Top tips for creating your own home cinema
Discover how to create a home cinema and how to turn it into your dream space from the comfort of your own home.
Building a home cinema is the icing on the cake of a structural renovation. Your entertainment needs are absolutely worth it. A home cinema room can vary greatly, depending on your needs and budget, from a sofa and screen to a miniature version of a traditional movie theatre. In addition, a well-structured home cinema can add value to your home in the event of a later sale. Here are a few things to consider for your new favourite room.
Decide on the room
A home cinema is a part of the house dedicated exclusively to viewing media content. That means that there should be little else going on in that room, to avoid disturbing the activity. That is why having a dedicated room is a good idea to enhance the experience. An extra room works perfectly, but it has to be long enough to keep the distance to the screen. An extra garage is usually the best option.
Control the light
The light in the room is an essential element for a good experience. In any kind of home renovation, the aim is to add more light to any of the rooms. In this case, the aim is just the opposite, to eliminate any light from entering during your favourite films.
Control the sound
Sound is very important when watching a film or series, both the sound of the films themselves and the sound outside. A very common suggestion in these cases is to install carpeting, both on the floor and on the walls of the room, to prevent sound from bouncing off rigid surfaces. Another common tip is to install insulation panels in the room to prevent outside sounds from affecting the sound of the film.
Make your home cinema feel like a real cinema
What is your vision for your home cinema? For many it's the typical scene of red fuzzy armchairs, a popcorn machine, dim lights that turn off when playback starts, etc., while for others it's just a sofa and a TV with good sound and picture. Whatever your favourite aesthetic, remember to setup your new living room accordingly.
Pre-plan your seating location.
Being too close to the screen or at the wrong angle can often be a bad idea as it can affect the overall experience. Therefore, the best idea is to work out where they will go before installing the screen or television. It is also a good idea if there are several rows of seats, to elevate the rear seats, to avoid blocking the view.
Don't overcomplicate the room
If you overcrowd your room, it can end up looking messy and can get in the way of the original cinema experience you're looking for. It can be tricky to resist hanging specific elements of a cinema room, but try not to put them close to the screen. Therefore, it is best that any wall or floor decorations are placed behind the seats.
Use dark colours for walls and ceiling.
As with light, ceilings are usually painted white to maximise the light or brightness of the room. In this case, we want just the opposite. We recommend that you paint both ceilings and walls black or another dark colour to minimise the light reflecting off the walls of the chosen screen.
Mar Pérez-Aranda |
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