The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In New York City

Dennis Rooney

For some TV and movie lovers in New York City, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most used rooms you could use.  Your big screen 4K TV becomes the point of interest in the room.  The sound system envelops you in cinematic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you should install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your home theater is in a living or family room, you should get the most from your television.  Nevertheless, you need a shutter or shade that will totally black out the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window treatments could completely dampen outside sound.  Last but not least, your window coverings should show some style even when the TV is off.  

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

Your Window Coverings Should Make The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  You may want to start with shades that block the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will keep the sun out. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can get the room as dim as you desire, where the screen is the center of attention.

However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at shutting out the sun, they won’t work very well when a show isn’t being watched.  If you want the opportunity to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you may want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters can shroud the room in complete darkness when they are closed. However, sometimes you might need some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so stuffy. With these window treatments, you can adjust how the light shines in, so that people can visit after the TV turns off.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should black out light, but don’t forget about the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children having fun in the yard or a running lawn mower, can disturb you from what’s on the screen. What comes from your television should also be preserved, as dialog and music can become muffled when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can keep the room dark, but they may be too thin to adequately hinder outside commotion.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely 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, in contrast, stop outside sound and keep your shows sounding nice.  If your yard is generally quiet, any plantation shutter probably will work just fine. However, if you happen to be in an area that has more ambient noise, like close to a playground or on a busy street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever shutter you pick, make sure you arrange your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you you get quality sound from your speakers.

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

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

 
As larger screen televisions become in vogue, media rooms have begun to be seen as a second family room.  While they still are used for movies and television, 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 need a more versatile 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 open , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you forfeit privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be used as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a space to watch movies. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can designate a corner table where people might opt to visit or read. The rest of the group can then sit in darkness on the main part of the room enjoying the movie .

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

If your media room doesn’t have many outside facing windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you have a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 631-246-3930 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.