The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Southern California

Kimball Jones

For some homeowners in Southern California, the home theater or media room is more than a hobby room, but one of the most inclusive rooms in the house.  You situate your chairs and sofa around the room so each seat can watch the huge high-resolution TV without straining their necks.  The sound system envelops you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should install the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your TV room may also be used as a family room, but you should get the most from your TV.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will adequately block out light, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. An added benefit would be if your window coverings could muffle outside sound.  And finally, your window treatments 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 Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  The obvious choice are shades that block all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will keep the room dark. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can have the room as dim as you desire, where the movie is the main focal point.

However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at shutting out outside light, they may not direct outside light other than blocking it out.  If you want the option to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you may want to try plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to completely block out outside light when you shut the louvers. But there are times you might want some outside light, so the room doesn’t seem so stuffy. With these window treatments, you can adjust how the light shines in, so family and friends will still gather after the film.  

Your Window Treatments Should Block Out Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Yes, your home theater or media room should be dark, but don’t underestimate the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children playing in the yard or a running lawn mower, can distract you from what’s on the screen. What comes from your films and TV programs should also be protected, as your program’s sound can become muffled when it hits your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they may be too delicate to adequately block out sounds.  Blinds can have similar problems as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains can muffle outside annoyances, but might also distort dialog from your TV and stop you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep your movies sounding pure.  If your neighborhood is generally quiet, any plantation shutter can fit your needs. However, if you live in a community that has more ambient noise, like in a child-friendly area or on a busy street, you may want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you decide on, make sure you reposition your surround sound after you install window treatments so that you a full experience 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 become a multipurpose room.  No longer confined to films, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. If you use your room for more than one purpose, you will want a more versatile window treatment that looks stylish when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered to let in heaps of natural light, and you forfeit privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a utilitarian space, and not only as a movie room. And since shutters can easily adjust to a variable amount of light, you can designate a back area where people might opt to visit or play a game. Everyone else 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 choose 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 show you all your options.  Call 888-611-2474 today to schedule your in-home consultation.