Who doesn’t love that huge room over the garage? For many, it is a catch all for toys and dust-gathering work out equipment. However, Nashville’s only Southern Living Showcase Home has embraced the space with a clever “envelope of color” approach being implemented by experienced Bradford’s Interiors’ designer Treesa Hudson, Allied ASID.

The approximately 400 square foot room has various sloped ceilings which make it a very interesting space but a little challenging. Hudson has chosen to paint the trim and media cabinetry, walls and ceiling all the same shade of soothing Sherwin Williams #7653 “Silverpointe.” All of the paint colors for the showcase home are listed in the event’s tour guide available at the site gate. Hudson says by using this approach, the room is then unified so the home owner can create several vignettes of function for a large space without too much distraction.

“In the Southern Living Showcase Home, I have created four areas for family living. We have two, plush sofas adjacent to the large screen television for movie viewing, a modern writing desk in the window nook, a lovely rosewood game table with an upholstered banquette which has its own smaller, wall-mounted television and a cozy reading area,” Hudson said. “The room becomes a very versatile space and even sports a wet bar and huge walk-in closet for games and electronic equipment.”

Modern Chinese Chippendale chairs are a great addition to the family game table. All furniture and accessories in the room are from Bradford’s Interiors.

Hudson said neutralizing the various planes of the room put the focus on people, furnishings and media.Here are her three important tips in avoiding a cave-like feeling in a media room:


1.     Wrap the same mid-range or lighter value color on walls and ceiling.(flat or egg-shell finish all over)
2.     Use a similar or same tone for the trim in a satin finish.
3.     Use a floor covering shade in a similar color value as well.(does not have to be same color- just same value)

The Southern Living Showcase Home’s Media Room lends itself to fun with a modern, fresh environment. To get more design inspiration, visit the showcase home open select days through November 6 at the new Dorset Park neighborhood in Brentwood.  For on-line tickets, directions and information, visit Castle Homes, and follow the Showcase Home on Facebook and Twitter.