4 Common Mistakes to Dodge When Designing Your Home Theater

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These days, a home theater can be many things. It could be a luxury private cinema that looks like a smaller version of a commercial movie house. Or maybe it’s a flexible living room/media room combo with a large flat screen, surround sound, and comfortable seating. 

Whatever your idea of a great home theater, the magic begins with design. Even the smallest mistakes can make a big impact on your experience. The best way to avoid these mistakes is to work with a home theater company that understands the intricacies of proper home theater design

Below, learn four common design mistakes we can help you dodge when planning your home theater project in the Farmington, UT area. 

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1. Choosing a Screen That’s Too Big (or Too Small) 

Your screen should offer a balanced and immersive visual experience from every seat. While bigger is usually better, screen size will depend on where your seats are placed. We all avoid the front-row seats in commercial theaters because we can’t get a comfortable view of the picture from way up close, right? 

So, keep viewing distance in mind when picking out your display. You can also find some general formulas online to help you choose a good screen size, although we can’t guarantee that they’ll present you with the best findings. 

2. Placing the Screen Outside of Eye Level 

We’ve all experienced obstructed views at the movies because of sightline issues. Maybe a tall person sat in front of you, or perhaps you were forced to sit in the very front row (clearly, the front row at movie theaters is problematic). How can you avoid this problem in your home theater? 

If your home theater only has one row of seating, simply place your screen at eye level. However, if your home theater will have several rows of seating, you’ll need to consider riser height and screen height to ensure every seat has an unobstructed view of the picture. Again, some online formulas may serve as a guide, but it’s best to work with a professional to avoid potential calculation errors. 

3. Keeping Walls and Ceilings a Light Color 

To avoid washed-out picture, it’s best to paint your walls and ceilings a dark color so that less light reflects off them. If your home theater will be a separate, dedicated room for movies, then painting your walls dark shouldn’t be a problem. However, we understand you may not want dark walls in your living room/media room. In that case, use matte or flat paint finishes to mitigate light reflections, and choose an ultra-bright TV or projector that can combat light reflections and still offer sharp, vivid picture. 

4. Not Making Lights Dimmable 

Speaking of light, the more control you have over the lighting in your home theater, the better. Dimmable lighting allows you to fine-tune your lights to suit the activity at hand. If you’re watching a film, you may only want the wall sconces on—and dimmed. But if you’re watching a sports game with friends, then you may want dimmed overhead lighting above the seats, too. 

It’s also best to separate your lights into zones so you can adjust your overhead lights, decorative lighting, and safety lighting separately. With a smart lighting control system, you can create scenes like “Movie Night” or “Sports” that change your light settings with just a button tap or voice command. 

These are just a few of many design mistakes you can avoid when you partner with a home theater company like AVWORX to bring your entertainment space to life. To learn more or discuss your project with us, contact our team here or send us a message in the chat box below!