Home theatres are the ultimate in entertainment space. They give you, your family and friends the opportunity to hang out and relax over a choice movie or favourite sport without having to leave the house. Whatever your budget, you can, with a bit of forethought, create a room that is suitable for your viewing pleasure. Just don’t forget the popcorn!
Not everyone has the space to dedicate a room entirely to a home theatre. If you do, great! If not, that’s okay; feel free to create a room that can double up as a living room or game room as well. A home theatre doesn’t necessarily have to have cinema seating to limit its usage. By looking around and sourcing furniture that works well for both cinema viewing and general relaxation, makes more sense on the pocket.
Vertical speakers or soundbars aren’t so obtrusive when it comes down to it, although you will need to check the specifications to ensure that they give you the cinematic-quality sound you seek. As home theatres are doubling up as game rooms and other living spaces, slimmer sized soundbars make a logical choice. They look so much better than large free standing speakers and can suit even the smallest of spaces.
Home cinemas are breaking away from traditional settings and creating family-friendly spaces for fun movie-going opportunities. If cinema seating isn’t for you, then there are other ways to fill the space. Consider comfortable couches and large ottomans that allow you to sit back and relax with the whole family or even a selection of beanbags for the ultimate in relaxation and fun.
Sports fans, in particular, will appreciate a video wall with multiple flat panel TVs that will allow you to showcase more than one channel at a time. And when it’s time for big screen viewing, then you can pull down the projector screen for a more traditional cinema-like setting. Many homeowners are also opting for a large flat screen as a replacement for a projector screen as technological improvements are making them bigger and better than ever.
If your indoor cinema is used as a multi-purpose space, then you will have to put more thought into the lighting. You will need to be able to dim the lights to enhance the cinematic experience, yet have enough lighting for when you want to transform the space back into a usable living area. Be sure to maintain some lighting during your screen time so people can still enter and exit the room safely. Avoid the use of lamps and fluorescent lighting as it will not give you the desired movie-going effect.
While traditionalists may prefer to use dark wall colours (preferable in most theatre spaces), it is perfectly fine to opt for lighter colour choices on the walls and the ceiling. Aim for colours such as burgundy, grey, or brown and avoid blues, greens and yellows to limit screen distortion. Don’t feel that you have to paint the room all the one colour. Having a contrasting colour on the walls that don’t house the screen is perfectly okay. As you want to keep the focus on the screen, opt for a flat paint to minimise the glare. You can also add acoustical wall panels to enhance the sound and match your desired paint colour.
Carpets and curtains
Soft velvet carpets can feel wonderful underfoot and really boost the home theatre experience. A thick carpet is extremely effective in absorbing the sound; however, an area rug will also work well if a change of flooring is not an option. Thick curtains and drapes on external windows will block out most light and carry on the sense of luxury presented by the carpets. You can also purchase motorised shades and curtains which are designed to block out all outside light.