Styling the Media Wall Built-In

One of my favorite things in our entire house is the media wall built-in down in our basement. It was something I dreamt about way before we ever even bought the house–I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like. I can remember meeting with our contractor and describing to him in an excessive amount of detail what I envisioned. Thankfully he wasn’t too annoyed with me and they were able to bring my vision to life. But I have to admit, it’s been a tricky spot for me to style. Admittedly, I’m not the best when it comes to shelf decor. That kinda thing has always been a bit of a humdinger for me, but I’m getting the hang of it. So I thought today it would be fun to share styling the media wall built-in!

Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!
Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!
Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!

So the best system I’ve found when styling the media wall built-in is by creating balance from one side to the next. I’m usually a big fan of symmetry, but too much of that can be boring. So I try to balance each side by texture, height, and color. I used a lot of greenery, wicker, and pops of black here.

Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!
Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!
Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!

Remember that old antique typewriter I found years ago?! I love her in this spot. And I love all the pops of black happening here too–the pair of candlesticks, black books, black frame on the Bible hymn, and of course the black typewriter.

Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!

Over here I used several family photos, a bamboo bowl, wicker tray, faux greenery, old books, and that adorable black mirror.

Styling the Media Wall Built-In. Shelf styling decor ideas!

Styling shelves kinda feels like a form of artwork. It’s definitely a personal thing and everyone does it a bit differently. But the cool part is there’s no right or wrong way to do it. At least that’s how I look at it! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this closer look at our media wall built-in. And maybe even got a few ideas for your own home! xo


Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.


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  1. 1.27.21
    Tammy Ganci said:

    Love Love Love!!!!!! Its beautiful!!!!! My new house is starting to look like yours and I could not be any happier. Mine is at the Jersey shore so I have farmhouse mixed with coastal. My question to you is where did you find the black tripod lamp in your basement family room? I love it and have the perfect spot for it.

    Have a blessed day,
    Love your blog friend

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      Ah that’s so cool, Tammy! Love that. Thank you for being here!

  2. 1.27.21
    Darlene Moore said:

    Hey Sarah, I absolutely love your style. However, since you ask your followers on your decor, I do have one comment. Honestly, I think your TV is too small for that space. It seems to be drowning with everything around it. Sorry…just my opinion.

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      haha you’re probably right!

      • 1.27.21
        Elaine MacDonald said:

        No, I think the TV is just the right size!

        • 1.28.21
          Sarah said:

          well thank you Elaine!

  3. 1.27.21
    Suzee B said:

    You did good! It’s beautiful. I especially love the shelf with the typewriter. ❤️

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      That’s my favorite part, Suzee!

  4. 1.27.21
    Jill Olesh said:

    Wow! Love everything in this room!

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      Thank you so much Jill!

    • 1.27.21
      Anna Lancaster said:

      Love the built-in, would like something similar in my livingroom.Have a blessed day.

  5. 1.27.21
    MARIA said:

    Hello Sarah,

    You have a beautiful home. Where did you get your media wall built ins if you don’t mind saying?

    Thank you!

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      We had them custom built. I designed it!

  6. 1.27.21
    Dot said:

    Good morning!
    Your media center looks wonderful! Happy to see the old typewriter is back!
    Was looking at your curtains from Target. Your stripes are at the top and the Target ad has stripes at the bottom. Is it possible to hang them either way? Just curious!

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      Yep, you can hang them either way!

  7. 1.27.21
    Maureen said:

    Have you considered using some art? Like small pics or family pics in pretty frames. I like it but I feel it could use some personal warmth. Using some of your kids art or such would add personality. I enjoy your blog and your home is beautiful!

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      Hi Maureen, I do have three family photos on the right side.

  8. 1.27.21
    Heather said:

    Looks fantastic, Sarah! I’m paying close attention to this, because we will start building a new house in the new few months and I’m hoping to have similar built-ins for our family room ❤️

  9. 1.27.21
    Diane Bristow said:

    I love it! I picked up a few ideas I am going to try in my new house. Thank you for inspiring me.

  10. 1.27.21
    Gloria Rivenbark said:

    I love the room. I do have a question. I love the big square ottoman, especially the legs. Where did you find that?

    • 1.27.21
      Sarah said:

      That’s from Arhaus!!

  11. 1.27.21
    Kara said:

    I would love to know the dimensions of your built in cabinetry.

  12. 1.27.21
    Donna Pack said:

    Love this especially the greenery and pops of black

  13. 1.27.21
    Miechell said:

    I love your built-in’s and the whole space! You did such a wonderful job!!

    • 1.28.21
      Sarah said:

      I appreciate that, thank you so much!

  14. 1.28.21
    Kristine said:

    What a fun and happy room you’ve created. It’s borgasmorg feast for our eyes! Usually it’s fun to shop your posts even if I don’t buy anything.
    Any chance the wooden tray on the ottoman is also a Target find?
    Thanks for keeping me looking forward each week!

  15. 1.28.21
    Lisa said:

    Your home is beautiful! I love how you decorated your media wall. I have one similar in my home and would love to use the open weave baskets with books. Do you mind sharing where you got the baskets? Thanks!

  16. 1.29.21
    Kimberly Lynn Spalding said:

    Do you have the link for the ottoman? Thank you!

  17. 1.31.21
    Leslie Stedman said:

    Hi Sarah, I love the way you styled your built in shelves. I too love symmetry and tend to get overwhelmed with it, so I intend to use your method when I revise mine soon. I have a typewriter similar to yours but it’s not as clean! Just wondering what you used to clean yours. I was thinking air in a can…thanks Sarah, Leslie

  18. 2.1.21
    Dave Raje said:

    Nowadays people don’t use old typewriters anymore. I’m glad to see that you still keep it.