When your dream of having an in home entertainment system at last comes within your reach, the most important question that crosses your mind should be how do I design a room for home theater? Room design is a very important consideration when installing a home theater system as only a well-planned room can give you the best and most complete experience for a home theater. Care should be taken when designing a room for a home theater system in order to minimize echoes and get the best sound effect.
The location of the room is one of the key factors affecting the ‘theater’ experience, and thus it is advisable to choose a room that is least exposed to any external sources of light. It is due to this fact that many people choose an attic or a basement for a home theater. In case you do not have that option, you may select a room that has the minimum number of windows or outlets. In order to enhance the darkness of a room, you may cover the windows and ventilators with dark-colored, heavy curtains. These will keep out the light, even during the day.
Color of the Walls
It is a common mistake to underestimate the color of the walls while designing a room for a home theater, as the lights of the room are mostly switched off. Nevertheless, due consideration should be given to the walls and flooring to avoid any distractions while enjoying your favorite movie. Dark shades such as charcoal gray, deep brown or dark red will accentuate the screen and push the walls into the background. Paints with matte finish or textured designs will prevent the lights reflecting from the screen and avoid a ‘shining’ of the walls.
Lightings play a very important role in setting the mood and building the atmosphere of your home theater experience. It is advisable to avoid overhead or glaring lights that interfere with the tone of your room decor. It is best to have soft and recessed lighting that can be controlled from your seat with the help of a remote. The design of the room chosen as a home theater can be further enriched by installing motorized drapes, which can also be controlled with a remote. Further, you may select lighting controls that allow you to create saved settings, which enable you to select just the right lighting effects on the drapes and the seating area. Certain systems let you customize pre-show music and lights. As the movie begins, the lights fade out automatically.
The ideal seating arrangement for a home theater depends on the number of people that one expects to entertain. Ideally, a couple of large sofas can work very well. A couch can also add to the comfort factor of a room, along with a couple of recliners and loveseats. If your budget does not allow you to invest in multiple recliners, you may consider adding an ottoman. It is essential to remember that your viewing experience can only be great when you are comfortably seated and thus the seating arrangement will definitely have an impact on the design of your room for home theater.
Once the basic aspects have been taken care of, you may add to the room decor by including a T.V. tray or wooden table, a mini refrigerator and small closets. You may even keep a small microwave, so that you enjoy your favorite snacks and popcorn during show times without leaving the room.