Over the years, homes have certainly evolved beyond the basics. Nowadays, in addition to essentials like kitchens, baths, bedrooms, and living space, houses feature everything from offices to bowling alleys! One of the more popular bonus rooms in new homes is a home theater or media room.
The real estate market is competitive, and extra features can certainly help your home stand out from the crowd. Many people have started incorporating lavish entertaining areas into their residences, like home theaters and media rooms. When it comes to style and design, the options for these entertainment bonus rooms are endless!
Whether you’re adding a new theater in your home or revamping an existing media space, the sky’s the limit. From rustic to contemporary, and from old-world to out-of-this-world, there’s a home theater style that’s perfect for you!
Table of Contents
- Why a Home Theater?
- Are a Home Theater and a Media Room the Same?
- Home Theaters
- Media Rooms
- Need Some Inspiration for Your Home Theater and Media Room?
- Convert Your Living Room or Family Room Into a Media Room
- A Cinema of Colors
- Have a Small Space? You Can Still Have a Home Theater or Media Room
- Check out these small room home theater pics to get some ideas on how to make your small theater work:
- Take It Outside: Backyard Movie Theaters
- What Do You Need in a Home Theater?
- What Do You Need in a Media Room?
- Picking the Right Products for Your Entertainment Room
- Budget Before You Begin
- Video Experience
- DVD Players, Projectors, Streaming Services, Oh My!
- Video Screens
- Flat Screen TVs
- Audio Experience
- Viewing Experience
- Where Should You Purchase Your Home Entertainment Equipment?
- Tips for Creating Your Ultimate Home Theater
- Think About What You Will Do in the Room
- Consider the Logistics of the Space
- Be Practical
- Don’t Forget the Popcorn
- Simple Is Still Fun
- Storage Space for Your Entertainment Equipment
- Lights, Camera, Action!
Why a Home Theater?
Once upon a time, it was a big deal to simply have a television in the living room. Then, televisions became a sort of status symbol; the more you had, the better. Now, it’s not unheard of to have your own personal movie theater in your house.
If you love to entertain, and you’re a movie buff, then a home cinema seems like a no-brainer. Although not a necessity by any means, a theater in your house can definitely set your home apart.
Are a Home Theater and a Media Room the Same?
The terms media room and home theater often get used interchangeably. However, these two rooms are not exactly the same thing. A home theater is pretty much strictly for movie viewing, while a media room encompasses more activities.
Home theaters are meant to replicate the atmosphere you find in a movie theater. In other words, home theater designs usually feature a dark room, plush (typically stadium-style) seating, and extras like surround sound. You most often find legitimate home theaters in high-end homes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own.
These lavish spaces can showcase features like full movie screens, projectors, and theater seating. It’s like having your very own mini, private cinema.
Media room designs, on the other hand, are intended for more than just watching movies. In a media room, the idea is to have access to multiple media formats, so video, audio, etc. Therefore, a media room is a place to watch movies, play video games, listen to music, and view photos.
Media rooms are also a little more mainstream, especially in today’s world of advanced technology. With just a few unique products and additions, you can turn your family room into the ultimate movie-viewing, media-enjoying hangout.
Need Some Inspiration for Your Home Theater and Media Room?
No doubt you’re ready to jump in and create your own entertainment extravaganza in your home. But, before you start writing out your shopping list and making your plans, how about some inspiration?
Check out these home theater pictures to get some insight into the different ways you can create a theater room. You’re sure to find several home theater ideas and media room ideas that start your wheels spinning!
This contemporary home theater features clean lines, minimal style, and the perfect pops of purple to add visual interest. The speakers placed throughout the space provide both form and function. They offer excellent theater-quality sound, while also adding a unique style of artwork to the room.
There’s no missing what this room is for, with minimal decor and crisp lines, the screen shines like a beacon. This no-frills approach to a home theater sets the tone for serious movie watching.
Fabric-covered panels on the wall provide a plush look while delivering optimal soundproofing to this swank home theater. The padded doors also absorb sound while giving the space a rich feel. The seating is raised but in different styles, giving an extra layer of interest to the room.
Comfy seating, a big screen, wall-mounted speakers, and fun film decor make this home theater space just right for movie night.
If you don’t have room for raised-seating, a row of connecting recliners works well. Plus, there’s built-in storage and a place for drinks so everyone can keep their things close-at-hand. They’ve made this spare room work with a classic cinema, red-and-black color scheme. Thick drapery for blocking out light and sound, and mounted speakers and projector finish off the design.
This modern home theater utilizes actual movie-theater seating for its audiences.
Grab your friends and get ready to enjoy a 1980s movie marathon in this media room with a retro-vibe. Purple LED backlighting, sparse decor, and comfy couches make you feel like you’re hanging out in your favorite 80s nightclub. All you need are a few cocktails and some pre-movie 80s rock playing through the speakers to complete the full ambiance.
This cozy media room is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Thick drapery flanking the large screen not only adds to the theater feel but also helps with sound absorption.
This elegant and traditional home theater adds extra flair with a main drape covering the screen.
This screen is giant! The perfect way to watch the game with the guys. The plush walls are great for sound absorption and give this man-cave media room a high-end club vibe.
Framing out a large-screen TV with ample media storage sets the stage for this space. Then, adding some elevated seating is all this room needs to become a home theater.
A media room that the king himself could be proud of, with opulent decor and a 70s flair. Even Graceland has a television room.
This Old-Hollywood-styled home theater takes you back in time to the days of the classics. You feel like you’ve stepped back into the golden age of film.
This Tuscany-inspired home theater room has thought of everything. There are padded walls and carpet for sound absorption, raised seating with cup holders, and a dark ceiling. The columns not only add to the old-world feel, but they also create the perfect frame for the movie screen.
You might think a proper home theater has to be all black, but even white walls will work. As long as you utilize the right window coverings to make things pitch black for showtime!
The dark colors, wood tones, and strong architectural features of this masculine theater space provide a great backdrop for watching movies.
This curved layout provides ample seating and reminds you of a high-end Italian resort. There’s a real sense of luxury in this elegant home theater.
Opulent, lush, and swanky are all perfect words to describe this 1920s-inspired home theater. Every audience member gets his own seat with a place to put his drink, which he can get from the nearby bar. Down-lit movie posters add to the film experience.
Creating a home theater from a spare room is a great idea, especially if your budget is limited. A few comfy chairs and bean bags will do the trick.
This decadent theater space feels like you’ve stepped into an exclusive, secret room of a men’s club or hunting lodge.
Dark colors on the walls and ceilings, and drapes to frame the screen, make this extra room an instant-theater space.
This space has a bit of a mid-century modern vibe mixed with some old-Hollywood touches. The ceiling feature makes a unique statement, and the plush-padded walls add form and function.
A comfortable home theater with a mix of seating-styles. The bar area adds the perfect place to enjoy a drink or snack while you watch the film.
This contemporary media room is made for music, movies, and more to provide the ultimate entertainment experience.
This Art-Deco home theater features a classic black-and-white-scheme, including a black ceiling. It’s sure to get super-dark when the lights go out.
Fabric and film decor on the walls, a dark ceiling, and a collection of comfy couches come together to create a casual theater space.
The rich, red carpeting, ornate wall-panels, and detailed ceiling give this room an opulent feel. The look is reminiscent of luxury theatres from the turn-of-the-century.
The similar colors at play in this room help make the screen the center of attention. Padded doors help with soundproofing, as does the plush carpet and fabric chairs.
Even a media room for two is a media room. This home theater comes stocked with snacks and drinks to enjoy while you watch your movie.
This space reminds one of an Old-Hollywood hotel, where all the biggest and brightest stars were sure to stay. The dark wood tones and leather couches ground the pink, giving the space a good blend of masculine and feminine.
Traditional elegance defines this home theater room, with a main drape across the screen and a small bar area. A dark ceiling and gold and red accents throughout add the perfect touches.
If your space is long and narrow, a sectional sofa is a great option for seating. The sound-proofing tiles on the ceiling don’t distract from the Art-Deco touches in the room.
A common theme for many home theaters is to keep a similar color on the walls, ceiling, and floor. This monochromatic look adds to the sense of being in the dark, cave-like space of a movie theater.
This intimate home theater space makes no attempt to hide the soundproofing material that covers the ceiling. However, in this style of room, it works.
These homeowners have worked with the curved layout of the space, adding a curved sectional to match.
If you have the budget, you really can put a full-scale mini-movie-theater in your home. This space goes beyond a movie night with friends, you could host film-events in this space.
This futuristic theater room makes any movie feel like it’s out-of-this-world. If you need more seating, there’s enough floor space in front to add some small stools or cushions.
This retro media room offers casual comfort, with oversized cushions for seating. The wood panels on the walls not only add interesting detail but valuable sound absorption.
Even with a big window, this space can work as an entertainment space. The wall and ceiling have been painted dark, and the window is prepped with dark coverings.
This attic home theater has made the perfect use of an often unused area in the home. There’s also ample storage along the walls to house DVDs, music, and extra media equipment.
This room has a bit of a sports-vibe, with the astroturf floor and mat-style cushions. The camping style folding chairs actually work perfectly in the design of this theater.
This modern, elegant home theater is as cozy as it is functional. The twinkling ceiling almost makes you feel like you’re watching a film beneath the stars.
Red is a popular color choice in theaters, associated with the classic theater curtains, but this room goes all out in crimson! Molded sound tiles serve to break up the bright color as does the video screen and dark, plush carpeting.
This retro, 1970s theater room has all the basics for an excellent viewing experience.
Black, marble finishes, dark tones, and diamond details come together in this Art-Deco home theater. Although, there’s something about it that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into Wayne Manor.
This media space is another great example of how you can create a home theater from any usable space. Dark colors, a large sectional, and paneled walls set the stage for this entertainment area.
The ceiling is dark, but the rest of this home theater feels bright (at last when the lights are on). It has a nautical sense about it, almost like you’re about to watch a movie on a cruise ship.
This modern, urban home theatre features seating for six, massive speakers, and a giant screen. The wood ceiling detail provides visual interest and an extra layer of insulation.
The Venetian plaster on the walls, natural wood, and leather seats, provide an Old-World, Italian feel to this casual media room.
This virtual black box, with padded, swinging doors and plush red carpet evokes a true sense of movie magic.
A frame around the TV defines it as the feature piece in the room. Cool LED lighting under the seats provide that footlight feel you get in a dark theater.
This space-age home theater seems like it belongs aboard the mother ship. The purple LED lights and gray color scheme create a definite futuristic feel.
You can’t go wrong with red, black, and white in a home entertainment room. These colors are iconic when it comes to movie theaters.
Convert Your Living Room or Family Room Into a Media Room
Don’t have it in the budget to build a dedicated home theater? These pictures of media rooms show just how well your family room or living room can become the perfect entertainment space!
An absolutely enormous screen and multiple speakers turn this den into a media room. Plus, the attached wine room is a definite bonus for movie nights.
A movie screen and projector, along with casual and comfy seating, make this living space an instant media room.
This basement, bonus room becomes the perfect place to create a media lover’s paradise. There are tons of built-ins for a large screen TV, video, and audio equipment, leaving ample room for some comfortable seating.
This main living area offers more than enough space for several guests to sit and enjoy a movie. Blackout curtains help block light and sound, and a large movie screen adds to the theater feel.
An oversized sectional, large video screen and ceiling-mounted projector create a contemporary media space in this upstairs living room.
A standing, portable video screen means that this media room can come and go as needed.
This spare room turned media center features a television, speakers, and multiple computers. Using elements like streaming services, you can have several films or games going at once.
This living and dining area features padded tiles on the wall that provide soundproofing without detracting from the decor.
A casual living room with a frame around the TV instantly defines its role as a media haven. The low-profile entertainment console houses a collection of media equipment, and fabrics throughout the space help with sound dampening.
The architectural details behind the television create a strong focal point in this media den. Electronics and other necessities are stored easily in the console below.
This loft space becomes the perfect lively media room with fun poufs, creative seating, and a portable screen.
This basement media room has everything you need for a top-notch movie night. Film-themed artwork and a bar stocked with snacks and drinks provide extra touches to elevate the experience.
This modern, contemporary media room with some Zen touches does a great job of blending form and function. The massive speakers add to the overall decor of the room rather than distract from it.
A family room can easily double as a media room with just a few tweaks. Built-in speakers in the wall, a huge screen, and seating for the whole gang make this room movie-worthy.
A Cinema of Colors
Do you want your media room to make a bold statement but don’t have a big budget? Then, consider introducing a strong color theme to the space. These rooms focus on a single bright color to make them pop.
These particular media rooms are also designed more with gaming in mind. Two chairs are ready-and-waiting for video game enthusiasts to battle it out for the win.
It’s the classic red, black, and white with a contemporary twist. This hip media space provides chaise lounges for ultimate comfort.
You can’t beat these ergonomic chairs in this orange media room, perfect for a lengthy video game marathon.
This media room concept features futuristic details, high-shine finishes, and multiple screens to enjoy many media forms at once.
All neutral tones are sure to make your electronics the center of attention, which is what a media space is all about!
There’s nothing wrong with letting your favorite color dictate the design of your media room. This purple theater space takes the bright color from the walls and puts it on the chairs and accessories.
This media room takes color and backs it with a neutral tone. Even the ceiling and some of the speakers get a touch of blue to tie things together.
Have a Small Space? You Can Still Have a Home Theater or Media Room
Sometimes, you might shy away from the idea of creating a home theater or media room. This tendency is likely because you assume they’re big-ticket items or only for the “rich and famous.”
Another roadblock that some homeowners hit is having limited space. The good news is, you don’t need a ton of extra room to have a great home theater.
If you’re set on having a dedicated room for watching movies, consider converting an unused guest room or home office. While you might not be able to fit rows of stadium-style seating, sectional sofas work great in intimate home theaters.
Small sofas or loveseats also work well in tiny spaces, as do comfy poufs and bean bag chairs. It’s all about being creative and working with the room that you have.
Check out these small room home theater pics to get some ideas on how to make your small theater work:
These homeowners used attic space to create a charming home theater and media room with a cottage feel.
Even a long, narrow space can become the perfect home theater with the right seating and equipment. When you think about it, you don’t need too much room to watch a movie!
This small room in a basement provides the perfect darkroom for a personal home theater.
Even a small loft area at the top of the stairs can become a great media room. The screen pulls down from a cassette installed above the windows. When it’s not movie time, it simply rolls up so you can enjoy the view!
When you live in a small space, every inch counts. Portable media systems are perfect for multi-functional rooms.
If you plan to put your home theater in a converted basement, utilize the stairs as part of your design. It maximizes every bit of space, plus gives you the feel of walking down the steps in a theater.
This loft living area doubles as a theater room, with a huge movie screen and hidden-away media equipment.
Creating a workable media room is all about working with the space you have. Floor cushions, bean bag chairs, ottomans, and poufs make wonderful additional seating for a small media area.
When your home theater needs to fit in a long, narrow room, run seating along the entire wall and keep other furniture to a minimum.
A slim, vertical media tower holds necessary equipment, while connected recliners provide seating in this small but functional viewing room.
Take It Outside: Backyard Movie Theaters
What do you do if there’s just no space inside for a fun home cinema? You create one in the backyard, of course! You can hang a sheet or curtain and use a projector.
There are even special projectors designed for outdoor use. There really is no limit when it comes to home entertainment ideas!
Outdoor theaters are rarely permanent, so even a sheet secured to some shrubbery will do. In this case, simple clothespins do the trick! Baskets of snacks, comfy pillows, and a board with show times add a practical, yet whimsical feel to this outdoor theatre.
Attach a white sheet or screen to your backyard fence, arrange some patio furniture and blankets, and start the show!
This rustic outdoor theatre is charming and quaint. A sheet is tied to a makeshift frame and an eclectic assortment of furniture and barrels to add just the right touch.
What Do You Need in a Home Theater?
Although you don’t have to break the bank to create an entertainment room, you still need certain things. Of course, if you’re going for a luxury home theater, then you could easily spend over $100,000 or more.
But, start with the basics! To create a functioning and fun home theater system, there are a few key elements you need:
- Movie screen (or at least a large flat-screen TV, the bigger, the better) or a plain wall to project on
- A high-quality sound system
- A DVD player or projector and streaming services (if you plan to use them)
- Comfortable seating, preferably raised or set up in a way where everyone can see easily)
- The ability to make the room very dark
What Do You Need in a Media Room?
Media room design calls for a little less than home theaters. For this reason, media rooms are an excellent choice for today’s homeowner. To put together a fab media space, all you need is:
- A large flat-screen TV with a DVD player or access to streaming services
- Comfy seating, even a nice sofa will do
- A sound system
- Video gaming system (if you plan to use your media room for gaming)
Picking the Right Products for Your Entertainment Room
Whether you decide to build a full-blown home theater or create one in a spare bedroom, details matter. Even if you’re turning your family room into the ultimate media den, you need to carefully choose your equipment.
You don’t want to put so much effort into your space, only to have it ruined by shoddy products. Therefore, before you start buying anything, make sure you know what to look for in each item.
Budget Before You Begin
Of course, before you buy anything, you must set a budget. If you jump into the process with no amount in mind, you can overspend quickly.
Everything you buy for your media room or home theater can range in price drastically. For example, a sound system can cost anywhere from $900 to over $8,000. The average home theater can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $33,000.
Or you can go hog wild and spend over $120,000; it all comes down to your ambitions and your budget. If you’re adding to an existing living area to make a media room, this is likely the least expensive option.
Basically, this is because you probably already have things like a television and streaming services in place. You also likely have seating in the room. Therefore, to convert an existing space to a media room, you might not need much.
You might just need a sound system and a few extras to create the perfect media room in your home. Be realistic with your budget, and plan accordingly.
There are so many options when it comes to how you can watch movies in your home theater. Weigh all of the possibilities carefully, and decide which will be the best fit for your needs.
DVD Players, Projectors, Streaming Services, Oh My!
Decide how you will watch movies in your theater room. Will you stream them using a service like Netflix or AppleTV? These services have a monthly fee but are a great alternative to cable.
In fact, because of this, you most likely already subscribe to one or several streaming services. Or, perhaps you will use a projector or a DVD player.
You might even decide to use some combination of all of these things. The most costly option is likely the projector. A high-quality, home theater projector can cost as much as $1,000, if not more.
Some projectors mount onto your ceiling, while others can be used as needed and are more portable. There is a vast array of projectors on the market with all sorts of bells and whistles. Therefore, talk to someone knowledgeable so you can get one that fits your needs.
Of course, if you opt to watch movies using a projector, you’ll need a video screen. Video screens come in all sorts of styles and sizes, so you can find one that works best for your space.
You can purchase a screen that you install permanently; some even fill a whole wall. Or you can opt for a portable one that you can put away after use. This option is great if you’re working with a small space.
Other screens might come in a cassette, where you pull them down to use and roll them up when done. Some fancy electronic projection screens even project 3D images. With all of these different options, video screens can range from $300 to over $20,000!
Of course, you could always project your images directly onto the wall or a sheet-like this family decided to do.
Again, it’s all about what your budget and space will allow. If you really want to make it work, there are many ways to get creative.
Flat Screen TVs
If you’d rather not hassle with a projector and screen (or the cost), there’s nothing wrong with a flat-screen television. Choose a TV that is a good size for the space and ensure it has all the necessary hook-ups.
Nowadays, TVs come with all sorts of features and options, like built-in speakers and smart technology. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can get a 75” smart TV for about $850. Or you can pay over $3,000 for an 85” smart TV with all the trimmings.
A sound system is a must for a proper home theater or media room experience, but you don’t have to go crazy. Decide if you want wired or wireless and go from there. Wireless systems are great because you don’t have to worry about unsightly wires stretching across your room (or tripping hazards).
Also, many home theater systems come with a sound system and speakers included. But you might need help hooking it all up correctly if you’re not technically inclined. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it’s best to get a pro or your electronic-whiz friend to help you.
If you’re opting for a media space with a large TV, you can search for all-in-one options. There is a vast selection of televisions that come with impressive built-in speakers.
It’s essential to know precisely what you are getting, and if you are unsure, talk to a pro. If your knowledge is limited, you might want to bring a trusted friend along with you. It’s also wise to bring along a friend to help keep you on budget.
A big part of your home theater room is the soundproofing aspect. Soundproofing serves a dual-purpose; it keeps outside sounds out, and it keeps the movie sounds from distracting others. For example, family members trying to sleep or neighbors who don’t appreciate your love of action movies at 11 PM.
There are numerous ways to add soundproofing to your theater, but it all depends on your budget and space. Are you starting to see a theme here?
You can use sound-dampening curtains, flooring tiles, acoustical tiles on the ceiling, special materials on the walls, etc. Using fabric furniture and carpet in the room can also help absorb some of the sounds.
Ensure that all doors and windows in the room are insulated and have weather-stripping (even the interior doors). There are also window coverings and specific window inserts available that offer soundproofing properties.
Note: If your home theater is new construction, you can use sound-dampening drywall in the room.
Once you have the technical side of things down, don’t forget about your audience. A home theater is all about the experience, and you want viewers to feel relaxed and enjoy themselves.
Make sure you have adequate seating and that it is comfortable. Also, ensure you allow enough space around the furniture for guests to get up and move during the movie without disturbing others.
Reclining furniture is a super-comfy choice if space allows, and if you can use cinema-style seating even better. Cinema-style, or stadium-style, is when rows of seats are on an incline to provide an unobstructed view of the screen.
You don’t have to seek out specially-made theater seating. Many furniture stores showcase comfy, connected recliners like these. You can place the second row on a homemade platform to get the raised-seating effect.
These dark leather recliners are super-comfy and blend well with the paneled walls, giving this theater a lodge feel.
If you cannot raise the seating, consider a sectional, which lets everyone spread out. Massage chairs are another luxurious choice for theater seating. There are also seats designed specifically for home theaters that include cup holders and other special features.
If you’re converting a family room or den into a media room, the seating might be whatever chairs or sofa is in the space. Just make sure, whatever you end up using, you have enough of it for everyone. You don’t want people to end up on the floor if they don’t want to be there.
Where Should You Purchase Your Home Entertainment Equipment?
Honestly, where you buy your products depends a lot on your budget and your working knowledge of audio and video equipment. The most cost-effective place to go is big-box stores. However, you won’t get much-specialized help from the employees.
If you need professional insight, then seek out a company that specializes in installing home theater systems. If you choose a company to handle your home theater’s full design and installation, it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. (These figures are for the design and installation alone, not the equipment).
Tips for Creating Your Ultimate Home Theater
Getting ready to create a new home theater in your house or set up a media room is exciting. But, don’t let your excitement push you too fast; you’ll end up making mistakes. Take your time throughout the process and think things through before you act.
Think About What You Will Do in the Room
While it can be very tempting to add a home theater to your home, weigh all of your options first. Think about how your family lives, how often you watch movies, the available space in your home, and your budget.
If you genuinely want a dedicated room to watch movies, then go for it. Or, do you just want a fun place to hang out for movies and video games? If so, then a media room is just the ticket and comes with a much lower price tag.
Consider the Logistics of the Space
Before you begin your installation, ensure you’ve chosen the right space. For example, if the room gets bright during the day, ensure you can make it dark for daytime movies. If you plan to have ten people over for movie marathons, a room with space for four people won’t work.
Therefore, consider the size of the room, the number of windows, and the shape of the room. Once you’ve settled on a place for your theater, don’t overstuff it.
Allow for comfortable flow throughout the space and pleasant viewing experience for you and your guests. Leave about 18” to 24” between different furniture pieces to ensure people have enough space to maneuver around the room.
While it can be very tempting to go for the ultimate luxe and plush vibe, remember to keep it practical. You’re going to have lots of people together in the dark. This situation means things are bound to spill and topple.
Look for fabrics for your seating that are durable, stain-resistant, and easy-to-clean. The same thing goes for the flooring you choose. You can’t enjoy a movie if you’re always stressing about the mess you might have to clean up later.
Don’t Forget the Popcorn
While unnecessary, adding things like a popcorn machine or concession area to your theater provides a touch of fun. Just like everything else with a home theater space, this can be minimal to over-the-top.
You can set up a mini-concession stand that resembles what you would see at an actual theater. Stock your snack area with movie theater-size candy, napkins, and drinks. If you really want to ramp it up, you can even have a soda fountain.
Small touches like iconic red-and-white popcorn tubs can make a big impact in your home theater.
This fun, vintage-style popcorn machine is just the right touch for a retro home theatre. These chairs are also perfect, with each seat having its own swing-out tray so guests can keep snacks and drinks nearby.
Serve your popcorn in classic red-and-white-striped popcorn tubs, and have pump bottles of melted butter. All of these little touches really add to the movie theater vibe.
You can also set up a bar area with a drink-mixing station and a wine chiller. Take it a step further, print up a fun drink menu or snack menu, and post it in your theater. Add appropriately themed artwork to the space, like movie posters, film reels, or other theater memorabilia.
Even small choices like accent colors, a few film-related art pieces, and a popcorn tub transform an ordinary room into a theater. It’s all about the feeling that pieces like this evoke.
Here’s a fun, simple art idea for your media room or home theater. Create a gallery wall of movie posters and add a “Coming Soon” title with block letters. You’ll feel like you’re checking out the coming attractions at the local movie theater!
If space allows, add a niche or corner bar that can double as a concession area or snack stand. Your guests will appreciate not having to go far to refill their beverage or satisfy their cravings.
Simple Is Still Fun
If your budget or space doesn’t give you the freedom to go all out with your extras, you can still have some fun. Simply set out a few special snack favorites and drinks for your guests and pop some popcorn.
You can make your snacks and drinks elsewhere and bring them into the space when it’s time for the movie. Of course, you can always just have your guests BYOB too. It’s your theater, so your rules!
Storage Space for Your Entertainment Equipment
If you have the room for it in your theater, store your movies, music, and games in the space. You can either use hidden storage or put your items on display. It’s a matter of personal preference and what style you’re going for in the room.
Many different seating options come with built-in storage, so this is an excellent option if your space is limited. If you’re creating a media room in your den or other space, go for multi-functional furniture to work double duty. For example, a coffee table with a shelf, an ottoman with storage inside, or a low-profile media cabinet that can double as bench seating.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Once you have your home theater or media room ready to go, all that’s left is what movie to pick! Then it’s time to pop the popcorn, call your friends, turn out the lights, and enjoy!