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Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In St. George

April 17, 2019

For many people in St. George, the home theater or media room is more than a niche, but one of the most important rooms you use.  The entire room is centered around the oversized 4k television.  The sound system envelops you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you need to install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Even if your media room is in a family or bonus room, you should get the most from your television.  Nevertheless, you need a covering that will adequately darken the room, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also nice if your window treatments could adequately block outside sound.  And it probably would be nice for you to find a covering that give you some style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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

Your Window Coverings Should Make The Room Dark

Shutters in Theater Room

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  The obvious choice are shades that blackout all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the sun out. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can make the room as black as you need, where the screen is the main focal point.

However, while the right shade will get your room pitch black, they don’t direct sunlight around the room.  If you want the opportunity to direct light as well, you may want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to adequately darken the room when the louvers are shut. But there are times you might want some sunlight, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With these window treatments, you can let just a bit of light in, while still ensuring that you can watch television without a glare.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv

Of course, your home theater or media room should be dark, but don’t overlook the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as children having fun in the yard or a passing car, can divert you from what’s on the screen. Music and dialog from what you are watching should also be protected, as dialog and music can become distorted when it hits 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 sounds.  Blinds can have similar problems as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside annoyances, but might also dampen dialog from your TV and stop you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, on the other hand, can keep outside noise out and keep inside sound pure.  If your street is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. Then again if you reside in a neighborhood that has more outside activity, like near a school or on a well-traveled street, you should use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you arrange your sound system 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 bigger screen televisions become more in fashion, media rooms have begun to be seen as a multipurpose room.  No longer confined to films, 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 covering 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 open to let in heaps of natural light, but won’t help privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a general space, and not just as a movie room. And since you can adjust each one to a variable amount of light, you can set aside a corner table where people might opt to visit or play a game. Everyone else 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 Will You Choose?

If your media room doesn’t have a lot of outside windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Either way, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 435-485-9332 and schedule your in-home consultation.

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