The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Miami04/17/2019David White For some homeowners in Miami, the home theater or media room is just not a niche, but one of the most important rooms in the house. Your oversized 4K TV serves as the point of interest in the room. The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, it’s time to install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience. Your home theater may also be used as a family room, but you need to get the most from your TV. Nevertheless, you need a shutter or shade that will completely block out light, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window treatments could adequately block outside sound. And it definitely would be great when you find a window treatment that shows some style even when the TV is off. So what are the best window treatments for a home theater or media room? Your Window Coverings Should Block Out The Light When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible. The obvious choice are shades that block all outside light. Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely block out the sun. And with the right materials, you can make the room as black as you want, where the movie is the center of attention. However, while some shades will black out a room, they may not direct outside light other than blocking it out. If you need the option to direct light as well, you should try plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to shroud the room in complete darkness when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want some outside light, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, so every TV watching experience isn’t always in a dark theater. Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound While making sure your home theater or media room has the right amount of darkness is important, don’t overlook the influence of sound. Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can distract you from what you are watching. What comes from what you are watching should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become distorted when it bounces off your window’s glass panes. Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they usually are too delicate to adequately block out noise. Blinds can have the same problem as they are usually loose around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside sound, but might also distort dialog from your TV and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience. Plantation shutters, as designed, can keep outside noise out and keep inside sound pure. If your neighborhood is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. Then again if you reside in a community that has more ambient noise, like in a child-friendly area or on a busy street, you will probably want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you reposition your sound system after after your treatments are installed so that you get the most from your speakers. The More Functional Your Media Room, The More Functional The Window Treatment photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest As larger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have begun to function as the main recreational area. No longer confined to movies, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will want a more versatile window treatment that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes. When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they almost disappear. This leaves your windows open to let in heaps of natural light, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can deligate a corner table where people may want to catch up or read. Others can then sit in darkness on the movie area catching the double feature . Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Will You Choose? If your media room doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade. If you prefer general use media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Either way, your Sunburst representative can help you out. Call 305-520-7515 today to schedule your in-home consultation.