Design Tips For Your Home Theater
Whether you have a space that functions exclusively as a home theater or you’ve just picked out large screen for your living room and want to add some home theater elements, there is nothing quite like having a cozy place where everyone can comfortably sit back and escape into a great movie.
Here are some design tips to help you elevate your style while optimizing your viewing experience:
Interesting Room Dynamics Are Ideal – Rectangular rooms are better than square for sound, but long, flat wall expanses can reflect and distort sound. Even if you don’t have windows to cover, curtains can help break up sound distortion that occurs with long flat expanses of flat walls. Another option is upholstered furniture pieces along walls and canvas style wall art. Periodically spaced wood cabinets or alcoves can add dimension to a flat wall and will help some with the sound but won’t dampen it as well as fabric.
A media room with hardwood or tile floors will benefit from an area rug to help absorb sound. Select a generous size for the room, covering as much of the hard flooring as possible.
Dimmable Lights – wall sconces and floor lamps on dimmer switches can surround your room bright light when you aren’t watching and lowered to soft light when the movie is on. This is especially valuable in a room that has multiple purposes.
Seating you can Sink Into – Create the perfect perch for your family and friends with bucket style cushions, reclining seats and generous arm rests to wrap each person in comfort. Extras like built in cup holders add to the convenience. Gently curved sectionals can be ideal, providing the perfect viewing angle for each person. However if your room needs to function as a family space as well, look for sofas, loveseats and swivel recliners that can be positioned for viewing or visiting. Because snacks and drinks go hand in hand with movie time, look for seating in durable, easy care surfaces like leather and microfiber.
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