Thinking about designing a home theater? I have some pretty cinematic home theater ideas just for you!
One of the most popular trends I’ve seen recently in home design is the home theater. Everyone loves going out to the movies, but why go out when you can stay in? Home theaters used to be a luxury for the rich, but now anyone can have a movie theater right in their own home.
I’m not going to get into the technological stuff. It doesn’t make a difference to me if you use a projector screen and surround sound… I’m just here to help you make your room look great! On to the home theater ideas!
First things first. Your entrance. No theater room is complete without a grand entrance! Personally, I love the idea of a theater hidden behind a giant movie poster. Granted, I’m a complete sucker for hidden rooms, so this would just give me an excuse to have one! Alternatively, you can go more old-school with a classic cinema entrance like the photo on the right or the featured image. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with that look.
The entrance to your room is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your media room decor. You home theater interior has to look good, too! Next on the list: home theater seating. Whether you have room for a loveseat or a giant pit-shaped couch, you need comfy seating! Watching a movie when you’re uncomfortable is no fun. Make sure you and your guests have a nice place to relax while you watch your movie. I love the idea of a giant sectional for lounging or rows of recliners, but if you have more guests than room, try out the bar seating pictured above. Upholstered bar stools aligned around a console table make for cozy extra seating in a small home theater. Plus, if your guests want to eat while they watch, this way they have a nice place to put their food! I love it when a plan works out.
Via DIY Network
One very important thing for creating your home theater room is sound proofing! The great thing is that you can make your own and they don’t have to be ugly! Yay! Check out this article to learn how to make your own.
I know I told you I wasn’t going to get into the technical details, but I’m not counting this kind of soundproofing as technical. Why you ask? Because these panels can be decorative! Cover them in the right fabric and you have sound proofing that doubles as movie theater decor! Score!
Along the same lines of sound proofing, your theater room will definitely need curtains. Not only do curtains block out the light from outside, they’ll also help with your home theater acoustics - they’ll absorb some sound! To get the most out of your curtains, you should purchase blackout shades. Let’s be real, you’re not going to want any natural lighting coming into your room. There aren’t any windows at a movie theater, so why would your home theater have any? I’m not saying renovate your house to take out your windows. No, you just want to be able to block out the light when you’re watching a movie.
Now that you’ve blocked out all the natural light, you might want a little bit of artificial light so you can see around your room! Oh don’t look at me like that! This is a perfectly valid excuse to buy some really awesome lamps. You can’t honestly tell me that these aren’t awesome media room lighting ideas!
In all seriousness, you’re going to want some lamps in your room. Once you have all the natural light blocked out, it will be hard to see to get to the bathroom (or anywhere else). No one wants to have to take a trip to the emergency room because you couldn’t see and broke a toe! So since you’re in the market for lighting, you might as well get some that is movie themed! I’ve always loved the idea of having a lamp that looks like a spot light. There’s just something so right about theater room lighting coming from a spot light. The projector lamp shown is another fantastic idea. I don’t think these two lamps will ever go out of style.
So you have a really awesome lamp. Well… now you need a side table to put that lamp on! And, if you’re going to buy a table, you might as well keep with your theme! This film reel table is so cool! It’s like film reels were just meant to be side tables. This table positively screams home theater furniture. Honestly, this would look good in any room – home theater or otherwise!
Via Crafts by Amanda
While you’re at it, why not just make a whole concession stand? If you’re going all out with your home theater, you might as well. I mean, let’s be real… most people want a little snack while they watch the movie. Which means you’ll probably already have the snacks. So all you need to do is display them attractively. The home concession stand shown above is really pretty awesome - it even has a mini fridge! Cool drinks, popcorn, and candy? Now all you need to do is actually sit back and watch the movie!
If you don’t have a large piece of furniture available to serve as your concession stand, try this awesome DIY wall-mounted version - yes, it’s pegboard! Your home theater will benefit from a concession area - no matter the size!
There’s just one last piece to the puzzle. A little bit of comfort. Yes, you already have your comfy couch or bar stools, but you’ve got to have some pillows! Theater room accessories are a must. These ticket pillows will fit right in with your movie theme! I just love the vintage feel to them.
Obviously, there are no throw pillows in a normal movie theater, but this way you get to take advantage of being at home! Plus, throw pillows are great for covering your face during the scary parts of the movie!
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Super extra bonus points if you make a theater room like this! You can save a whole lot of gas by going to this “drive-in” home movie theater!
So what do you think? Do you want a home theater now? I know I sure do. If you already have one (or are now going to set one up), I’d love to see how you’ve decorated it! Don’t forget to comment and share!
**Featured image via HTI