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45 Cool Home Theater Design Ideas
A home movie room is not just a sofa and a screen in a room. If you want to do this right, you’ll want to meet some bare minimums, like controlling outside light and cast a large enough picture. Requirements apply both to video projectors and screens as well as to large, flat-screen TVs. We’ve gathered the most practical and functional tips to build such a space right.
Make Your Movie Room a Dedicated Space
A dedicated home movie room is a space solely dedicated to watching videos on a big screen. This means that little else happens in that home movie room except for screening-related activities. When the home movie room shares space with other activities, the cinematic experience is lessened.
The physical room size has a huge impact on the sound you’ll be able to get in that room. If you’re lucky enough to be designing your dream home theater from scratch, there are some ratios you can use to get your room to a great basic shape. While this is a matter of some small debate, if you get somewhere between a ratio of 1 to 1.6 or 1.7 and 2.3 to 2.4, you will be well on your way to an ideal home theater layout.
a comfortable and stylish home theater with black walls and a ceiling, neutral seating furniture, dark brown textiles and floor lamps
a cool attic home theater with a large screen, a blue sofa and creamy beanbag chairs, a stained console table and neutral chairs
a jaw-dropping home theater with deep purple walls and a starry sky ceiling, black leather chairs, built-in lights is a chic space
a laconic and stylish dark home theater with black walls, a grey corner sofa, a wooden coffee table, a butterfly chair and a large screen
a luxurious and chic home theater with stained walls and leather seating furniture, burgundy velvet curtains and chair covers
Where To Place A Screen In A Home Theater?
When you’re designing your home theater layout, in general, the screen wall for your screen or video display will typically be the short wall. This will let you have some seating right in the middle of the screen with the main speakers fairly equidistant from the seats from left to right. Obviously your seating layout will affect this, especially in family rooms, but at the very least try to get the screen centered on the seating area with your speakers an equal distance off to each side of the video display if it is a television. If you are doing a front projection system and can fill up the entire front screen wall with the screen, you’ll have a huge wow factor in your great home theater.
a luxurious and refined home theater done in greys and taupe, with a large screen, built-in lights, a large sofa and some chairs is wow
a minimalist home theater with a large screen, grey seating furniture, comfortable chairs and built-in lights is a lovely idea
a minimalist home theater with a large screen, tan seating furniture, a chic stone coffee table and built-in lights is a cool space
a modern home theater in greys, with grey seating furniture, colorful geometric artwork and built-in lights is a cool space
a modern home theater with concrete walls, grey seating furniture, a large screen, an acrylic console table and grey textiles
What Are The Best Colors For A Home Theater?
If you think about the last time you were in a commercial theater you probably noticed there were no windows and the walls and ceiling were not a light color. If you have windows, consider using some sort of blackout curtain or shade. Heavy curtains often provide an acoustic benefit, too.
For rooms with a front projection movie screen, you will want the walls and ceiling to be dark in color. The screen will reflect light off of it in a pretty wide-angle and you don’t want that light reflecting back off the walls. Dark grey is an ideal color, but whatever you choose, make sure you use a matte or flat paint finish.
a modern home theater with graphite grey walls, neutral sofas and grey pillows, a large screen, built-in lights and a side table
a moody and beautiful home theater with a starry sky ceiling, dark green seating furniture, an upholstered wall and an artwork
a moody home theater with graphite grey walls and a ceiling with built-in lights, black chairs and sofas, bright pillows
a neutral and comfortable home theater with grey seating furniture, grey walls, neutral textiles and elegant sconces and built-in lights
a pretty art deco inspired home theater with black and gold walls, black leather chairs and printed pillows is a stylish and chic space
a pretty grey home theater with a starry sky ceiling, comfortable seating furniture with pillows is a lovely space to be
a refined home theater with grey and gold walls, a beautiful ceiling, neutral seating furniture, a stained console table and a large screen
What Lighting Is Needed For A Home Theater?
For home theater, you will want task lighting, accent lighting, and safety lighting. Spend some time thinking about your lighting plan when designing your home theater. Adding remote control to the lighting also adds a super cool wow factor to your home theater as well.
a refined moody home theater with upholstered panels on the walls, red and brown chairs, built-in lights and elegant side tables
a simple and laconic home theater with a glazed wall, a screen, a black media console, a stained coffee table and a grey sofa plus lots of lights
a sophisticated and welcoming home theater with curtains and cool sconces, neutral loungers with pillows and a large screen
a stylish and chic home theater with stained wooden walls, grey seating furniture, a large screen, built-in lights, shiny side tables
a welcoming home theater with a large window, a grey sofa, a leather ottoman, a large screen and a paneled ceiling is cool
an airy home theater done in neutrals, with two storage benches, elegant furniture and a rug is a cool space with a Scandinavian feel
an elegant moody home theater in black, with a large sofa and lots of comfrotable chairs, a pouf and pink pillows, built-in lights
If your seating arrangement only has one row of seating, sight lines are not really an issue. For home theaters that have more than one row, sight lines become very important. Putting one row of chairs behind another row without some kind of riser for the back row is a very bad idea. You really must do a riser. The biggest factors influencing correct sight lines are the height of the riser and the height the screen is off the floor. A 6” riser does not cut it, and an 8” one is barely enough. If you have the ceiling height for a 12” or 16” platform you will be much happier. Get inspired by more beautiful home theaters we’ve gathered below and create your own perfect one!
a gorgeous home theater with a large screen, built-in lights, sofas and chairs with cowhide covers, a home bar on one side is an amazing space to spend time
an elegant home theater designed as a real theater, with all neutral everything, burgundy curtains and dark brown sofas and chairs is all cool
a pretty living room turned into a home theater, with a large screen, a corner sofa, a brown pouf and built-in lights around
a dark-colored home theater with deep brown walls, a large screen, built-in lights, a red sofa and brown leather chairs around
a contrasting home theater nook with a black accent wall, a screen, lots of lights around and a black sofa plus printed pillows