A home theater is just a dream for many people, however as many luxury homeowners know, a luxurious theater can almost be considered a mainstay for luxury real estate. Adding one can potentially add both function and value and can certainly make movie nights more exciting at home. You’ll look forward to entertaining friends and family when you gather to enjoy your favorite films and watch new releases in a great environment without having to wait in lines or finding parking spaces at the local theater. Adding a home theatre is a great way to express your taste and personality while enhancing the style and décor of your home.
Here are seven steps your need to consider for creating the ultimate home theatre experience in your home:
Planning Your Home Theater
The three most important details of your theater are the screen, the sound system, and where you store the equipment. The size of the screen should compliment the size of the room. When you’re choosing the sound system, the speakers should be sufficient to recreate the experience of being in a movie theater. If the theater is built in a large room with high ceilings and you use small speakers, the effect won’t be the same, and the sound won’t carry throughout the room.
Determine the Location
The basement is often an ideal spot to create your ultimate home theater. Covered cement walls with wood panels, drywall, or sheetrock along with a cement floor covered with wood flooring or carpeting are ideal to improve the acoustics. If you choose another location in your home, wall panels made of fabric, carpeting, and upholstered furniture will improve the sound quality. Soundproofing the room is a consideration to other family members who aren’t watching late night movies with you.
Choosing Audio and Video Systems
The clarity of the picture depends on how far from the screen your seating is placed. You should base the screen on the layout of your heater and the size of the room. For the best viewing experience, a video projection screen is an excellent option. Surround sound systems are available for home use. Speakers installed in the walls or ceiling eliminates any wiring visible.
Remember the Lighting
You’ll probably want to set up the room with mood lighting, but make sure that you don’t overdo it. Keep all your lighting on dimmers to prevent it from distracting your vision when you’re watching a movie. Creating a black ceiling with star effect lighting is also a great touch. You can have these lights operate automatically so they are out of sight until the room is in a dark setting if you install a remote sensor. Wall panel inset lighting and LED floor lighting can also give your home theatre room that finishing touch.
Have Fun With the Decor
Websites that specialize in home theater decor allow you to get creative. Furniture, curtains, wall decor, glassware, and movie posters are just a few of the items you can buy for your home theater. Display poster from your favorite movies, or group several photos of your favorite actors. If you place photos in glass frames, make sure to use anti-glare glass. Another idea for decorating the theater is to use a theme like Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones.
Make sure that everyone in the room has a good view of the screen. If you have a large space to work with, you could build risers so that everyone sitting has unobstructed and equally great views of the screen. If you have the space, specialized stadium-style seating with reclining chairs offer the most luxurious cinema experience.
Make it Comfortable
A climate-controlled system such as air conditioning is a good investment for your home theatre because it keeps the room at a comfy temperature for watching all year round. Keeping it cool in the summer and comfortable in the winter will make your viewing experience even better, so this can almost be considered as a must have option.
A luxury home theater is an amenity that a lot of homebuyers are looking for. When you’re listing your home for sale in the future, a state-of-the-art home theater can often create more interest in your home and can even potentially increase its value. So once you’ve made the decision to go ahead, its time to let your imagination run wild and be as creative or functional as your desire and budget allows you to be.