Home theaters can be complemented by blackout shades

Jan 4 2011

A home theater can provide entertainment for all members of the family.
A home theater can provide entertainment for all members of the family.
Once the basics for a home theater are in place - the large-screen TV, surround speakers and related home entertainment equipment - there are other design factors that can influence the quality of the theater experience.

First, not all home theaters are the same, because not all theater viewers want the same thing. Because of space considerations, some homeowners will need to create a shared space for both home screenings and a gaming area for children or perhaps a viewing area shared with a small home office. Decorating the space will be determined by the needs of those who use the room.

Acoustics is another major consideration, according to DIYHomeTheaterDesign.com. "The shape of your home theater goes a long way to how good it will sound, no matter how expensive your audio gear may be. Sounds reflecting off walls can mean the difference between a great movie experience and an average one," states the website.

Insulated, fabric-covered acoustic wall treatments in the home theater will fix acoustic problems when they are situated in places where sound is most likely to reflect from the speakers onto walls.

Once acoustics are resolved, the selection of seating, side tables for setting down refreshments and lighting are probably the biggest choices that have to be made once the theater equipment is set up. The average number of people who are likely to view the screenings, with some space allotted for additional guests at times, will determine the style, size and arrangement of seating.

A variety of lighting sources can be chosen according to the style of décor chosen for the theater. Sconces, floor lamps and recessed lighting are among the selections that homeowners can choose to create the right ambience without casting a glare on the home screen, recommends DIYHomeTheaterDesign.com.

Window treatments that block light are also an important choice so that natural light doesn't interfere with viewing. Many styles of window shades, including pleated or roman shades, come in the style of blackout shades. Custom drapery also provides a wide choice of fabrics that can eliminate light from entering a home theater, and can be drawn back to allow natural light in when the theater isn't in use.

After the lighting and other logistics of home theater design are determined, the homeowner can choose accessories that reflect their interest in movies, gaming or other personal interests to decorate their new theater.
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