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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

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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

Large tuscan enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater photo in Houston with white walls and a projector screen

Gorgeously Built by Tommy Cashiola Construction Company in Fulshear, Houston, Texas. Designed by Purser Architectural, Inc.
Large tuscan enclosed carpeted and beige floor home theater photo in Houston with white walls and a projector screen

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

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

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 - rustic home theater idea in Other

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

Home theater - modern home theater idea in DC Metro

Home theater - modern home theater idea in DC Metro

AV Architects + Builders Location: Tysons, VA, USA The Home for Life project was customized around our client’s lifestyle so that he could enjoy the home for many years to come. Designed with empty nesters and baby boomers in mind, our custom design used a different approach to the disparity of square footage on each floor. The main level measures out at 2,300 square feet while the lower and upper levels of the home measure out at 1000 square feet each, respectively. The open floor plan of the main level features a master suite and master bath, personal office, kitchen and dining areas, and a two-car garage that opens to a mudroom and laundry room. The upper level features two generously sized en-suite bedrooms while the lower level features an extra guest room with a full bath and an exercise/rec room. The backyard offers 800 square feet of travertine patio with an elegant outdoor kitchen, while the front entry has a covered 300 square foot porch with custom landscape lighting. The biggest challenge of the project was dealing with the size of the lot, measuring only a ¼ acre. Because the majority of square footage was dedicated to the main floor, we had to make sure that the main rooms had plenty of natural lighting. Our solution was to place the public spaces (Great room and outdoor patio) facing south, and the more private spaces (Bedrooms) facing north. The common misconception with small homes is that they cannot factor in everything the homeowner wants. With our custom design, we created an open concept space that features all the amenities of a luxury lifestyle in a home measuring a total of 4300 square feet. Jim Tetro Architectural Photography

Home theater - traditional carpeted home theater idea in Salt Lake City

Opening these fancy barn doors reveals an impressive home theater system designed and installed by Big Fish Automation.
Home theater - traditional carpeted home theater idea in Salt Lake City
seating separation of space lighting - webuser_26394755

Home theater - mid-sized contemporary enclosed brown floor and carpeted home theater idea in Other with black walls and a projector screen

Custom Home in Jackson Hole, WY Paul Warchol Photography
Home theater - mid-sized contemporary enclosed brown floor and carpeted home theater idea in Other with black walls and a projector screen
Suspended panels to change ceiling height for better sound? - denise03049

Inspiration for a rustic enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in Other with brown walls

Inspiration for a rustic enclosed carpeted and gray floor home theater remodel in Other with brown walls
cool idea for use of current furniture in livingroom. - suzanne_wisniewski

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 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
Additional seating- 4 single chairs (2 each side) at front - denise03049

Example of a trendy black floor home theater design in Columbus with black walls and a projector screen

J.E. Evans
Example of a trendy black floor home theater design in Columbus with black walls and a projector screen
Walls, trim and ceilings are all painted Restoration Hardware, Obisidian - brittanyhodgson56

Large mountain style enclosed carpeted home theater photo in Denver with multicolored walls and a media wall

Large mountain style enclosed carpeted home theater photo in Denver with multicolored walls and a media wall
Interesting - lighted plexi mural panels?? - jenuk

Radius cobblestone tiers lead up to artificial turf golf practice/putting area.
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Inspiration for a mediterranean enclosed carpeted and brown floor home theater remodel in Orange County with gray walls and a projector screen

Photos courtesy of Michael Eisenberg
Inspiration for a mediterranean enclosed carpeted and brown floor home theater remodel in Orange County with gray walls and a projector screen
#2 human scale this shows shows a family movie room & sets the mood/theme as a theater - rakiya_turner

Example of a trendy carpeted and multicolored floor home theater design in Baltimore

Maryland Photography Inc.
Example of a trendy carpeted and multicolored floor home theater design in Baltimore
Another idea for outside the theater - hometheaterman

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