Jan 31, 2012

Peek-a-Boo: Home Theater Design

All this talk about the Super Bowl, Man Caves, Media Rooms, and Home Theaters has driven me absolutely crazy!

But... there is something to be said about giving the public what it wants ~ and as Leslie Carothers from The Kaleidoscope Partnership shared with us last night on a Live Web Talk Radio event: "if there is in increase in the Super Bowl facebook page by over 3000 "likes" in less than one day, well then".. who are we to argue with those kinds of numbers, right?

So, today's Peek-a-Boo post is going to delve a little deeper into Home Theater design for every size type home! Not all of us have $6 Million dollars to spend on a specialized media room like Jeremy Kipnis

Jeremy Kipnis
But once you start searching for ideas on home theaters or media rooms, some really out-of-the-box ideas pop up!

Themed Home Theaters

Home-Theatre Design

malibu theme via tktheters.com
asktheadvisors design

Multi-Functional Home Theaters

Sweety Design

J Bilhuber

Or this more traditional setting, where a BAR has been incorporated into the scheme..
What I like about this example is that it goes against the trend of designing a media room in dark colors but instead is all white! With the right equipment, and great lighting, we really don't need to have the room designed in all dark colors which can sometimes become very overwhelming especially if you are in a basement.


But as another alternative, and if you really don't have the space for a Private Movie Theater in your home, there are always other alternatives to making movie night fun, like how Vicente Wolf uses an easel to create an extremely original support for the TV in this open plan space.

Vicente Wolf via House Beautiful

So how would I design a Media Room..
Well there are always a few elements that I like to consider so that everyone feels comfortable in this space, and at all times, besides the technical lighting, sound and all the equipment which are fundamental and are a priority for most when considering this room in their home.

Velvet, Comfortable seating
Textures - on soft furnishings, walls (grasscloth,
or fabric covered walls)

Turner David Interiors

Of course there are amazing options for reclining movie theater style seating which I have used but in this option I felt other alternatives would be a little more exciting and add that touch of flexibility ~ allowing you to be able to reincorporate some of these pieces in other areas of your home later on.

My Mood Board ~ Home Theater via Olioboard

These are some inspirational images of materials which in one way or another I would incorporate into a design scheme for this type of room right now.

Betsy Brown
I love the idea of introducing wood as another natural element into a home theater.
This is an outstanding example where the TV can be hidden if necessary.

So are you getting ready for your Sunday Super Bowl party?
Perhaps you are feeling inspired by this post to start rearranging some rooms in your home and making "movie night" a weekly event.

Give me a call.. let's talk design strategy!


  1. I am super claustrophobic. A lot of the problems I have with some of the home theater rooms and designs is that they nearly always make me panic, I need a window, even if it can be covered properly to block the reflection of light on the television, as long as I know there is a window I am fine. A few of these rooms you have shown are roomy, bright, and airy and would not cause me to freak out running out of the room in panic.
    Anyhow great blog good look at some home theater options and ideas.

  2. Not surprised to see the Kipnis Studio Standard priced at $6,000,000 at the top here. Truly must be the finest and greatest cinema ever created! Picture settings 3-4x that of cinema standard and sound quality fay and beyond anything else we've heard, with the best speaker system in the world; the 12.12 channel Snell THX Reference system!!

  3. From the list of theatre room ideas shared here I like the first one & 5th one. All of them are amazing. For theatre installation one important thing to keep in mind are the seats as you will be spending couple of hours watching tv so you need the seats comfortable.

  4. I would love to have a home theatre system like any of these that you have pictured here, but I especially like the first one. That is truly amazing! I wish that I had enough space in my home to do something like that. Thank you so much for sharing these great pictures!

  5. These ideas are great! I love those home theaters’ themes, especially the one that looks like you’re in outer space! Nice! This simply tells you that you can have your own unique home theater room design. You are only limited by your imagination, so set your imagination loose upon the world and let it run wild!

  6. These are amazing home theater designs! If I were to design my own home theater, I would keep it simple and as relaxing as possible. I’ll fill the space with pillows and blankets and make it as comfy as possible. Design your home theater according to your taste and not according to what is in demand.

    -Fernando Severns

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  8. I find the third photo fascinating. My husband and other sports fanatics out there would definitely want to have a home theater room like that. The design looks great; the athletic gears and jerseys gave the room a sporty atmosphere. I admire the people behind this awesome idea.

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