Home Theater Decorating Ideas

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Home Theater Decorating Ideas
Antique cinema props can provide a home theatre with character. (CINEMA image by Alain SORIANO from Fotolia.com)

With the advent of televisions that span entire walls, you no longer need a large room exclusively devoted to a screen and an expensive projector to have a home theatre. A room with a large flat screen television and a good sound system only needs a few more thoughtful additions to feel like a genuine home theatre.

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Arguably, seating is the most important element in a home theatre apart from the movie showing on the screen. Comfort is of primary concern, but design shouldn't go by the wayside. For larger home theatres, art deco style lounge chairs that can be situated in rows may be preferable to several couches. You can easily reconfigure the chairs or remove a few to increase space when needed. For the smaller home theatre, a long red velvet couch with a matching ottoman can bring in a touch of classic Hollywood. Companies that specialise in salvaging and selling architectural elements sometimes come across entire rows of theatre seats. While they're not too comfortable, a pair of old theatre seats brings a touch of whimsy to the space.


Lighting is another important decorative element. Watching a movie just isn't the same with the lights on. Adding wall sconces that work on a dimmer switch can give you that cinema experience; having the lights wired to be operable by remote control allows you to adjust them from your seat as the credits start to roll. Any wall sconces that fit into your style of decor will work, but classic cinema style takes its cues from art deco design. To ensure that the perfect lighting situation has the right effect in the space, use room-darkening shades on the windows and make sure all doorways can be closed off from the rest of the house during show time.


Posters of favourite movies are always a fitting choice in a home theatre, but for something slightly different, consider using themed artwork related to film. Instead of framing poster reproductions from your favourite films, start a collection of genuine posters that actually hung in theatres when the movies came out. They're not always in the best shape, but that brings character to each piece. Another potentially expensive and time-consuming--but rewarding--option is to collect black and white autographed photos of movie stars from the golden age of cinema. A less expensive artwork option is to frame still shots from your favourite movies and hang them on the wall in a storyboard format.


If you have a large budget to work with while decorating your home theatre, you may want to consider hunting down and purchasing some one-of-a-kind items. Over time, the movie industry has put out an endless amount of paraphernalia and collectibles. A Star Wars fan may add shelves to fill with toy figures from the movie. Cinema lovers may find an antique movie camera to set up in the corner of the room. You can hang empty film reels on the wall or park an old popcorn machine in the back of the room. The general rule of thumb is to keep it simple so nothing gets lost in clutter--find one large item or a few small, related pieces to put on display.

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