Make any room in your house a fully functional media room.
With a little planning and the right equipment, any area in your home can be transformed into the perfect place to catch up on the news or settle down after dinner for a movie in full surround sound. Below are some tips for creating your space.
The focal point of any modern media room is the television. There are many custom mounting solutions for integrating your TV, perhaps recessed into the millwork with a sliding panel for a seamless look, on a pull-out mount so you can point it towards the kitchen while you cook, or even hiding it in the ceiling to be revealed with a motorized, drop-down mount!
Whatever you choose, it is important to purchase a TV that is correctly sized for the space. Too big, and it becomes the dominant theme in the room, too small and the feeling of being immersed in the world of entertainment is lost. We are happy to help you figure out the perfect size or you can check out this online calculator to see the proper TV size for the room.
Not as noticeable as the TV, but equally important for an amazing media room, is the sound. To create a theatre-like experience at home, you need to include all the parts. In a 7.1 surround sound system, there are 7 speaker channels plus a subwoofer. In the front, you have a center channel that handles most of the dialogue plus a right channel and a left channel. In a media room, often the perfect solution is a custom-sized soundbar that matches your TV width perfectly and includes all three of these channels. In the back, there are 4 channels. Surround right, surround left, rear surround right and rear surround left. To keep the floor free of obstacles, these 4 individual speakers could be positioned at the perfect location in the ceiling, where they can be heard but not seen. With these seven speaker channels, the sound of the movie can be sent to every area in the room, following the onscreen action. The final touch is the subwoofer, bringing depth to the soundtrack and punch to the important scenes.
Proper control over your room’s lighting will really help to change the focus. Separating the room lighting into multiple elements can ensure that the room can be used as a family meeting area for conversation, a make-shift study area for the kids or a spot to catch up on the latest Netflix series. A dimming lighting control system by Lutron is the ultimate way to create lighting scenes for every event, at the touch of a keypad or remote.
Large beautiful windows with an epic view can create a sense of calm and expansiveness in your home during the day, but when you really want an immersive media experience, the ability to block out the sun or streetlights is a key factor. Whisper quiet motorized roller shades by Lutron are undeniably elegant and allow you to change the feel of the room instantly.
Bringing the real magic to your media room is a touchscreen universal remote by RTI. Just by selecting the movie activity, your TV will turn on, the sound will start, lights will dim, and the shades will lower turning a bright open space into exactly what you need to wind down after a long day. All of your other remotes can be stored away in a drawer and this remote will handle everything, even when all of the components are hidden behind the cabinet doors.
Installation by Effortless Electronics
With the full-service option from Effortless Electronics, you can be assured that your media room will make the most of your unique space. We can help you with the complete process, ensuring that the end result is exactly what you expect. Reach out today and let’s get started!