Planning on creating a home theatre, lucky you!! What a great way to bring family and friends together. Plus a home theatre will add value to your home if you decide to sell. Here are 5 things to consider when creating your home theatre.
1. COLOURS When choosing colours for the rest of your home, you usually look for the colours that'll do the most to brighten up the room. Think exactly the opposite of that when you're designing your home movie room. Light colours reflect light and make the whole room bright and airy. Dark colours eliminate light reflection, keeping the room shadowy and cave-like. While this effect isn't a popular choice for the rest of your home, it's exactly what you want in a home theater. Choose colours like black, deep purple, burgundy or dark blue.
2. SOUND Your home theater's success is dependent on the quality of your home theater's audio components. There are a lot of guides for the best home theater speaker layout. Your audio setup usually includes front speakers, center speakers, side surrounds, back surrounds, subwoofers and home theatre cabling. Strategically aligning these speakers around your audience will make all the difference in creating an unparalleled home theatre experience and your cabling should be the highest quality pure copper so that your sound will not be compromised.
3. LIGHTING - The right lighting is an important part of making your movie room a success. If the lights are too low, you'll strain your eyes to see and end up with a headache before the credits roll. If the lights are too bright or positioned incorrectly, you'll get an annoying glare on your screen or you might not be able to see it at all.
Your overhead lights should be strong enough to flood the room with light when you're not watching a movie. This comes in handy before and after the movie, when you're cleaning or if your movie room has multiple purposes. Consider recessed LED lighting. These lights are installed above the ceiling and shoot light straight down to the floor, meaning stray beams of light won't go where you don't want them. You can also try track lighting. You can move and position the lights any way you want them over and over, so your lighting fits any task. Both track and recessed lighting usually have dim functions -- a must-have for any movie-watching space.
4. SEATING is a critical element for home theater comfort. There are many options to choose from when selecting your home theater furniture. It is important to pick seating that comfortably fits in your home theater room. A crowded home theater can ruin any theater setup. It is also important to make sure you buy home theater seating that fits your audience needs or furniture that seats your entire audience comfortably. Investing in movie theater gliders and sofas with cup holders and extra padding is a great suggestion to ensure your audience is comfortable. Be sure your television or projector screen is positioned so that your audience has to move their heads as little as possible. Forcing your audience to turn their head irregularly or awkwardly can make your home theater an uncomfortable experience.
5. DESIGN The best thing about the design stage is that you can build a home theater that encompasses your unique tastes. Your home theater does not need to look like everyone else's. Whether you want to make a tribute to your favorite movie, design your home theater like a classic drive-in, or recreate the movie palaces of old. You are only limited by your imagination and budget.