It used to be that owning a big screen TV and surround sound speakers was all you needed to call your basement a home theatre. Nowadays, these things are expected to be part of any upscale renovation project, so you’ll to go the extra mile to impress your favorite guests. If you’re ready to commit to a theatre-like experience then these 6 ideas will help you achieve your goal.
1. Start with Dark Colors
The color of your wall paint will either reflect or absorb light. Obviously you want the latter to enhance screen resolution, so your first task is to paint your walls dark. They don’t need to be black, but you should aim for dark, earthy tones of maroon, brown or blue.
2. Light It Right
The best choice for lighting is going to be recessed can lights controlled with a dimmer switch. Make sure to remove any units or bulbs that hang over the screen. Another option is to add sconce lighting to the walls that run on a separate switch. These can provide navigation lighting so that people can walk in or out of the room without tripping over each other.
3. Go Plasma
Flat panel plasma televisions offer more color definition than LCD and LED screens. The only knock on them is that they don’t perform as well in brightly lit rooms. But that is not an issue in your basement. And you’ll actually save money by choosing plasma, which might let you step up to a larger screen size.
4. Conceal Components
Even though you’re dying to show off your Wi-Fi Blu-ray player and Bose speaker system, their illuminated menu displays can be a distraction. If you can’t place them away from the screen, then you’ll want to conceal them in custom cabinet that matches your walls. For a more dramatic effect, drape the wall around your screen in heavy curtains like the real theatres do.
5. Stagger Your Seats
You must consider your guest’s viewing angles from every seating position in the room. The best way to set your furniture is by placing sofas in the back and shorter chairs in the front. LoveSacs are perfect as a front row seating option, and your kids will love playing on these oversized bags of foam. Ultimately you want to maximize comfort and capacity with your seat selection, so measure the dimensions of your floor surface and plan a design before you buy anything.
6. The Wow Factor
It really is the little things that people notice most, so creativity will set the stage for how impactful your theatre design will be. Adding things like a wet bar, popcorn machine, and ticket window are just some of things that will distinguish your theatre from thecompetition. And you don’t need to limit yourself to store-bought products. What if you added glowing stars to your ceiling? How about lining rope lights along the stairway? These are the final touches that put the icing on the cake!