In order to really pull off the total suspension and disbelief that results from a great home theater, you must consider the whole experience rather than just sticking a system in a room and hitting the play button. Taking into account the, aesthetic details, nature of your room and performance twists will make your home theater design more organized and entertaining. Here are some tips that, though simple, will enhance your home video and audio experience dramatically.
Be cognizant of room sound quality
Have you ever noticed that when you move into a new apartment before the furniture arrives, sound is thin and tends to echo? That’s because your furnishings have a theatrical effect on the nature of sound. The same principle applies to home theater-a huge part of what you hear depends on the room itself.
While understanding room acoustics is a complex science, there are simple things you can do to improve audio output. First consider the type of surfaces in your room. If you have too many hard surfaces, sound will bounce all around the room, messing up your audio playback.
If the room has numerous soft, absorbent materials, it will be acoustically dead, extracting the liveliness out of soundtracks. To get the best audio, you need to strike a balance between these two types of materials or have home theater installers do the setting up.
Buy the correct size screen
While it is tempting to make the entire front wall of the theater one enormous screen, that is not always the best decision. It’s crucial to consider your viewing distance relative to screen size. If you sit too close to the screen or the screen is too large for the room, you will start to see the display’s pixel structure.
If you sit too far away or the screen is too small for the room, you will lose that big screen impact, which beats the purpose of having a home theater in the first place. Fortunately, high-definition displays allow you to sit nearer to the screen in a small home theater room design.
Choose a dark color palette
While home theaters are great places to experiment with room design, you actually hurt the image displayed on your projector or TV screen if you go overboard with bright colors. This is why many high end theaters are dressed in dark colors. These deeper hues absorb light, rather than reflect back onto the screen.
Practice Feng Shui
After you have tackled all the big stuff, take a look at small details that will contribute to your general amusement. For instance, do not install a telephone in a theater because there is nothing worse than a phone call interruption during a movie.
If possible, choose a room isolated from the rest of the house such as a basement. This will keep sounds coming from other rooms from interfering with the sanctity of your theater and vice versa. If possible, remove equipment from the room and keep it in a separate room. Put the entrance to the theater at the back of the room, not the front or side screen wall.