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Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Atlanta

April 17, 2019

For some homeowners in Atlanta, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most important rooms you could use.  You situate your furniture around the room so that all seats can see the oversized 4K screen TV without any obstruction.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, you should put up the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your home theater is in a family or bonus room, you still want to 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 coverings could adequately block outside sound.  And it definitely would be great for you to find a covering that give you 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 as dark as possible.  You may want to start with shades that block distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely keep the sun out. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can have the room as black as you desire, where the television is the main focal point.

However, while some shades will black out a room, they may not direct sunlight around the room.  If you need the benefit of directing light as well, you should try plantation shutters. Shutters can adequately darken the room when the louvers are shut. However, sometimes you might want some sunlight, so the space doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With plantation shutters, you can direct outside light, so all your shows aren’t always in a dark theater.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen 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 what you are watching. 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 do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be too thin to adequately block out sounds.  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 pure.  If your street is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. Then again if you live in a neighborhood that has more traffic or children, like near a school or on a popular street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you decide on, make sure you arrange your sound system after you install window treatments so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

The More Uses Of Your Media Room, The More Versatile 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 and television, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a functional window covering that looks stylish 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 bare enough to let in heaps of natural light, which may not be the best decision. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a movie room. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can set aside a back area where friends may want to talk or read. The rest of the group can then sit in the main part of the room catching the double feature .

Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Will You Choose?

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