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The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Denver

April 17, 2019

For some homeowners in Denver, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most used rooms you could use.  The whole room faces the oversized 4k TV.  The surround sound speaker system envelops you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, it’s time to put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your home theater may double as a family room, but you still want to get the most from your television.  Nevertheless, you need a shutter or shade that will adequately darken the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. An added benefit would be if your window coverings could muffle outside sound.  Last but not least, your window coverings should show some style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

So what are the best window treatments for a home theater or media room?

Your Window Treatments Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room free of outside light.  You may want to start with shades that block the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the sun out. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can get the room as dim as you need, so that the main illumination will derive from your television.

However, while some shades will darken a room, they won’t direct light very well.  If you need the option to direct light as well, you should consider plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want to let in some natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With these window treatments, you can adjust how the light shines in, so each movie isn’t always in pitch blackness.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv

While ensuring that your home theater or media room has the right amount of darkness is priority number one, don’t forget about the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as children horsing around in the yard or a passing car, can distract you from your viewing experience. Music and dialog from your films and TV programs should also be preserved, as dialog and music can become distorted when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they may be too thin to adequately stop outside commotion.  Blinds can have similar problems as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains can muffle outside noise, but might also muffle dialog from your TV and hinder you from enjoying a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, stop outside sound and keep your movies sounding great.  If your yard is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. But if you reside in a neighborhood that has more outside activity, like near a school or on a well-traveled street, you will probably want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what treatment you pick, make sure you reposition your surround sound after you install window treatments so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

The More Uses Of Your Media Room, The More Practical The Window Treatment

Bedroom with shutters and oar over tv photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest

As larger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have started to become a multipurpose room.  While they still are used for films, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. If you use your room for more than one purpose, you will want a more versatile window treatment that looks sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they almost disappear.  This leaves your windows bare enough , letting in 100% sunlight, which may not be the best course of action. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a utilitarian space, and not only as a space to watch movies. And since you can open or close shutters to a variable amount of light, you can designate a back area where people can visit or play a game. The rest of the group can then sit in the couch watching the film .

Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Is Best For You?

If your home theater doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 720-538-0182 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.

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