Tips for designing your media room

Phantom Screens / May 31, 2016

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Adding a media room to your home lets you bring a wide variety of leisure and entertainment opportunities into your life. Here are some things to think about if you’re considering adding a home theater.

Blocking natural light

You may not want to wait until nighttime to show a movie or design the room in a basement, so you’ll need a reliable way to block out sunlight. Retractable window screens are the perfect solution. This way, a room that receives heavy amounts of natural light can still function as a multimedia room.

Furniture

Once your screens are in place, you’ll want to think about design. Assuming you’ve gone the route of a media room that can act as a living room, you’ll want your d├ęcor to be flexible. Comfortable furniture is a must. The whole point of having a home theater is that it is more relaxed and casual than going out to see a movie. Consider sofas and chairs that retract. Cup holders are a bonus. Pairing a sofa or sectional with a lounge chair keeps the room versatile and comfortable. An ottoman makes a great foot rest if you want to avoid recliners.
Keep extra chairs close by for when you invite friends or neighbors over for a viewing party.
Cabinets or media storage systems can conceal or display your film or game collection, so you have a lot of options in this department. However, concealing media components helps to keep the room open for more multiple uses.

Colored down

Darker colors work well for media rooms as they absorb light. They also reduce glare and create a moody atmosphere for more dramatic movies or games. Flat or matte paints also help diminish glare. You can also choose to contrast colors. Having dark leather or deep wooden furniture and a cream or beige wall complements one another and keeps the room an optimum hue for movie watching.

Lighting

A media room should be just as versatile with lighting as with furniture. Consider a dimmer switch or reading lamps to adjust the amount of light in the room. A brighter room may prevent you from getting into the movie you’re watching or game you’re playing. This works out if you have a movie on in the background. If, however, you prefer to be fully invested, a range of lighting adjustments gives you that option. This is where retractable screen systems give you opportunities to control the natural light in the room.

Hidden wiring

To keep the room clutter-free, you’ll want to hide wiring. And if you have a surround sound speaker system, you are bound to have wires in abundance. Baseboards are great places to conceal wires, as they appear very natural. If you are planning on keeping the room in this configuration for a long time, you may also consider running cords through the drywall. To do this you will have to cut a few holes. Though small, they are hard to reverse so be sure before you drill.
The easiest route, perhaps, is going wireless. So if you are purchasing new media equipment, this would be worth looking into.

Sound isolation

As with lighting, you will want control over what sound gets in and out of your media room. There are several places where sound escapes. They include the walls, floors and ceiling joists. To mitigate sound transferred on the floor, add carpeting. Soft surfaces absorb sound better than hard ones. So if your media room has wood floors, get a rug or switch them out for carpet.
Curtains act in the same way. In fact, any soft surface will absorb sound. Pillows look natural in a room where comfort is key and they will balance the acoustics of your media room.