Lifestyle blogger Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind is no stranger to the art of innovative decor. Here she showcases her chops by creating a cozy home theater in her newly renovated basement. Follow her lead and add some easy room-enhancing updates of your own. Whether your style is classic, rustic, industrial—or all of the above—she’s found something for everyone in this stellar mix of family-friendly finds.
A Home Theater: Style, Front & Center
Married to a film editor, I knew a home theater would be a project we’d inevitably tackle during our home renovation soon enough. But making a basement feel cozy and modern—rather than closed-in and stark—is a tricky effort. Luckily, with the help of Hayneedle’s incredible selection, we transformed a sparse space into a film frenzy in no time at all.
We kicked off the process by choosing a variety of layered textiles. If there’s anything that can create a comfortable aesthetic on a budget, it’s texture! From throw pillows to cable knit blankets, our motto was, “The more, the merrier!” By keeping the color scheme relatively simple, we could mix a variety of prints and patterns without the area feeling scattered or dissonant.
Speaking of dissonance, sound deadening was a big priority for us. Movies can be loud, and we’ve got a sleeping toddler upstairs to consider. Our solution? A layered rug over existing carpet, plus a wall of curtains to hide sound panels, subwoofers, and a slew of speaker equipment my film-loving husband built and acquired.
Plus, check out the giant canvases! They’re additional sound panels, painted by yours truly (an amateur, I’ll admit!) to create an artful impact with a functional purpose. I love how our lighting makes each canvas shine, quite literally!
Home Theater Furniture
Of course, every great theater requires an ever-cozy landing pad, and this sectional hit the proverbial nail on the head. Perfectly comfortable and modern in structure, it’s become an ideal spot for our little family of three to huddle up with a big bowl of popcorn.
We’ve been kicking our feet up with this low-profile coffee table; a smart addition to complement our industrial vibe. And when the weekend hits and company descends, our petal chair and side nesting tables are easily rearranged to house more warm bodies (giving us even warmer hearts).
— Erin Loechner, DesignforMankind.com