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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
love the size of the couch and the look - olieand36

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

Mid-sized country formal and enclosed dark wood floor and brown floor living room photo in Other with multicolored walls and no tv

Example of a transitional enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Miami with brown walls

Example of a transitional enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Miami with brown walls
acoustic wall tiles - everori

Home theater - rustic enclosed carpeted home theater idea in San Francisco with a wall-mounted tv

Adrian Gregorutti
Home theater - rustic enclosed carpeted home theater idea in San Francisco with a wall-mounted tv
Idea for flooring step down - mich_bennett

Home theater - beach style concrete floor and gray floor home theater idea in Orange County with white walls and a projector screen

Ryan Garvin
Home theater - beach style concrete floor and gray floor home theater idea in Orange County with white walls and a projector screen
like the idea of the two/ split couch - olieand36

Inspiration for a transitional enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater remodel in Orange County with beige walls

Chad Mellon
Inspiration for a transitional enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater remodel in Orange County with beige walls
colors - markie_mk

Example of a transitional carpeted and gray floor home theater design in Cincinnati with gray walls and a wall-mounted tv

The homeowners wanted a comfortable place where friends and family could gather. Michaelson Homes designed this entertainment unit with custom barn doors. The barn doors, painted in Black Fox to match the bar cabinetry, hide video games, movies, blankets, and other family room items. Riverside Custom Cabinetry constructed and installed both the cabinetry and the barn doors. The barn door track, from Rustica Hardware, is flat black and features brass wheels to complement the brass bar hardware.
Barn doors to close over the TV for protection - leanngustin

Home theater - tropical enclosed carpeted and green floor home theater idea in Hawaii with pink walls and a wall-mounted tv

Photography by Joe Fletcher Photo
Home theater - tropical enclosed carpeted and green floor home theater idea in Hawaii with pink walls and a wall-mounted tv
Cgdxfcgvg has been the day I have a new home this week and I am still quite busy for work tomorrow evening so we can fix the Chanel to shimmer and shine thank you - ahmedbaloni

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
Table behind couch in bonus room - eldoradohills

A family of five, who lives in a prestigious McLean neighborhood, was looking to renovate and upgrade their 20-year-old kitchen. Goals of the renovation were to move the cooktop out of the island, install all professional-quality appliances, achieve better traffic flow and update the appearance of the space. The plan was to give a French country look to this kitchen, by carrying the overall soft and creamy color scheme of main floor furniture in the new kitchen. As such, the adjacent family room had to become a significant part of the remodel. The back wall of the kitchen is now occupied by 48” professional range under a custom wood hood. A new tower style refrigerator covered in matching wood panels is placed at the end of the run, just create more work space on both sides of the stove. The large contrasting Island in a dark chocolate finish now offers a second dishwasher, a beverage center and built in microwave. It also serves as a large buffet style counter space and accommodate up to five seats around it. The far wall of the space used to have a bare wall with a 36” fireplace in it. The goal of this renovation was to include all the surrounding walls in the design. Now the entire wall is made of custom cabinets, including display cabinetry on the upper half. The fireplace is wrapped with a matching color mantel and equipped with a big screen TV. Smart use of detailed crown and trim molding are highlights of this space and help bring the two rooms together, as does the porcelain tile floor. The attached family room provides a casual, comfortable space for guest to relax. And the entire space is perfect for family gatherings or entertaining.

Inspiration for an eclectic enclosed purple floor home theater remodel in Los Angeles

This eclectic media room is installed in a combination office, car museum, art museum in Santa Barbara county. A huge 103" plasma TV seemingly "floats" off the wall due to the blue LED backlighting, which is controlled via a Crestron color touchscreen and a Crestron-connected iPad. iPad control is the norm for nearly every project we do these days. A high-performance surround sound system features all in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, including in-wall subwoofers. All audio/video components are hidden from view in an adjacent space. Besides the audio video and lighting, we can control the motorized acoustic curtains in the back of the room, the climate system, and an office/museum-wide audio system. This casual media room space also doubles as a conference room audio system when the client holds office meetings...computers and laptops can be viewed on the huge display. photo by Berlyn Photography
Hate the colors of the lights and furniture, but the layout is nice and casual and doesn't take up too much space. - branderson1984

Home theater - traditional home theater idea in Miami

Old Florida Tropical Bayfront Residence Lori Hamilton Photography George Cott Photography
Home theater - traditional home theater idea in Miami
Possible Home theater idea, I like the bar idea and the celling - webuser_580082001

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
Woodwork for theater but want traditional movie feel with framed movie posters - krista_suchter

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

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
Perfekt... und dazu noch tische und mini bar - nilca_tomas

Inspiration for a large timeless open concept carpeted and multicolored floor home theater remodel in Philadelphia with a projector screen and gray walls

Home Theater includes a stage for family band concerts. The adjoining bar area adds to the family entertaining area. This project won National awards from NARI and Electronic House. The Theater gear was supplied and installed by Media Rooms' electronic integration department. The Theater proscenium, Stage and Bar were designed & fabricated in the In-House Cabinet shop of Media Rooms Inc.
People can relax, watch a movie, or even perform on the stage - webuser_664996312

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
love the colour and the shape and feel of the couch - olieand36

The project was a complete rear renovation involving a new swimming pool, patio areas, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, deck renovation, and surrounding landscape, and lighting. The site was very challenging due to very steep slopes and a limited amount of land area to accomplish the overall goals of the project. Those were lawn areas for the kids to play as well as patio space for entertainment and a swimming pool. Due to county requirements, multiple infiltration trenches were needed to accommodate the Chesapeake Bay ordinances. Photography: Morgan Howarth. Landscape Architect: Chad Talton, Surrounds Inc.

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

Home theater - modern home theater idea in DC Metro

Home theater - modern home theater idea in DC Metro

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