Home Theater Design Ideas

Get inspiration from these home theater design ideas, and prepare to install a custom entertainment space in your home.
CEDIA2013_HT6_futurtistic_design_lighting_audio_system_home_theater_h

CEDIA2013_HT6_futurtistic_design_lighting_audio_system_home_theater_h

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

By: Sean McEvoy

Home theaters have become more commonplace in recent years, whether tucked away in the basement of a cozy bungalow or as an elaborate wing of a palatial estate. These custom entertainment spaces can add to a home's enjoyment factor, not to mention its resale value. If you're considering adding one to your home, you'll want to browse some home theater design ideas for inspiration.

Designer Home Theaters and Media Rooms

Garage Redo

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Under the Sea

Retro Hollywood Style

Cool and Contemporary

Lonely Space Becomes Popular

Rockin' Around the Theater

Photo By: unknown

To the Batcave!

Entry-Level High End

User-Friendly Home Theater Controls

Photo By: Wes Calvin, Platinum Productions

Wooden Elegance

Beneath the Garage

Star-Studded Wonder

High-Dollar Home Theater

Trendy Theater

$6 Million Theater

Personalized Entertainment

High-End Experience

Photo By: HOWARD TUCKER 216-696-4616

Hidden Screen and Projector

Photo By: Alex Fenlon

Rustic Retreat

Combination Media Room and Theater

Photo By: Barry Schwartz

Framed Artwork TVs

Photo By: Eric Perry

Multipurpose Entertainment Room

Photo By: Jim Schmid Photography

Traditional Meets High Tech

Photo By: CEDIA

Great Viewing, Day or Night

©CEDIA

Cozy Retreat

Unobtrusive Design

See It From All Angles

Setting the Stage

Photo By: Alan Gilbert

Eco-Friendly Viewing

Photo By: Eric Perry

Hoop Dreams

For Art's Sake

Lord of the Theaters

1920s-Style Home Theater

A Movie Gold Mine

Beneath the Stars

Accurate Sound Stage

Photo By: Photographer: Harvey Smith

Wow Factor

Photo By: William Psolka

Room for a Buffet

Photo By: Jackson HIll

Futuristic Aesthetic

Photo By: William Psolka

Sounds Perfect

Mountain Motif

Music Maker

Photo By: HOWARD TUCKER 216-696-4616

Classic Old-Time Home Theater

Decked-Out Theater

Photo By: Patty Schuchman

Clean Comfort

Grecian-Style Home Theater

Silver Screen Space

Jaw-Dropping Home Theater

Form and Function

Photo By: Alan Gilbert

Concealed Audio

Photo By: unknown

Acoustic Wood Detailing

Classic Hollywood Regency Style

Urban Space

Wall of Sound

Before you decide on the type of home theater design that's right for your family, you'll want to think about location. Two important things to consider for any home theater are light and sound—you'll want to choose a location where you'll have as much control as possible over these key elements. For this reason, many homeowners considering a home theater installation naturally gravitate toward the basement—often the home's most self-contained space, as well as its quietest and darkest. There's no reason not to consider a living room or spare bedroom for a home theater installation, but it's possible these spaces will require more customization to ensure proper lighting and sound control.

Once you've chosen the appropriate location in the home, it's time to start thinking about your home theater's technical, audio-visual and design requirements. The first thing to investigate in your location is the ability to wire the room for lighting, video, audio and internet access. Lighting, audio and video wiring are essential, while internet access is somewhat optional but recommended and a feature of most modern home theaters. Homeowners increasingly want to stream video from the internet or via set-top boxes, or connect for multiplayer gaming or web surfing on the big screen. In terms of wiring, you'll also want to confirm that you can hide the wiring for lighting and electronics in the walls or in discreet tubing throughout the room—a wild nest of wires is probably not the design you're looking for, and it can be a potential electrical hazard, as well.

Once the wiring situation has checked out, you'll want to turn your attention to the audio-visual and electronic equipment you'll install for your home theater. Your choices here are just about infinite in terms of cost and complexity, but one guiding factor you can use initially is the size of your home theater room. The room's dimensions will go a long way toward determining things like the size of the TV or projection screen needed, the number or speakers required for your sound system, and the lighting system. Other considerations for AV, lighting and electronics include whether you want to be able to control the entire home theater system via one universal remote, wirelessly via smartphone or tablet, or via an existing whole-home automation system.

When the inventory list for your home theater is complete, it's time to begin thinking about interior design. Again, the scope and configuration of the space will be a factor when it comes to the amount and type of furniture and decorations you'll choose. For example, larger home theaters sometimes feature cinema-style stadium seating, with large armchairs provided for each guest. Conversely, homeowners with smaller home theater spaces may opt for simpler seating arrangements of couches and chairs.

The last design consideration for any home theater is thematic—as you browse existing spaces for inspiration, you may notice that many homeowners with the space and resources to do so opt for a design that features a nod to the modern cinema experience, with curtains, carpets and even popcorn machines. Other homeowners opt for a more understated design that reflects the home's prevailing style. Ultimately, the choice is yours as the opening credits roll on your home theater project.

Home Theater Profiles

Similar Topics:

Next Up

Outdoor Living Spaces: Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

Learn about options and ideas for outdoor rooms and outdoor living spaces.

Media Room Design Ideas

Browse media room design ideas, and get ready to create a comfortable and stylish entertainment space in your home.

Home Theater Lighting Ideas

Get all the info you'll need on home theater lighting ideas, and get ready to add a lighting scheme with plenty of ambiance to your home theater.

Small-Space Living Room Layouts

Use smart strategies to make your small living room feel larger.

Home Theater Carpet Ideas

Browse home theater carpet ideas, and get ready to create a comfortable and stylish entertainment space in your home.

Home Theater Seating Ideas

Get all the inspiration you'll need for home theater seating ideas, and prepare to create a comfortable and stylish entertainment space in your home.

Small Media Room Ideas

Browse small media room ideas, and get ready to create a comfortable and stylish entertainment space in your home.

Basement Home Theater Ideas

Browse basement home theater ideas, and get ready to create a comfortable and stylish entertainment space in your finished basement.

Planning a Home Theater

Learn how to choose a layout and style, select lighting and seating, and hire contractors.

Outdoor Rooms Add Livable Space

Spend less money on vacations and more time with friends and family on your deck or patio.

Stories We're Following

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.