It is amazing the lengths that homeowners will go through in order to increase their comfort and entertain their friends. And a custom home cinema is the ultimate in this kind of luxury. Apart from that, it is the easiest way to increase your home’s value in the long run while providing great entertainment options for your friends and family.
However, setting up a luxury home cinema can be a very expensive affair. This sort of setup has always been the preserve of the lucky few that can afford to spend a lot of cash on equipment, furnishings, and accessories. But new advances in high-definition technology, widescreen televisions, and superb audio systems have brought true media rooms within reach for more people.
So, if you are thinking about adding a high-tech, luxury home cinema room that you can afford, these four tips will set you on the right path:
- Set a Budget
The fact of life is that money often dictates options. Therefore, it is important to start off by setting up a solid budget for your new home theater. This will keep you from overspending and – more importantly – help you pick the best equipment within your budget.
- Select the Best Space
Experts say that the best way to add a home theater is to start from scratch. Their ideal situation is to start working with you on a new construction or to completely renovate an old room. They want such a blank slate because being able to design a room for the sole purpose of turning it into a home theater is an attractive prospect. So if you have the budget for this, go ahead!
However, not everyone has the luxury to do this. The next best option is to pick a rectangular or square room in your home that has few windows or lighting that you can control, and standard-height ceilings.
- Get the Right Video System
One of the most challenging parts of setting up a new home theater is choosing the right television or projector option. There are so many options available on the market that getting the right one for your budget and needs can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t know what to look out for.
If you want to go with a television for your home theater, choose one that has an LCD or plasma screen. These tend to consume less power and have a longer lifespan. But if you want a really large screen, the best choice for you is projection. Not only is this the most popular option for luxury homes, a projector will give you really crisp, beautiful images.
- Invest in Great Sound and Lighting
Never underestimate just how important sound quality is in a top-notch home theater. After all, the goal here is to recreate the movie theatre experience. So start off by getting the room’s acoustics right. You will also need to get a high-performance audio surround sound system. It is always best to go with a professional home theatre installation company to help you meld function and interior design here.
Lighting is another factor that is often overlooked but can make or break your home theatre design. The best option is to layer your lighting and have full control over every layer, as well as over natural light. A combination of track and recessed lighting should be enough for a good design. After all, good lighting can turn your home theatre into a comfortable, cinema-like experience.