Home Theater Design Tips

If you're thinking about adding a home theater, check out these tips and ideas for maximizing cinema fun.
By: Briana Mowrey
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Starry Night

Recreate the magical feeling of a movie theater at home with high-tech lighting. Here, lights give the illusion of a starry night sky on the ceiling. But in case you want the comforts of home, you can always add a sofa in addition to the theater-style seating.

From: Fernandez & True Interiors

Drama, Drama, Drama

A great way to re-create the ambiance of an actual theater is to add ceiling details reminiscent of vintage Hollywood style and old-fashioned movie palaces.

Know Your Audience

Tailor your home theater to your preferred viewing experience and how you plan to use the space. This theater is immersive and has been optimized for gaming and sports viewing as well as movie watching to make the owners feel like they're part of the action.

Up, Up and Away

You could try re-shaping your home theater by adding platform seating and moving parts. The painting in this room motorizes up to reveal a theater screen and back down to conceal it when not in use.

Functional Seating

Try to find the seating for your space that creates the best viewing environment. Whether you prefer buttery leather or plush velvet, comfort is key. (Bonus points if the seats recline or have built-in cup holders.)

Garage Conversion

You think you don't have space for a home theater? Move it to the garage, like Rate My Space user embry28 did to accommodate his nine seats and 106-inch movie screen.

Nighttime All the Time

To create a dark viewing space, try what designer Kari Whitman did. She used custom gray fabric panels that matched the seats to cover the walls. Not only does it make the space darker, it enhances the style and sound quality.

Stay Focused

In an ideal world, everyone could have a mega screen, killer sound system and rows of seating for their home theater. If that's not the case, try to keep it cozy and make the screen the main focus.

From: Coast to Coast Interiors

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