March 28, 2014
Putting together a home theater takes more than selecting surround speakers and a large-screen TV. To give your viewing space a great cinema experience, choose comfortable seating, movie posters as artwork and the classic look of wood floors like those in Anderson's Vintage Legacy Floor collection.
According to Home Theater, many homeowners locate their entertainment centers in a multi-purpose space that includes both screenings and a gaming area for the kids. Or, the room may serve entirely different functions - a home office by day and a viewing area at night - so consider the needs of both when decorating.
Light for ambience
Window treatments that block light are another factor in outfitting a home theater so that natural light doesn't interfere with viewing. Many styles of window coverings, including pleated or roman shades, are available with blackout fabrics. Custom drapery also provides a wide selection of fabrics that can eliminate light from entering a home theater, and can be drawn back to allow natural light when the room is being used for other purposes.
Choose a variety of lighting to suit the best viewing in your in-house theater. Task lighting for a desk and computer area may be appropriate to a home office, but sconces, floor lamps and recessed lighting are better choices for watching movies and other entertainment. They help to create the right ambience without casting a glare on the screen, according to DIY Home Theater Design.
The room design and furnishings chosen for a home theater can affect the acoustics, a major consideration for a viewing area. The shape of the room influences how well the sound travels no matter how expensive the audio gear may be. Consider what steps you need to take to minimize sound reflection off the walls and floor. For instance, you can use an area rug to cover the flooring in a portion of the room used as a viewing space, but leave the rest of a hardwood floor unadorned elsewhere in the room.
Insulated, fabric-covered acoustic wall treatments will fix acoustic problems when you situate them in places where sound is most likely to reflect from the speakers onto walls.
Home Theater also cautioned homeowners not to locate glass tables or cabinets in a viewing area because the surface reflections will likely affect picture quality. Care should also be taken not to place the video display too high because it may create a sight line that's uncomfortable for some viewers.