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The advent of streaming services has probably changed how we consume most video entertainment, and while there’s definitely an argument to be made for the easy and comfortable experience of cuddling up in bed to enjoy your favourite movie, having a dedicated area that’s kitted out to match a theater room design is often still the dream for both casual viewers and dedicated videophiles.
When thinking of home theatre interior design, what comes to mind may be a large and luxurious room, done up with all the bells and whistles. This is of course a great choice, assuming you have the space and the budget, but it isn’t the only option! Modern home theater design allows for much more variation, and you can easily create a wonderful movie-watching space in an unused basement or attic, a spare bedroom, or even (with a bit of ingenuity), in your living room.
Here, we’ll take a look at some ways in which – with well-planned basics and the right technical set-up – you can customise the aesthetics of your home theater to suit both your sense of style and your wallet, so your movie nights are better than ever before!
As briefly mentioned, the two main things that may make an impact on how wild your imagination can run when it comes to your home theater designs, are the space available to you and any budget constraints you may have. But the truth is, that be it a room fit for a Hollywood premier or a simpler, yet inviting and versatile living room set-up, what makes a home theatre the perfect paradise for movie buffs is the basics – invest in comfy seating, well-balanced lighting, perfect audio clarity, and a screen that’s large enough to hold your attention. With these necessities of modern home theater design in place, you’ve got everything that’s vital to set the right mood.
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Since the focus of a theatre experience is obviously on the screen, there can be no argument that this is the place you need to start when drawing up your home theater designs. Make sure to choose a screen that’s large enough to create that theatre feel and experience. If you have the space to commit an entire room to your home theatre plan, then indulge in a screen that takes up a whole wall! If the room needs to be more versatile, there are still ways to create the best home theater experience without a screen that immediately catches the eye.
One such option is to hide the screen when it’s not in use – either behind luxurious drapes that match the rest of your home décor, or possibly by having a drop-down projector screen that can be tucked away at a moment's notice. Alternatively, if you want to set up a movie-nook within your existing living room, you could also opt for a large-screen wall-mounted television – insert this into a false wall to keep necessary cables and wires out of sight. A false wall also provides a third room-transformation option; if placed within a recessed cubby, a moveable panel can be installed to sit flush with the rest of the wall when closed, but open at the touch of a button, bringing your cinema-worthy screen into view.
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When it comes to the audio set-up for your home theater, there are actually two aspects that must be considered; one being the actual sound system, and the other equally important factor, being the soundproofing. Soundproofing your home cinema and designing your room around the acoustics will greatly contribute to maintaining that theatre ambiance!
Consider installing thick carpets and wall-panelling within your theatre room – this will allow you to disguise the wiring and speakers of your home theater system, and will also contribute to your soundproofing. Fabric wall-panels, which are crafted with
multiple layers – consisting of a wood base covered in batting and then finally the fabric – are particularly wonderful sound-insulators, and can be the ideal personification of your style choices. Choose a darker shade of blue or black to help highlight your screen and other cinema-esque features, or pick a bold red to reflect that traditional theatre style!
Lighting, or the lack thereof, plays a big part in being able to immerse yourself into your movie watching experience. While making sure your home theater room can be plunged into perfect, cosy darkness is obviously important, ensuring you’ve planned for ambient light that will help pull you out of the cinema screen is equally vital.
If your room has windows, blackout curtains are a must! Customise them to match your carpeting or wall-panels to ramp up that theatre style. As for lighting, fixtures that come with a dimmer switch are an easy way to achieve the right ambiance, and aren't a choice that’s restricted by your space or budget! Create a statement ceiling in your theatre room, with inset LEDs that resemble stars and can be brightened or dimmed depending on the need. Or if you’re more drawn to a luxury home theatre design, why not place antique-style sconces to frame your screen, paired with pendant lights and accessories that bring to mind the golden age of cinema.
Home theatres allow for less restrictions in movie-watching seating, with comfort and personal preference being the core deciding factor of what you choose. Whether your movie room will be a place for your friends to hang out, is usually a family affair or simply a space for solo cinema time, your theater room design should have seating that reflects the way you love to curl-up with your favourite films. Keep in mind that you don’t have to stick to a single style of seating – create a comfortable hodge-podge of possible options with relaxing day-beds, plush-y couches, lounge chairs with adjustable seat-backs and foot-rests, or easily movable ottomans to make any movie-watcher happy – a great tip to bring aesthetic cohesion to such a set-up is to upholster your seating in
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similar, colours, patterns or styles and have plenty of cosy blankets on offer! For a living room home theater setup, choose furniture that can be moved to switch between a conversational setting and movie watching comfort – with easily accessible tables or surfaces for your drinks and snacks, any seating can be optimised to help bring your theatre room to life.
Whether your home theatre plans involve recreating a carbon copy of a traditional cinema set-up or going much simpler, with a cosy yet binge-watch-worthy affair within your own bedroom or other living areas, you can make your home theater uniquely yours – and that’s the most important part.
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From your paint colours, to the lighting, your soft furnishing and more, the décor aspects that you choose to add to the space are what will make the room feel inviting. When planning out your home theater room design there are many things you can try; do up your walls with old movie posters, create a fancy entryway that brings to mind your favourite movie watching experiences, install shelving at various heights for your cinema memorabilia or other film-related knick-knacks – if you have the space and budget, a full-scale concession stand isn’t even out of the question! Let your imagination run wild so that the best home theater experience will always be at your fingertips.
So, did any of these theater room design ideas resonate with you? If they did and you’re now looking forward to having your own home theater, then the next step is to find the best team to partner with and make that dream a reality.
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