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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!
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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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
In-cement lightning is cool. It's very faint, but nice to not have too-dark backdrop for the TV. - braden_cok63

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
Framed out to look more finished - roomtobreathe

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Example of a mid-sized transitional enclosed carpeted and brown floor home theater design in DC Metro with brown walls and a media wall

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

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Inspiration for a contemporary carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in New York with gray walls
Completed Projects - RAYVA - Theater - dsnyluvr11

Tuscan enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater photo in Kansas City with brown walls and a wall-mounted tv

Tuscan enclosed carpeted and multicolored floor home theater photo in Kansas City with brown walls and a wall-mounted tv
great theatre room - lucettehome

Example of a large transitional enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater design in Denver with white walls and a projector screen

This space had the kids of this family in mind, as they bring friends over often to watch movies. This home theater design gives them the feel of being in a cozy movie theater, popcorn included. Photo by Emily Minton Redfield
Theater room with textured ceiling - namckoy

Home theater - contemporary enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater idea in Los Angeles with black walls and a projector screen

Home theater - contemporary enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater idea in Los Angeles with black walls and a projector screen
Home theater - like the media console - twomomboy

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

Inspiration for a timeless enclosed carpeted and brown floor home theater remodel in Raleigh with brown walls and a wall-mounted tv

Inspiration for a timeless enclosed carpeted and brown floor home theater remodel in Raleigh with brown walls and a wall-mounted tv
Potential configuration - gregg_jacob47

Home theater - traditional open concept carpeted and multicolored floor home theater idea in Other with a projector screen

Home theater - traditional open concept carpeted and multicolored floor home theater idea in Other with a projector screen
like the "feel" of this room; back wall - brook_klawitter

Example of a large island style l-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor kitchen design in Hawaii with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, dark wood cabinets, solid surface countertops, white backsplash, paneled appliances and no island

Elegant enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Indianapolis with gray walls

Elegant enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater photo in Indianapolis with gray walls
pillared walls, projection screen - doctorspc

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
Stars on ceiling, lights on walls home theatre - lionness_bless

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
Completed Projects - RAYVA - Theater - dsnyluvr11

Home theater - large transitional open concept carpeted and beige floor home theater idea in Omaha with beige walls and a projector screen

Home theater - large transitional open concept carpeted and beige floor home theater idea in Omaha with beige walls and a projector screen
Gold accent (curtains?) in otherwise grey playroom - pgator12

Home theater - transitional enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater idea in Philadelphia with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv

Home theater - transitional enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater idea in Philadelphia with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv
客厅,吊顶,墙颜色,电视柜 - luujon1990

Inspiration for a large farmhouse brown floor home theater remodel in Cincinnati with gray walls and a media wall

This basement features billiards, a sunken home theatre, a stone wine cellar and multiple bar areas and spots to gather with friends and family.
Inspiration for a large farmhouse brown floor home theater remodel in Cincinnati with gray walls and a media wall
I like the size of the screen - christoneymusic

Huge transitional enclosed carpeted home theater photo in Los Angeles with a projector screen

The theater features terraced, leather seating, cove lighting, and quilted fabric wall panels for improved acoustics. Kim Pritchard Photography
Huge transitional enclosed carpeted home theater photo in Los Angeles with a projector screen
Home theater with couch in front - chairs in back - tammy_fletcher46

Home theater - transitional carpeted and brown floor home theater idea in Austin with brown walls and a projector screen

The electric fireplace in the media room is a great memory point for this intriguing space. The inviting sectional provides a comfortable and cozy seating arrangement for friends and family to watch movies. The dark walls create contrast against the over stuffed and comfortable yellow sofa which allows it to be focus with in the room.
wrong color... but comfortable layout - nickcala

Example of a classic enclosed carpeted home theater design in Minneapolis with a projector screen

A recent John Kraemer & Sons project on Lake Minnetonka's Gideon's Bay in the city of Tonka Bay, MN. Architecture: RDS Architects Interiors: Brandi Hagen of Eminent Interior Design Photography: Jon Huelskamp of Landmark Photography
Four seats up front to fit width - renner25

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