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Home Theater Ideas

For the movie buff, having a home theater room is a must. Although it might seem like a splurge, watching the newest blockbuster with surround sound and theater seating from the comfort of your own home will really enhance your movie-watching experience. If you're serious about creating your own media room, take the time to research the best seating and audiovisual equipment. Follow these tips to put your home theater ideas into action.

What type of home theater decor should I add?


Start by deciding on an overall theme to use for your home theater design. Do you want to have a general cinematic feel? Then pick wall decor that is representative of filmmaking, like an oversized film reel and clapperboard. If you have a favorite genre of films, find a couple of posters from your top movies and highlight them in simple frames. Hang some deep-colored velvet curtains on one or more walls for the luxurious look that’s synonymous with home theaters, and add some uplights pointed at the walls for subtle yet stunning lighting. No true home movie theater can be without popcorn, but adding your own concession stand is an easy way to ensure it's always nearby. On a small scale, you can add a table or bar cabinet with a mini fridge, candy drawer and microwave. If you’re opting for a larger investment, go with a full-fledged built-in home bar, complete with your favorite drinks and barware. To mimic a true concession stand, use glass-panel cabinets, a freestanding popcorn maker and soda fountain machine. Check out other home theater pictures to see what fun and functional decor others are including.

What kind of seating should I use in a home theater design?


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 your home theater design 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 a deep sectional and ottomans instead. If you don’t want your typical sofas and armchairs, take a look at seating that is designed specifically for home theaters. It often includes features such as snack and cup holders and reclining ability, so you will feel like you stepped into your local cinema. Also, consider catering to those who like to eat and watch at the same time, by adding unique home theater ideas like bar counters with stools.

What equipment do I need in my media room?


Once again, budget dictates your technology, as well as personal preference. Most home theaters will take the projector and screen route, which can lead to a more dramatic movie experience; however, the picture can be slightly blurry if the equipment quality is not top-notch. 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 audio, surround sound is the way to go. The best home theater ideas include speakers installed throughout the space, but be sure to put in soundproof wall panels so you don't disturb family members or neighbors. Last but not least, remember to invest in a good remote control — there’s nothing worse than having to get out of your seat to adjust the volume mid-movie!
Large transitional enclosed carpeted and blue floor home theater photo in Houston

Movie Poster Murals.
Large transitional enclosed carpeted and blue floor home theater photo in Houston
art with Black actors. color palette. - amariet

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Landmark Photography
Home theater - large contemporary open concept medium tone wood floor and brown floor home theater idea in Other with white walls and a projector screen
room just off the pool with view of the pool>. SJ - webuser_642900147

Mary Parker Architectural Photography
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Trendy enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Orange County with black walls

Trendy enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Orange County with black walls
I like the ceiling and dark walls. - hannah_burgess3

Inspiration for a large mediterranean enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater remodel in Other with yellow walls and a projector screen

Inspiration for a large mediterranean enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater remodel in Other with yellow walls and a projector screen
love everything about it beautiful design - sheena_hardy78

Home theater - contemporary home theater idea in Portland with gray walls

The home theater has inviting velvet chairs, funny Mexican movie posters and pillows made from vintage silk scarves. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.
Home theater - contemporary home theater idea in Portland with gray walls
family room furniture easily movable for theater - ruthkimmerle

Home theater - large transitional open concept carpeted and gray floor home theater idea in Salt Lake City with gray walls and a media wall

Brad Montgomery
Home theater - large transitional open concept carpeted and gray floor home theater idea in Salt Lake City with gray walls and a media wall
I know what to do with the other bedroom downstairs - sandra_crowther74

Inspiration for a timeless home theater remodel in San Francisco with a wall-mounted tv

Photo by Bernard André
Inspiration for a timeless home theater remodel in San Francisco with a wall-mounted tv
I really like the reclaimed wood for the bar, the brushed metal and the industrial chairs. - katie_pick

Elegant home theater photo in Other

Elegant home theater photo in Other
Home theatre idea with wall panels. - aminumo

Inspiration for a contemporary light wood floor and beige floor home theater remodel in New York with gray walls and a projector screen

Inspiration for a contemporary light wood floor and beige floor home theater remodel in New York with gray walls and a projector screen
Movie room with comfy seating and large viewing screen - hjenkins62

Who says you can't have a great kitchen in a small space? This small kitchen's style also comes with all the amenities! The maple cabinets,in their natural finish, along with the slate floors give an earthy touch to the sleek lines and grey granite that complete this contemporary look. Design by Carol Luke. Cabinetry by Brookhaven by Wood-Mode Photo by Morgan Howarth

Inspiration for a contemporary carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in New York with gray walls

Phillip Ennis Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in New York with gray walls
Lighted posters, ceiling lights - shiva_srinivasan

Inspiration for a transitional home theater remodel in Other with black walls

Inspiration for a transitional home theater remodel in Other with black walls
i like the colors of the pillows - 360homecinema

Inspiration for a timeless enclosed home theater remodel with a projector screen

This media room has tri-folding doors beneath a paneled arched header to conceal the screen when not in use. Doors below the screen are on touch-catches for discreet equipment storage. The media center is flanked on both sides by open display cabinets. In the background to the left, you see the wet bar with custom leaded glass designs and a matching leaded glass interior door into the wine room - all by Banner's Cabinets.
Ours is oriented differently, but this is a cool plan, I like the bar/cafe area up there. - donald_garber

Transitional carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Orange County with gray walls

Transitional carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Orange County with gray walls
very futuristic looking. I just like it - april_sapp28

Inspiration for a country enclosed dark wood floor and brown floor home theater remodel in Boston with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv

kyle caldwell
Inspiration for a country enclosed dark wood floor and brown floor home theater remodel in Boston with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv
Bench seating, wainscoting - flannelpyjamas

Example of a large classic enclosed medium tone wood floor and brown floor home theater design in Salt Lake City with beige walls

Example of a large classic enclosed medium tone wood floor and brown floor home theater design in Salt Lake City with beige walls
I like the bar... But THAT'S IT! - lily_halley

Home theater - mediterranean carpeted and black floor home theater idea in San Francisco with gray walls

Home theater - mediterranean carpeted and black floor home theater idea in San Francisco with gray walls
Vertical LED Hidden Lights - rajeev_kapoor75

Example of a large trendy enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Other with gray walls and a projector screen

Red Hog Media
Example of a large trendy enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Other with gray walls and a projector screen
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Example of a large trendy enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Miami with gray walls and a projector screen

Emilio Collavino
Example of a large trendy enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Miami with gray walls and a projector screen
We won't have space for this but I love this kind of sofa - famturner

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