08 December 2016
The Art of Merging Practicality and Extravagance in Home Theater Design
The Ultimate Goal: Effortless, Immersive Enjoyment
Few rooms tread the balance of art and science the way that luxury home theaters do. On the one hand, the room requires careful consideration of acoustics, screen style, viewing angles, projector type, and more. But to create a true luxury theater, you need more than high-end equipment – the room must take the focus away from the equipment so that movie-watchers effortlessly fall into the cinematic experience. Keep reading to learn how home theater design experts in the Indianapolis, IN area merge technology and art from start to finish.
The Start: Practical Planning
Before you can create a work of art, you have to ensure you have the right tools and materials for your chosen canvas. In the world of home theater design, the first step is to evaluate the space and identify which devices are the best fit. Room shape, size, height, and material all impacts the type and placement of each home theater element, so the installer will take great care in planning out the best approach. This design can’t happen in a vacuum—all of the devices impact the theater as a whole, so it’s important to consider how each decision will enhance the final result.
The Finish: Polished, Immersive Design
Having the projector at the right angle and the speakers placed correctly around the room isn’t enough for a full luxury theater. It’s the final touches, unique design elements, and user comforts that set great theaters apart.
Artwork and Décor
Plain, bland walls don’t do much to enhance the theater experience, but every addition of décor could impact the acoustics. One solution to this challenge is to choose acoustic treatments that are designed to be visually appealing. However, if you have a specific theme or piece of décor you want to be included in the room, be sure that your home theater installers know about it early on in the process so that they can adjust calculations appropriately.
When you first walk into the theater, your eye shouldn’t go straight to speakers, projectors, or other audio visual equipment. Fortunately, these elements can be covered or hidden in walls and ceilings so that you gain all the benefits of the equipment without any of the visual drawbacks. Modern advances in speaker design have made it possible to create surround sound while keeping the speakers completely invisible. And with other strategies such as placing speakers and equipment behind acoustically transparent screens, there is sure to be a way to create the look you want while also ensuring the highest quality sight and sound.
Many of the design elements that create that “wow” moment when you first walk into the theater can distract from the screen during the movie. The twinkling starry sky built into the ceiling, the colorful mood lighting, or other décor that emits ambient light runs the risk of washing out the image on your 4K Ultra HD movie screen.
That’s where automation comes in. When you’re ready to start the film, all you have to do is push a button on your smartphone or tablet, and the private cinema will transform into the perfect movie-watching environment. The ceiling décor will fade away, the lights will dim, and any other distracting elements will be covered by theater curtains. The result is a room designed to place the focus entirely on the screen, without any distracting décor drawing your attention away from the movie.
In your home theater, it’s possible to have it all—great acoustics, stunning visuals, and fantastic décor. If you’re seeking a theater that goes beyond the basic, cookie-cutter design, we can help. To learn more about the possibilities for your home, contact us today.