For some homeowners in Miami, the home theater or media room is just not a specialty room, but one of the most inclusive rooms you could use. You place your chairs and sofa in the right positions so each seat can see the huge high-resolution TV without any problems. The state-of-the-art speakers envelops you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you need to install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.
When your media room is used as a gathering place, you need to get the most from your TV. Of course, 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 helpful if your coverings could adequately block outside sound. And it definitely would be nice when you find a covering that provides 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 Make The Room Dark
When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side. The obvious choice are shades that blackout all outside light. Opaque cellular shades
, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely block out the sun. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can get the room as black as you want, where the screen is the main focal point.
However, while some shades will darken a room, they may not adequately direct outside light when a show isn’t on the screen. If you need the opportunity 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 natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, while still ensuring that you can watch television without a glare.
Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound
Of course, your home theater or media room should be dark, but don’t overlook the influence of sound. Outside noise, such as neighborhood children horsing around in the yard or a running lawn mower, can disturb you from what you are watching. What comes from your television should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become distorted when it reflects 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 can muffle outside noise, but might also muffle dialog from your TV and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.
Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep your movies sounding pure. If your yard is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. Then again if you live in a community that has more outside activity, like in a child-friendly area or on a well-traveled street, you will probably want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you set up your sound system after you install window treatments so that you get the most from your speakers.
The More Functional Your Media Room, The More Functional The Window Treatment
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As larger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have begun to function as the main recreational area. Used for more than movies and television, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will want a more versatile covering that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.
When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they dissapear into the window sill. This leaves your windows open , letting in 100% sunlight, but won’t help privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since shutters can easily adjust as much as you need, you can deligate a side couch where friends can 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 want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade. If you prefer general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Either way, your Sunburst representative can help you out. Call 305-520-7515 today to schedule your in-home consultation.