For some TV and movie lovers in Orlando, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most inclusive rooms you use. You position your seats just right so that all seats can see the huge high-resolution television without any problems. The sound system covers you in dramatic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should cover your windows with the best 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 television. Nevertheless, you need a window treatment that will completely darken the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window treatments could adequately block outside sound. Lastly, your shutters or shades should show some style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.
So what are the perfect window treatments for a home theater or media room?
Your Window Treatments Should Dim The Light
When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible. You may want to start with shades that block all outside light. Opaque cellular shades
, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the sun out. And with the right materials, you can make the room as black as you desire, so you can make a nice movie theater feel.
However, while the right kind of shade will make your room movie theater dark, they don’t adequately direct outside light when the movie isn’t on the screen. If you want the opportunity to direct light as well, you may want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters can shroud the room in complete darkness when the louvers are shut. But there are times you might need some natural light, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, while still ensuring that you can view the television screen without a glare.
Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound
No doubt about it, your home theater or media room should be dark, but don’t forget about the significance of sound. Outside noise, such as children playing in the yard or a passing car, can disturb you from what’s on the screen. Sounds from your television should also be preserved, as dialog and music can become muddied when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.
Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be 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 noise, but might also muffle your show’s sound and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.
Plantation shutters, on the other hand, can keep outside noise out and keep your shows sounding great. If your street is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. However, if you reside 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 denser faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you pick, make sure you arrange your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you get the most from your speakers.
The More Versatile Your Media Room, The More Practical The Window Treatment
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As bigger screen televisions become more in fashion, media rooms have begun to be seen as a multipurpose room. While they still are used for films, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will need a functional window treatment that looks great when it’s not in use.
When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they almost disappear. This leaves your windows completely uncovered , letting in 100% sunlight, but does nothing for privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a general space, and not only as a home theater. And since shutters can easily adjust to a variable amount of light, you can set aside a back area where people can talk or read. The rest of the group can then not be disturbed on the main part of the room catching the double feature .
Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Works For You?
If your media room doesn’t have many outside facing windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade. If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can help you out. Call 407-630-7011 and schedule your in-home consultation.