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

April 17, 2019

For some TV and movie lovers in Charlotte, the home theater or media room is just not a niche, but one of the most used rooms in the house.  The entire room faces the large 4k television.  The state-of-the-art speakers covers you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should cover your windows with the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your media room is in an all purpose room, you should get the most from your television.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will completely black out the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. An added benefit would be if your coverings could completely dampen outside sound.  And it probably would be great when you find a shutter or shade that provides style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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

Your Window Coverings 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.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that blackout distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dark as you want, so you can get a nice movie theater experience.

However, while a cellular shade will make your room pitch black, they may not direct light very well.  If you need the option to direct light as well, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to completely block out outside light when they are closed. However, sometimes you might need some natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, while still ensuring that you can watch television without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv

While making sure your home theater or media room has the right amount of darkness is important, don’t forget about the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children horsing around in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can distract you from your viewing experience. What comes from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become muddied when it bounces off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they usually are a bit slim to adequately block out noise.  Blinds can have similar problems as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside noise, but might also distort dialog from your TV and hinder you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, can keep outside noise out and keep inside sound pure.  If your yard is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. However, if you live in a community that has more outside activity, like in a child-friendly area or on a well-traveled street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what shutter you choose, make sure you set up your surround sound 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 50” - 72” inch televisions become more in fashion, media rooms have begun to become a multipurpose room.  No longer confined to movies, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a practical window treatment that looks great when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered to let in heaps of natural light, but won’t help privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a home theater. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can designate a back area where friends or family may want to visit or do something else. Others can then sit in darkness on the movie area catching the double feature .

Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Works 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 could be best. Either way, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 980-231-1116 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.

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