Home Theater Design Ideas
The only thing that is better than going to the cinema is to enjoy it in the comfort of your own home theater. If you’re ready to commit yourself or if you’re just starting to research the process, these ten home theater design ideas, home improvement tips, and home décor examples will help you create the cinematic viewing space for your home. dreams. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the presentation of the home theaters that rivals the reality below.
Free Up Your Basement
A basement is the perfect place to design a home theater because it is isolated and dark. This will make it easier to control sound performance and lighting.
Design Tip: Try painting your dark-colored walls and install an extra-large flat screen, like in this home theater designed by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design. Then bring seats reminiscent of classic plush cinema seats, but with a modern twist and the ability to work in varied environments.
Scout Out Alternate Locations
If you do not have a basement or enough space, there are many other ways to operate a home theater. Transform a guest room or dressing room, where the closed nature minimizes natural light. Other options include converting a garden shed, a pool house and even an unused garage.
Design Tip: If you can not design an entire room to feel like a movie theater, opt for built-in seats for a human-sized version of the experience, as shown in this nook designed by Studio DB.
Consider Insulating Your Space
Once you have selected the room you want to use for a home theater, you need to define your renovation needs. Do you just want to decorate a multimedia room that draws its inspiration from a movie theater or do you want to go to the maximum? If this is the last case, you can insulate your walls with drywall to create a noise barrier.
Design advice: do it ultra-push. Big suede loveseats are perfect for romantic nights and lacquered tables are the perfect resting place for your bowl of popcorn.
Optimize Your Wiring
Another important step is to control your wiring. You will need the proper wiring for lighting, sound, projector and / or screen. It is also a good time to mention that you will want to keep the equipment out of sight and hide your wires with discreet tubes.
Design Tip: If your home theater does not have room for cinema-style stadium seats, try a conversation pit. Designed by Elizabeth Roberts, this space is a haven of peace for great viewing nights with its carpet and depressed floor.
Review Sound Options
When designing your audio system, you need to consider the number of speakers you will need and whether or not surround sound will be installed. Some design choices will also affect the sound quality. For example, a carpet helps to contain noise and avoid echoes.
Design Tip: Plush carpeting, low-floor seating and sophisticated marble coffee tables make this home theater a great place to watch and entertain. A large section can accommodate more family members and friends and its dark color story gives it the impression of an underground living room.
Choose Your Screen
There are a ton of options and things to consider when choosing your screen. More importantly, the dimensions of the room. If it is shallow, you will not want to choose a screen too big. Whatever your choice, make sure it has a Blu-ray player, a satellite source and a game console.
Design Tip: You can always create a multimedia room that looks like a home theater, even if you do not have the perfect space for the basement (blackout curtains to the rescue). Take note of this comfortable multimedia room decorated by Studio Lifestyle.
Set Up Control Systems
Consider setting up a control system such as a universal remote control, an iPad, an iPhone or a complete home automation system. This will help you control lighting, sound and everything you need in one place.
Design Tip: This multimedia room by Catherine Kwong is perfect for family friendly movie nights, but is also the perfect backdrop for receptions, afternoon naps and informal gatherings.
Think About Bells and Whistles
Do you want a 3D capability? Professional level audio performance and high resolution image? A hidden projector falling from the ceiling? There are many small additions that will make your home theater a truly immersive experience.
Design Tip: If you have plain white walls, a projector will be your best friend. You can watch your favorite movies on a big “screen” without having to install one on the walls of your living room, like in this apartment designed by Paula Guzman of Homepolish.
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Think About Layout
And now, have fun … once you have defined all the technical elements, you can think about the layout. Opt for movie-style stadium seats with sun loungers or loveseats, or keep things level with a cut.
Design Tip: The layout of this home theater designed by Studio Ashby is a nod to the true cinematic experience, but with a sophisticated twist. The art deco-style bleachers evoke the golden age of Hollywood, while the olive green seats and ottomans are fresh and contemporary.
Have Fun With Design
Finally, you can start to decorate your home theater. Choose a theme and launch it, whether you want to channel the settings of your favorite movie, make it sophisticated or give it a repeating pattern.
Design Tip: If your media room is also a game room, choose a dark wallpaper that will absorb light during the viewing nights, but also indicate other uses of the room with a whimsical feel. The addition of floor cushions is also a good choice, as shown in this Regan Baker Design Media Room.