How to Create The Perfect Home Cinema
You have spent all day soaking in the sunshine at the beach and now you are home, showered and refreshed and ready to relax. What could be better for those warm summer evenings by the beach than to put on your favorite action adventure flick, or cozy up with a classic rom com? Nothing says luxury and relaxation like settling in to watch a movie at the movie theater- and watching a movie in your home theater is even better.
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Nothing says luxury like having your own, private, exclusive home movie theater. In this article, we will take a look at how to set up the perfect home cinema.
Establish Your Tech Specs
The perfect home cinema requires a few special settings. First, the films themselves. Install a DVD player that can connect with your projector for old-school movie screenings. Be sure your internet is up to speed so that you can be sure to stream any TV shows or movies from online platforms without fear of glitches, halts, slow loading times, or interruptions. Place a Wi-Fi router close to your home cinema area to ensure that you have the top streaming speeds.
Next, hone the sound. You’ll want to make sure you have the best surround sound speaker system available, to honor those big audio moments and bring you- and your intimate home theatre audience- into the world of the film. Consider using smart appliances, so you can easily control and monitor the sound levels from the comfort of your home theater seats.
Place your speakers around the room for an amplified audio effect. If possible, mount some speakers above where you will be sitting, so the sound does not seem to be coming from underneath you (an effect that wouldn’t work for most films).
Wireless sound systems are ideal for keeping your home theater clear of trip hazards. If you choose to install a speaker system with cords, be sure to tuck away the cables using a pedestrian-friendly cable protector, or mount the cords on the wall.
Hit the Lights
No home cinema is complete without utter darkness. If your home theater room has windows, you’ll want to find top notch blackout curtains to prevent all natural light from filtering in and spoiling the visuals. Blackout curtains can also help improve the acoustics of your home theater, reducing noise and echo from outside and other rooms in the house.
Some blackout curtains come with thermal insulation, which can not only improve your home cinema, but also reduce your overall home energy costs. These dark curtains can help block out some of the heat from the constant Florida sunshine, thus improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Keep in mind that blackout curtains come in a variety of colors, materials, weights, and thicknesses. You can have fun customizing the design and feeling of your home cinema atmosphere by choosing curtains that add to your design theme. Velvet blackout curtains are a high-end option, but polyester curtains also block the light and come in various colors and patterns.
Once you have blocked out the natural light, you are ready to consider the mood lighting. Low level lighting can create a relaxing, exciting, and creative ambience. Wall sconces can help emphasize the feeling of a professional theatre, while colorful LED strips lend themselves to a more intimate feel. The way the room is lit before you press play is almost as important as the projection itself.
Find Your Seats
In arranging your exclusive home cinema, you will want to consider the architecture of the space. A rectangular room is usually preferable to a square room, as it lends itself more easily to extended audience seating that faces the screen.
Will your home theatre be a multi-purpose entertainment space? Or strictly a screening room? How you want to use the space will determine how the space is arranged, with a mixture of static, permanent elements and items that can be shifted around to suit the occasion.
Your theatre seating should emphasize two factors: comfort and perspective. Designing simple stadium seating will allow all your viewers to see the screen with ease. You can choose a matching seating set with lower and higher options, but for premium comfort, consider the position and viewing angle of each seat.
Once each audience member is comfortably seated and you have dimmed the lights, you are ready to roll the movie. Here, the screen and projector are vital to your home cinema’s success.
Think about the size of your room. If you are happy with a static TV screen, place it carefully and arrange the seating accordingly. If you prefer to have a screen that is bigger than 100 inches, you will want to use a projector. For a multipurpose entertainment space, a drop-down screen is ideal, as it allows you to easily transform the space each time you are ready to screen a movie. Otherwise, choose the best projector screen to suit your needs. If you want to place the speakers behind the screen, you will need to invest in an acoustically transparent screen. This is the best option for the highest quality sound.
You will have a wide variety of projectors to choose from as well. While mid-range projectors may have lower screen resolution, some of the larger, higher-end options have a loud hum. Larger projectors can also produce heat, so you will want to consider a way to ventilate the space. With the right angle, a projector can show cinema-worthy high definition imagery. Just make sure you don’t place any seats where they might block the way.
That’s a Wrap
With careful planning and thoughtful design touches, you can easily customize your home cinema. Once you have created a space that suits your needs, all you have to do is microwave some popcorn, choose the movie you’d like to see, and enjoy the luxury of a real cinema inside your own home or beach vacation rental.