10 Easy Ways to Transform Your Space into a Home Theater!

Here’s how you can transform your extra room in your home into a home theater!

 

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Having a home theater truly is a luxury addition to any home. But what if you could create one yourself without having to pay for custom woodwork, special surround sound, lighting, and carpeting? It’s actually easier than you think to create your own home theater room, and it’s a bonus if you have an empty room that’s not getting much use. Follow our easy guide to making your own home theater without breaking the bank:

Choosing the Right Room

If you have more than one room in your home to turn into a theather, it might be tricky to pick between the two. A room that is a rectangular shape works best as well as one with the least doors and windows. You want to try to make your room as dark as possible, and if possible have it away from any bedrooms to avoid bothering other family members.

Pick a Wall for Your Television

Ideally, the wall where you install your television or projector screen should be as big as possible or not directly across a window. It’s also a good idea to install it on a wall where there is already an existing closet, which makes for great storage for electronics.


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Go Wireless

Every home theater system needs to have surround sound, but installing a wired system can become expensive and complicated. Now, there are lots of options available on the market for wireless surround sound that can give you great sound, but also a very easy way to install!

Choose Comfortable Seating

Making your home theater the best it can be, all starts with comfortable seating. There are tons of home theater seating furniture available that offer reclining Octane theater seating, cupholders, and so much more. Consider how many family members you have and how many people you are expecting to have over at once and choose the right amount and size seats that will fit your space.

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Seating Distance

You may have not thought about this, but the distance between your home theater seating and your television plays a big part in the overall movie experience. If your screen is 60 inches wide, your seating should be double the distance, at 120 inches. Many people are tempted to put their seating closer, but you shouldn’t. You won’t be able to see the build-up structure of the image, lowering your overall experience.

Don’t Forget Decorating

Just because this is a home theater, doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the latest decorating trends. Treat your theater like an extension of your home and make your existing decorating seamlessly flow in with your theater decor.

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Hide Cables and Wires

When preparing your home theater, you’ll definitely find that you will have a lot of cables and wires. This can start to look cluttered, especially since most cables are white and your room is so dark, so it’s best to hide them away. Avoid installing these under carpeting at all costs, and instead run cables along baseboards. You can easily camouflage them with cable covers.


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Paint Walls a Dark Color

You may have noticed that all movie theaters are painted in dark colors, there is definitely a good reason for that and it’s not about keeping up with the latest decorating trends. Media rooms should always be painted a dark color to help the television or projector image have the strongest colors and contrast. Paint all of your walls black, grey, or dark red color.

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Hang Dark Curtains

To block out as much natural light as possible, purchase black light blocking curtains. If you can’t find these in the store, you can easily make them yourself or layer two types of curtains to get a heavier look. This will make sure you will not have a glare on your television that will ruin your overall experience.

Think About the Future

Before you go spending thousands of dollars on your new home theater renovation, consider what the future will hold for this room in your home. If you plan on selling your home in the future, or even are expecting a child, think about how you may be using this new room. Don’t invest too much in any permanent instalments that will be expensive to remove like moldings, platforms for seating, and so on.


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Spotlight on Ilumi Arts – Led Artwork is Brewing up the Design Scene One Light at a Time

Visually sharp, fresh, and lit up with led lights, Ilumi Arts makes LED paneled artwork one of 2017’s most coveted trends. This lighting company has a bright future ahead of them – find out why!

 

If someone told you led artwork were going to change the way you think of interior décor, would you believe them? Farah Barnes, the creative director behind Illumi Arts, a company where illumination is their passion is definitely not afraid of taking risks. She’s predicted LED artwork to be one sought after trend this year, and she’s definitely on track. Creating artwork with a backlit LED panel that not only lights up the artwork itself, but also the room.

The Scoop on Illumi Arts

Illumi Arts makes it so easy to have beautiful artwork with color changing RGB LED lights that bring mood, style, and ambience to your home. There are also features with color changing programs that can easily be changed with your phone via Bluetooth. Now that’s what I call one-of-a-kind decorating!

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Meet Creative Director Farah Barnes

After reading Farah Barnes’ recent interview in Greece, we’ve totally fallen in love with her work! This Architectural Lighting Designer previously worked on projects including commercial buildings, bridges and interiors. She noticed the great importance of lighting and went on to specialize in that. Now, she is using her expertise to light up hotels, offices, schools, museums, and even art collector’s residences.


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In the future, Farah will be working on a huge project in Athens Greece, doing modern museum lighting. This project will be opened in 2018, and we can’t wait to see the results! Having a large amount of experience, she has completed tons of projects in the UAE (for 11 years!), United States, and Europe. You can definitely see that she has a high level of experience in lighting, since lighting is not always easy to do in Museums and large historic buildings.

The Importance of Lighting

If you ever go on to become an interior designer, you will soon realize that lighting is such a critical part of design. There is even a whole course dedicated to lighting in this field, making it something a true designer must know. Have you ever purchased brighter light bulbs or placed a table lamp in a dark corner and realized your home looks twice the size? Those are just some tricks where lighting transforms each and every space. That is how you can use LED artwork to light up a boring wall, dark hallway, or even make a focal point in an otherwise bland room.


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Here are some of our favorite LED artwork prints from Illumi Arts. We couldn’t resist the wild animal prints as they would perfectly fit in with our blog’s style as well as our homes!

To learn more about Ilumi Arts, visit their official website here and don’t forget to to take a peak at their Facebook page for the newest updated in lighting and design. See you there!

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