Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Atlanta

Dan Taylor

For many people in Atlanta, the home theater or media room is more than a niche, but one of the most inclusive rooms in the house.  The entire room is centered around the large 4k television.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should put up the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your media room is in a family or bonus room, you should get the most from your television.  Nevertheless, you need a shutter or shade that will totally darken the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window treatments could adequately block outside sound.  Last but not least, your window coverings should show some style even when you're not viewing the latest blockbuster.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Keep The Room Dark

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that blackout distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely block out the sun. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can have the room as black as you desire, where the television is the center of attention.

However, while the right kind of shade will get your room completely dark, they may not meet your needs when your film isn’t in session.  If you need the benefit of directing light as well, you should try plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to adequately darken the room when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might want some sunlight, so the space doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With shutters, you can direct outside light, so family and friends can still gather when the movie ends.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window treatments should cut off light, but don’t overlook the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids horsing around in the yard or a running lawn mower, can disturb you from your viewing experience. Music and dialog from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become muddied when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they can be too thin to adequately block out noise.  Blinds can have the same issues as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside annoyances, but might also dampen inside sound and stop you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, can keep outside noise out and keep your movies sounding nice.  If your street is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. Then again if you live in an area that has more traffic or children, like close to a playground or on a popular street, you may want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you pick, make sure you arrange your sound system after you install window treatments so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

The More Versatile Your Media Room, The More Functional The Window Treatment

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

As bigger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have started to function as the main recreational area.  No longer confined to movies, 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 functional window covering that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows open , letting in 100% sunlight, and you lose privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust as much as you need, you can designate a back area where friends can visit or read. The rest of the group can then sit in darkness on the couch catching the double feature .

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

If your media room doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 404-962-8517 today to schedule your in-home consultation.