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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

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
big tv , big window lots of light beautiful outdoor scenery, comfy couch - corrine_byrd

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 like the raised eating area behind the couch. What are your thoughts if you reduce the mudroom (shorten it and have a U), and then use the area where the electrical box is for a wet bar...thoughts? - azitella

Example of a mid-sized trendy enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater design in Salt Lake City with white walls and a projector screen

Meaghan Larsen Photographer. Lisa Shearer Designer
Example of a mid-sized trendy enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater design in Salt Lake City with white walls and a projector screen
Maison France - webuser_23628591143

Elegant enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater photo in Los Angeles with gray walls and a projector screen

Elegant enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater photo in Los Angeles with gray walls and a projector screen
Floor build a platform around entertainment area - spencer_steed

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
Screen on the wall with indirect light - maheshf

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

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 recliner chairs in front with tables for food next and ottomans in front. like carpet color and color scheme of walls. - akayla_jones

Inspiration for a rustic carpeted and brown floor home theater remodel in Atlanta with brown walls

Inspiration for a rustic carpeted and brown floor home theater remodel in Atlanta with brown walls
I like the rustic feeling of this room. Looks very comfortable. - desi2012

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
Hallway at the top of the stairs - shaun_pyke

Inspiration for a large mediterranean l-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor eat-in kitchen remodel in DC Metro with an undermount sink, raised-panel cabinets, beige cabinets, marble countertops, beige backsplash, stone tile backsplash, paneled appliances and an island

Example of a large trendy open concept carpeted and beige floor home theater design in Omaha with beige walls and a projector screen

Example of a large trendy open concept carpeted and beige floor home theater design in Omaha with beige walls and a projector screen
Just a ceiling detail for me to refer back to, but I don't mind the warm colors - dougborer

Home theater - modern home theater idea in DC Metro

Home theater - modern home theater idea in DC Metro

Inspiration for a transitional enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in Minneapolis with white walls and a projector screen

Home theater featuring Menai bar
Inspiration for a transitional enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in Minneapolis with white walls and a projector screen
Love table concept for studying or taking notes - emmaemanuel54

Huge mountain style open concept brown floor and carpeted home theater photo in Los Angeles with brown walls and a projector screen

This was a detached building from the main house just for the theater. The interior of the room was designed to look like an old lodge with reclaimed barn wood on the interior walls and old rustic beams in the ceiling. In the process of remodeling the room we had to find old barn wood that matched the existing barn wood and weave in the old with the new so you could not see the difference when complete. We also had to hide speakers in the walls by Faux painting the fabric speaker grills to match the grain of the barn wood on all sides of it so the speakers were completely hidden. We also had a very short timeline to complete the project so the client could screen a movie premiere in the theater. To complete the project in a very short time frame we worked 10-15 hour days with multiple crew shifts to get the project done on time. The ceiling of the theater was over 30’ high and all of the new fabric, barn wood, speakers, and lighting required high scaffolding work.
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Example of a trendy brown floor home theater design in Detroit

Beth Singer Photography
Example of a trendy brown floor home theater design in Detroit
This is what our original open concept could look like... - denisemathern

Example of a small trendy home theater design in Orange County with a projector screen

This project is an Electronic House Magazine award winner: http://electronichouse.com/article/small_house_goes_big_with_home_automation We were brought into this project just as the major remodel was underway, allowing us to bring together a feature-rich audio/video and automation system with elegant integration into the spaces. This system provides simple control and automation of the lights, climate, audio/video, security, video surveillance, and door locks. The homeowner can use their iPads or iPhones to control everything in their home, or when away.
Low lights, block wall, lights, couch - house_search_ny

Home theater - mid-sized transitional enclosed home theater idea in Cleveland with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv

Home theater - mid-sized transitional enclosed home theater idea in Cleveland with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv
Reagan. Love the royal with neutrals - poniesandpups

Large eclectic master gray tile and stone tile marble floor and white floor bathroom photo in DC Metro with an undermount sink, raised-panel cabinets, medium tone wood cabinets, granite countertops, a two-piece toilet, white walls and a hinged shower door

Inspiration for a rustic enclosed home theater remodel in Los Angeles with a media wall

Inspiration for a rustic enclosed home theater remodel in Los Angeles with a media wall
seating option I am not sure we have the depth for spacing. would help to float seating due to entry doors into apt. - margaret_lee63

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
This picture is an example of a scale because the counter is made to scale for a person's height or size. - adyian_al_hilali

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