 😊

  31. Bruno Kalix on December 14, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Very useful video, Julie! Thank you!
    I have an open plan in my flat: sitting area, dining area and kitchen. What I did, since I live alone, was create a TV corner. I have a buffet table w a 50” TV and a 1,5 person sofa that opens as a chaise longue and single bed; also a side table with a lamp, coaster for a drink, vase w natural dry roses and a photo of my family when I was little. It is the coziest spot, and the best thing is there is no TV in the sitting area.

  32. Cindi Motis on December 14, 2022 at 1:24 am

    Excellent advise! Enjoy all your informative and inspiring videos! 😍Thank you for all you do!

  33. Bruce Mooney on December 14, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Two things I personnaly dislike :

    – TVs hung at 55" AFF (sorry Julie 😛). I dont want to watch my TV at an angle. 48" AFF is the sweet spot … and Im tall.

    – Open living spaces in general. An iPad does the trick to fallow recipes in the kitchen. Dump that noisy television in a seperate room lmao

    However, I agree on the negative space required between a console and a TV.

  34. Amy Squires on December 14, 2022 at 1:27 am

    This was so helpful! Thank you!

  35. Asha Kuldip on December 14, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Thanks Julie. What is AFF?

  36. Low Maintenance Momma on December 14, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Our TV was mounted high for the couches in the living space, because I was looking at it from the kitchen (quite far away….but I wanted to be able to see it while cooking, and from the dining room)…but the room was long enough that I could actually play with the placement of the couches, moving them further from the TV to get closer to the desired 20 degree…eventually when we have down time, we’ll adjust it 6-10" lower

  37. Mari Cabrera on December 14, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Can one use both gold/brass and chrome/silver knobs, fixtures or wall decor?

  38. Luiza A. on December 14, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Thank you so much for your videos, Julie! You have an answer for every single design question that I have 🤯

  39. Francoise Fenner on December 14, 2022 at 1:34 am

    I love your jumper. Great content too.

  40. MrBananaMan on December 14, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Not everyone is a midget or wants their jaw touching their chest when they watch tv.

    Secondly, stop buying low back couches with no head rests with higher TVs.

  41. Shawnnie Latimore on December 14, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Hi Julie, love the content!!!! I’m wanting to put a sofa to my small dining table. I know you have the same concept in your home..Can you share some tips with us to make this transition seamless and elegant.

  42. brenda bachman on December 14, 2022 at 1:36 am

    When you say mounting height is that the center of the wall mount bracket or the center of the tv, so 60-65” for center point with a 9’ ceiling?

  43. youbetcha108 on December 14, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Very good advice. I have placed TVs in almost all my rooms too. We live in such a different age. The tv provides more than just programmed formats. You can cast from your phone put art work on it or even blend it into the wall like the Samsung Frame tv. It’s no longer an eyesore. I like having art on my frame tv so it doesn’t look like a black rectangle on a white wall. Sectionals are key but I did not think about a corner chair. Good idea!

  44. MoGirl0714 on December 14, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Very informative. Would like to have heard about placing the TV in relation to windows. I would like to rearrange so it would be across from a window but hubby says no because of glare. But our sunroom TV is across from windows which have blinds that we lower when the sun causes a problem. What is your take?

  45. Jacques Mostert on December 14, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Julie what is AFF…?????? Please help thank for interesting videos!

    Cape Town
    South Africa

  46. Ryan on December 14, 2022 at 1:41 am

    I still think some of those TVs are too high. The ideal height should be somewhere in the range of your eye height while seated, in line with the center or lower half should be fine. Some people might need a shorter console than what was suggested for this. Some examples of good heights shown don’t fit this, some even being completely above head height which is a big no-no for TV nerds. Granted this is probably dipping towards function over form a lot more than the video intends, but thought it was worth highlighting. If you think your TV is too low after watching this video, then you might be alright.

  47. Ronski 007 on December 14, 2022 at 1:42 am

    That brown sofa is life whew

  48. Raquel A. Russell on December 14, 2022 at 1:44 am

    *my mum and I watching this video on the tv over the fireplace* 👁👄👁


  49. C Olsen on December 14, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Great video! I appreciate the multiple examples of ✔️s and ✖️s.

  50. Kathleen5429 on December 14, 2022 at 1:45 am

    LOVE your channel! Thanks for all of your great suggestions. Much love to your family.

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