As the price of technology gradually decreases, home theaters are becoming a more common site in residences of all sizes. What once seemed like a luxury for the wealthy is now an affordable option for many. Designing and furnishing your room properly is essential to creating a fun and entertaining room. For the full effect, you will want to include furniture, equipment, and accessories that will make your room feel like a genuine cinema.
The goal of a home theater or media room is to enhance the movie-watching experience for your family and friends while enjoying the comfort of being in your own space. Many people want to design these rooms to feel like an actual theater. They will often use furniture and accessories that resemble what you may find at your local cinema. This type of decorating makes the room look and feel authentic. Listed here are some ideas for properly furnishing your home theater.
Once you have determined a layout for the room, you can begin the design process. First, you will want to block as much light as possible so that the room will be dark like a theater. Start by painting the walls a dark, solid color. Room darkening draperies or blinds should be installed to block out any natural light from the windows. Long velvet curtains in black, red, or navy resemble those found in many theaters. Thick wall to wall carpeting will improve the acoustics of the room.
The video equipment will need to be professionally installed as well. Because of the specialized skills it requires to properly wire and install this type of technology, you will need to find a professional in your area who can take care of all of your equipment. Features like the large screen, surround sound, lighting, and more will be professionally wired and installed for maximum performance and safety.
Just like any room in your home, lighting can influence the overall look and feel of your theater. Install dimmers on a remote to easily lower and raise the lights from your seat. Run lights along the bottom of your seats for a more authentic look.
One of the most important features in a home theater room is the seating. You will not only want to choose comfortable seating but also include enough room for all of your friends and family to gather. Sofas and reclining seats can be arranged so that there is a good view of the screen no matter where you sit. Risers can be installed for second row seating as well.
Once you have your equipment and seating installed, you can focus on finding the perfect accessories to make your room look like a genuine theater. Find movie posters of your favorite shows and mount them on the walls. Create your own snack bar with a popcorn machine, candy display, and mini-fridge. Purchase decorative bowls or bags for your popcorn. You can paint movie-themed stencils on your wall or place vintage theater equipment around the room.
No matter what your preferences or style, you can design and arrange a home theater that will be both pleasing and functional. With the right equipment, furnishings, and accessories, your home theater will be a space your whole family will enjoy for many years to come.
Convergence Technologies of Graham designs and installs home theater systems to residences around the world. We also offer furniture and accessories to decorate your room. Contact us for more information.