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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!
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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
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Elegant enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in New York with gray walls and a projector screen
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Inspiration for a contemporary carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in New York with gray walls
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Example of a transitional enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Miami with brown walls
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Inspiration for a transitional home theater remodel in Boise
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Inspiration for a transitional home theater remodel in Other with black walls

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Inspiration for a timeless home theater remodel in San Francisco with a wall-mounted tv
like the bar stools and the wood - jhaas16

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Home theater - rustic home theater idea in Other
walls and ceiling. Carpet on walls. - jaglad1

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Inspiration for a large contemporary enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater remodel in New York with black walls and a media wall
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New beige and teal tones encompass this living and dining space of this family’s home. A metallic ceiling paint was used with the new different lighting fixtures to accent the areas in need. Phillips Hue LED lighting bulbs were used throughout the space including in the ceiling fixtures so that the intensity and mood of the room can simply be controlled by an app on the clients phone. Accent tables were added to the space for guests and residents to place cocktails during a conversation. Mahogany wood tones make the room more transitional. The dining chairs are upholstered with a custom patterned front to add the needed texture to the space. Accent tables were added to the foyer space for use as a temporary placeholder for keys and other pocket items as guests and residents place their shoes on or off.

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Home theater - large mediterranean enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater idea in Orange County with brown walls and a projector screen
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Home theater - huge modern home theater idea in Los Angeles
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Elegant enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater photo in Los Angeles with gray walls and a media wall

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Elegant enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater photo in Los Angeles with gray walls and a media wall
nice family &friends gathering place - beth_russell55

Mid-sized transitional enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Orlando with black walls and a projector screen

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Inspiration for a country enclosed dark wood floor and brown floor home theater remodel in Boston with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv
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Mountain style enclosed carpeted home theater photo in Boise with multicolored walls and a projector screen
This but with storage under screen - sweethappybirf

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Example of a classic enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater design in Indianapolis with blue walls and a projector screen
Two rows chairs, counter in back - 505bnd

Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater remodel in Los Angeles with a projector screen and brown walls

Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater remodel in Los Angeles with a projector screen and brown walls
Walls, lip on ceiling, halogen recess lighting. - mattaxley

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