Where do you begin designing a luxury home theater? Building a truly immersive environment for watching movies and TV shows, playing video games, and cheering on your favorite sports team requires careful attention to dozens of small details. Everything from the size and shape of the room to the amount of outside light to the seating arrangements contributes to the comfort, aesthetic, and overall viewing experience.
If you’re embarking on the planning and designing phases for a home theater in Westchester, NY, we’re here to help with three design elements that help bring your theater room together. Read on to learn more.
The color and level of sheen of your paint can have a significant impact on your viewing experience. If your walls and ceiling have a light paint color or high-sheen finish (think pearl, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes), they’ll reflect light from the movie screen, which can be particularly distracting during brightly lit scenes of a film. Instead, paint your walls and ceiling a neutral or dark shade — such as gray, tan, brown, burgundy, maroon, navy, or black — and complete with a low-sheen flat, matte, or eggshell finish.
The flooring material in your theater room affects the acoustics. When choosing a flooring material, keep in mind that sound waves bounce off hard surfaces. So, while wood or tile floors may look modern and elegant, they could also cause boomy, muddy, or reverberating sound. Plush carpet that absorbs sound is an excellent choice for home theater flooring. And it’s more comfortable for pets and young kids who want to play on the floor!
If you’re dead set on wood or tile flooring — or if you’re transforming a pre-existing room with hard flooring into a cinema — you’ll need to invest in thick, cushy area rugs and acoustic wall treatments to control reverberations.
Seating is often an overlooked element in home theater design, but it should be part of the design process from the beginning. First, you’ll need to make sure the number of seats matches the room’s size. Too many seats will make your theater feel crowded and cramped, while too few will limit the number of people who can be in the room. Second, you’ll need to make sure that your seats are the right viewing distance from the movie screen. Nobody wants to watch a two-hour film while craning their neck up to see the screen.
Third, make sure your seating layout guarantees everyone a great view of the screen. If you have a single row or cluster of seats, this isn’t as big a concern. But if you’re planning on tiered seating, you’ll need to invest in a riser or platform for the rear seats to ensure that nobody’s view is blocked. And finally, invest in comfortable seating! Whether you’re getting couches, sectionals, beanbags, traditional theater seating or a mix, make sure they’re plush and cozy enough to sit in for several hours at a time.
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