271 Traditional Home Theater Design Photos

For the avid movie buff, a normal family room or living room just doesn't cut it; to really enjoy a good film, sometimes you just need your own home theater. Although it might seem like a splurge, watching the newest blockbuster with a projector, surround sound and theater seating can really enhance your movie-watching experience, especially if you have a popcorn machine or candy station to top it off. If you're really serious about creating your own traditional media room, take time to research your seating, ideal TV equipment and home bar or wet bar options. More 
Jeannine Williams Design
3 Reviews
Park Avenue Penthouse
Ideabooks185
Questions1
Park Avenue Penthouse - Study Photo by Kris Tamburello Photography
“Wooden. Wall” — Puspa Shrestha
Bisulk Kitchens
15 Reviews
Wall Unit/Entertainment Center
Ideabooks119
Questions0
“Built in” — rozfree
Tandem Architecture & Construction
Old Irving Park Single-Family Home
Ideabooks682
Questions0
Architect: Tandem Architecture; Photo Credit: Steven Johnson Photography
“theater wall” — teript
Northern Virginia Interior Designer
Nationally recognized Interior Designer featured on HGTV. Full service design firm specializing in design solutions for inspired living.
Sponsored
Jane Page Design Group
1 Review
Showroom Theater
Ideabooks92
Questions0
DM Photography, Miro Dvorscak
“carpet” — hycies45
Moss Building and Design
12 Reviews
Home Theater
Ideabooks1,315
Questions0
“Equipment cabinet location.” — Boyd on a Wire
Ben Bater Carpentry & Joinery
4 Reviews
Media Unit
Ideabooks10
Questions0
Ben Bater
“unit ideas” — Shelley Howells
Advance Home Improvement, LLC
Home Theaters
Ideabooks3
Questions0
“Ceiling and projector screen wall color” — bpass222
Designer Vision And Sound Ltd
6 Reviews
Not every cinema room needs to look like one! Cobham Surrey
Ideabooks64
Questions0
Designer Vision and Sound Ltd
“pillows” — Renee
Renovating in Ashburn? Contact a local pro
Pristine Acres
Northern Virginia Landscape Architect and Custom Pool Builder
View my projects
TrueBuilt, LLC
Northern Virginia Contractor
View my projects
What kind of seating should I put in my home theater?
The kind of seating you add to your space depends on your overall budget and the level of authenticity you desire. If you're looking for a true-to-life movie experience, stadium seating is a must. Add platforms and stairs to mimic tiers, and use leather lounge chairs as comfortable theater chair replicas. For a less expensive approach, use the same armchairs but avoid multiple levels, or opt for several traditional sectionals and ottomans instead. To cater to those who like to eat and watch at the same time, install a bar counter with counter stools.

What equipment should I add to my media room?
Once again, budget dictates your technology, as well as personal preference. A projector and projector screen lead to a more dramatic movie experience, but the picture can be slightly blurry if the equipment quality is bad. A high-definition plasma or LCD TV might not be quite as large scale, but it always offers a crisp, clear image. If you do your research, you can even find oversized wall-mounted TVs that match the size of a projector screen — for a pretty penny, of course. When it comes to high-quality sound, surround sound is the way to go. Install speakers throughout the space, and be sure to put in soundproof wall panels so you don't disturb sleeping family members.

Should I add a wet bar or home bar to my home theater?
It's not a true movie theater without some popcorn, and adding your own concession stand is an easy way to ensure it's always nearby. On a small scale, you can add a wet bar with mini fridge, candy drawer and microwave, or you can opt for a larger investment with a full-fledged home bar, complete with your favorite alcoholic drinks and barware. If you want to go big, mimic a true concession stand with glass cabinets, popcorn maker and soda fountain machine.
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™