3 Hot Design Trends to Make the Most of Your Home Theater
Your Home Theater is Designed for More than Movies
Mention of a home theater often conjures visions of a darkened room with a giant screen and a great sound system that simulates the cinema experience. Of course, that may be what a home theater is in many homes.
But some folks don't want a room in their home that’s always dark and devoid of light. And some people don't always have time to watch a full-length feature film, but they might enjoy football on the big screen, or prefer to catch an episode of their favorite Netflix or HBO series. A home theater is whatever you want it to be for your Bluffton, IN home, and its design should reflect what you like to do with it.
With that in mind, here are three of the latest home theater design trends that may spark some ideas—for your current or future home theater!
1. Even More Immersion
Immersion is a word often used in connection with home theaters. Driven by recent technologies such as Dolby Atmos audio and HDR (high dynamic range) capabilities in projectors and screens, it reflects the increased realism you can experience in watching movies and shows. Immersive surround audio like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X have increased the "you are there" feeling of being in the film as opposed to watching it. You might feel like you need to duck from the bullets flying overhead or flinch from the crunch of the car crash—it's that realistic.
The best part of all this new technology? The equipment and content have become mainstream. Immersive audio like Dolby Atmos is standard on most audio-video receivers and surround sound processors. What's more, it's also becoming a feature on higher-end soundbars, in case your home theater doubles as your family room. The latest soundbars also use sophisticated processing to simulate immersive surround sound and, better yet, wireless speakers that are easier to install and place. HDR technologies are standard across the latest displays and home theater projectors, so you can get that incredibly realistic color and contrast that draws you into what you're watching.
What's the very latest in immersion? The newest equipment—like Sony projectors and TVs and AV receivers from Denon—have IMAX built-in. If you've been to an IMAX movie, you know how immersive the large format is. IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program that assures IMAX mastered movies and TV shows bring the enveloping sight and sound of IMAX movies to your home theater. Look for more IMAX enabled equipment, films and more coming for home use in the coming months.
2. Multiple Screens
In the past, large screens were expensive. Whether it was a large flat-panel display or a projector, it was a significant investment in the home theater. Today, flat panels from even the highest-end manufacturers like Sony are incredibly price-competitive. Even the latest 4K HDR-capable projectors have decreased significantly in price in the last few years. All of this means that you have more flexibility in home theater design. You can have multiple flat panels for catching all your favorite NFL teams at the same time, or not be forced to decide between watching the U.S. Open tennis final and the football game. When it's time for a riveting HBO episode or movie, you can roll down the ceiling-mounted screen and fire up the projector with the tap of a button.
3. Home Theaters for Wellness
You might think that the possibilities for entertainment in home theaters are already a boon for wellness. But one of the latest trends for home theater use is as a meditative wellness retreat. By incorporating another recent trend— tunable lighting—you can vary the color temperature of white light to better match natural human rhythms. Cooler lights, like early daylight hues, make us more alert and awake. Warmer tones, like those of a setting sun, tend to relax us. These can now be simulated gradually with the latest LED lighting fixtures and smart lighting control systems.
Imagine leaving space for your yoga mat and displaying scenes of a forest on the screen with nature sounds playing over the speakers. Your lighting can match the hues from the images on your screen. When the weather turns cold and gray this winter in Indiana, wouldn’t that be a great way to escape?
Let Innovative Concepts AV show you all the ways you can take advantage of a home theater or media room with the latest design trends and technology. Give us a call today at (260) 724-2276, reach us online, or click below to chat with a team member right now. We look forward to assisting you!