Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Raleigh

Blake Jarman

For some TV and movie lovers in Raleigh, the home theater or media room is just not a niche, but one of the most inclusive rooms you could use.  The entire room is focused on the large 4k TV.  The sound system covers you in dramatic scores and rich dialog. Now, you need to install the perfect window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

When your media room is used as a family room, you should get the most from your TV.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will adequately darken the room, so that you don’t get glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window coverings could completely dampen outside sound.  As an added bonus, your window treatments should have style even when the TV is off.  

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

Your Window Treatments Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch a movie in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  You may want to start with shades that blackout the outside world.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will block out the sun. And with the right materials, you can get the room as black as you need, so you can make a nice movie theater feeling.

However, while the right shade will make your room movie theater dark, they don’t direct light very well.  If you need the benefit of directing light in addition to blacking out the sun, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to shroud the room in complete darkness when you shut the louvers. But there are times you might want to let in some outside light, so the space doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With plantation shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, so visitors 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 block out outside light, but don’t underestimate the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children horsing around 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 addressed, 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 usually are a bit slim to adequately stop outside noise.  Blinds can have the same issues as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside sound, but might also dampen dialog from your TV and hinder you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep inside sound nice.  If your neighborhood is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter can fulfill the purpose. Then again if you happen to be in a community that has more traffic or children, like in a child-friendly area or on a popular street, you will probably want to use a heavier faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you choose, make sure you arrange your surround sound after after your treatments are installed so that you a full experience from your speakers.

The More Uses Of 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 easier to get, media rooms have started to function as the main recreational area.  Used for more than films, media rooms are also a room for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will need a more versatile window covering that looks stylish when it’s the room is being used for other purposes.

When a cellular or roman shade is raised, they dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows bare enough , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you forfeit privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be utilized as a general space, and not just as a space to watch movies. And since you can open or close shutters to a variable amount of light, you can designate a back area where friends may want to visit or do something else. Everyone else can then sit in the main part of the room watching the film .

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

If your media room doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-use media room, then plantation shutters are the way to go. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can assist.  Call 919-887-9198 and schedule your in-home consultation.