Designing the Ultimate Home Cinema Experience27 November 2020
The addition of a home cinema elevates the entertainment and luxury factor of any home. Admittedly, few rooms offer the universal entertainment value of a well-designed cinema room. Given the considerations required to create the ultimate home theatre, the process requires mastery of both technical and creative elements. In this blog, we outline the design process underpinning our most recent cinema room projects.
Configuring screen orientation
Starting with a blank canvas, the screen is anchored as the focal point of the cinema room. As such, it is natural to orient the screen directly towards the viewer upon entrance.
Creating the perfect cinema room aesthetic
Cinema rooms work best under dark, moody lighting as all eyes will be on the screen. To accommodate this aesthetic, walls are painted in dark colours to prevent reflection of light. Similarly, furniture colours are selected to complement the overall feel. For example, darker tones create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Aside from colour considerations, furniture must also offer high comfort while promoting an inviting feel. The addition of cushions and throws will only add to the experience.
Adding bespoke pieces and elements
Starting with the size of the space, consider how many people are likely to use the cinema room, as this will determine the amount of seating and space you will require. For our recent projects, we installed bespoke furniture, bespoke joinery for the screen and a bespoke bar at the back of the room. Notably, the addition of a bar transforms the home cinema into a truly multi-purpose room. At this stage, a raised step is also built in to optimize the back row viewing experience.
Working out connections, cabling, and acoustic design
In any discussion of a home cinema room, technical considerations will come into play. For one, all electrical work must precede the design consideration, in order to reduce and eliminate the visibility of cables. Pre-wiring ensures that the cables are melded into the architecture of the room.
Additionally, ambient light and sound must be controlled and limited. Ambient sound refers to any unwanted sound emanating from nearby rooms or outside the home. On the other hand, the application of black-out window dressings work to block light and if upholstered, can also absorb sound.
The creation of a new, soft lighting layout that runs the perimeter of the steps will enable the door to open and curtains to close, which is drawn on the plans, while simultaneously highlighting the Trowbridge Hollywood greats.
For the complete theatre experience, any cinema room must come equipped with a quality projector and surround sound, Bang & Olson and Sonos dominate the market and produce beautiful sounds.. which means that speakers are uniquely positioned to transmit different layers of sound. In addition shaker speakers can be incorporated within the seating to achieve realism
Overall, the home cinema is the ultimate entertainment experience in any home. It can also offer a temporary escape from the winter months while offering guests and family a unique experience directly from the comfort of your own home. If you’re considering installing a home cinema, please feel free to contact us.