PROJECT COMPLETE, SCROLL DOWN FOR PICS OF FINISHED AV WALL! Just uploaded a video of how the LED strips look on the feature wall. Multicoloured LED strips on my HTPC Home...Watch this video on YouTube ----------------------------------------------- Guys, I just bought a new property and have moved in. Got it painted and all before I moved in, only regretting it now as there is quite a bit I have realised I will need to do here. I will share some of the ideas here to get some ideas and inspiration from you fine folks. The flat is a recent conversion and everything is pretty new, just a shame I want to change a few things around. I really want the AV wall to be the main focus of the my living room. I really want to outshine my previous very feeble attempts. I am no DIYer and really bad at all this stuff. I am following big man 83slead and getting a DIY manual, but I am in a hurry to get all this done so might want to go to some professionals if someone can do this for a very reasonable price. The wall in question is this one. Existing gear: HTPC SKY+ HD PS3 Marantz NR1601 3D ready 7.1 slimline amp B&W MT20 Speaker set Microsoft Lifecam Studio Logitech Dinovo Logitech Harmony something something New gear (yet to purchase): SAMSUNG UE65ES8000 65 inch 3D LED tv Speaker Cables that are safe to go in the walls Squeezebox Level Mount Full Motion Motorized Cantilever Mount - DC65MCL Rope lights (dimmable via remote) Drop lights for the av shelf where the AV gear goes (dimmable via remote) Drop Lights to go on the top of the floating shelf Measurements of the full wall: Height: 259 cm Width: 237 cm And a couple of unimportant measurements. Distance from wall to edge of window (left): 104.5 cm Distance from wall to edge of pillar (right): 69 cm Regarding the gear, I am uncertain if the Samsung 65 3D LED will be a worthwhile investment as I have heard the SD is terrible. Can anyone recommend a better TV at 65 inch with some sort of automatic upscaling of SD video. Not fussed about smart functions, I have an HTPC for that. I can also consider upgrading the amp with auto upscaling, any ideas welcome. Also, I could not find any motorised mounts for 65 inch teles in the UK. The one listed above is the only one I could find but you can only purchase it in the USA. Could get it shipped over if its my only choice, but I will then have to sort out powering it up with some transformer that I have no clue about yet. Can anyone let me know where I can get something like this locally? I really want a bellows type that extends out before swivelling and tilting so there is clearance on all sides. Id like the motorised mount as the TV wall will be situated in the corner area of a large open plan room / kitchen area. The motorised mount will help with viewing from kitchen area and the way we intend to lay out the sofa so when we have guests etc, I could swivel 20 to the right and tilt about 10 degrees for a perfect viewing angle for a sofa full of people. Its a corner sofa, will take some pics when it arrives to show what I mean. What I want to accomplish: I am thinking of a floating wall with rope lights idea that a lot of you have already implemented along with a purpose built AV shelf that is part of the floating wall, as in not an off the shelf av rack, but something built as part of the wall. I want to wall mount the B&W front, left and centre around the TV on the floating wall and have my rears suspended from the ceiling and pointing downwards. Somewhere in the middle of the ceiling here is where the speakers will go. I am also happy to place them on the sides and have them pointing to the central listening position if ceiling suspenders prove to be tricky. For networking, I am happy to use a powerline adapter thing for the time being until 802.11 AC becomes mainstream, too much effort in Cat 6e wiring around the house at this point, its all brand new and done up already. Here is a Zexel 4 port powerline adapter that I have already purchased that will provide network to the HTPC, Sky, PS3 and Squeezebox. Have 2 other single port ones that can go near the sky router and my multifunction printer in my bedroom wardrobe. ZyXEL 500 Mbps 4-Port Powerline Gigabit Switch: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories I have picked up some ideas from the forum that I will share (credit to everyone who have contributed these custom builds, amazing work guys). This build from groove here is amazing http://www.avforums.com/forums/home...1-grooves-new-lounge-floating-wall-build.html I really like the floating wall that he has created, very clean and soft on the eyes. Only thing that I would want to change on here is the AV units at the bottom and have something built as part of the floating wall. Something like what big man 83 has created here http://www.avforums.com/forums/memb...r-changed-anything-other-than-light-bulb.html This setup obviously doesnt have a floating shelf, but I like the way the AV rack is built as part of the wall. I like this idea because it will take care of all the wires that I usually need to deal with. They can go right under the shelf which is removable according to big man. He can pull it straight out. As you can see here, very pleasing look with drop lights and genius way of hiding all those cables under the shelf. I am really not good at using 3d tools like sketch up etc, but I will try. Meanwhile, here is a rough MS Paint drawing without any measurements. Getting on those youtube sketch up tutorials now. With this design, I am thinking about the a future upgrade of speakers, will probably like to get some tallboy speakers on the sides on top of the high gloss shelf. Now, I have a couple of challenges. The whole flat is brand new so I really dont want to overly mess up the side walls which may require me to paint the walls all over again. Patching the paintwork should be fine and preferable. Really referring to the satellite speakers that I want to put on the ceiling. My speakers are B&W MT20. They will have to be wall mounted and will show around the tv. The other challenge is that I we have just had the wall on the left done up with a purple wall paper from Laura Ashley. You can view that here: Pussy Willow Grape Floral Wallpaper at LAURA ASHLEY Now I really will need to have the floating wall in a colour that compliments the wall paper so that it doesnt detract attention either way. Just to neutralise the colours. Something like whats listed on Laura Ashley here Water Based Paint, Pale Twine at LAURA ASHLEY. Plus, I have all the lightings in all my rooms in cool white so everything looks extremely white in 14watt Mega man cool white bulbs. Might even consider getting the same wallpaper on the floating wall, not sure about that yet though. I could make the floating wall a complementary colour that Laura Ashley do that would match the wall paper colour scheme and keep the background white.. and also get some pale purple rope lights as well. Need to think about this one some more as well. I think Groove used some rope lights from TLC. I found purple rope lights that would be perfect. Just will need to think about how to dim them. So whats forming in my head on the aesthetic and colour scheme is to keep the whole set up clean white with some pale colour to complement the wall paper. The wall to be pale purple, background to be white, the shelf in the bottom to be brilliant white in high gloss. The top of the shelf to extend over to the sides with drop lights in the central space where I plan to put all my kit. All kit will be black obviously, including the TV so I really do hope it all goes together. Can you guys offer advice on what I may be over doing, or doing wrong or if the colours wont work? All advice appreciated.