Decor Ideas: How to Create Your Own Home Cinema Experience

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spanish_flag2 by J.M. in Barcelona, Spain.

I used to hear this a lot, “Oh, you’d have to watch that film in the cinema for the sound effects. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be good”. Gone are the days where we have to head to the cinema to enjoy a good film (or suffer a bad movie!). More and more people have adopted the idea of converting extra space into home cinemas as it lets you experience movies, television shows, video games and music in your own home but in an atmosphere that will surround you with sights and sounds that could rival your local multiplex. Want to create your own home cinema? Here’s how…

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How about that guest room that is barely slept in or the rumpus room? Once you find a space, you can start making it cosy. After all, you do want to enjoy the film in comfort. It doesn’t have to be a large room. As long as the distance between display and the audience is appropriate.

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You don’t necessarily need special cinema chairs for your home cinema. It really depends on what is comfortable for you. We’ve seen home cinemas which use plush sofas, armchairs, bean bags, mattresses, you name it. Use your imagination. Don’t forget things that can make your experience more comfortable like soft throws, small cushions, a place to put you snacks and drinks and a nice scent to top it off. Scroll to the end for some cool decorating ideas.

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You’ll need a good display. High definition wide-screen displays aren’t as expensive as they used to be. The bigger the better but any HDTV will work. The most common resolution to look for is 1920 x 1080.


Projectors are awesome as you can take advantage of your wall and can be cheaper compared to very large TVs. If you want to install a home theater, consult with projector stores as they will be able to advise you on the best one to suit the type of space you have. Projectors will give you that cinema experience thanks to the huge display. Just remember to have your room dark enough.

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Speakers create the sound atmosphere, which is crucial to ambiance. A six-channel speaker system is recommended. This consists of front left, center, front right, rear right, rear left, and a sub-woofer. All the speakers should be of equal tonality (or timbre) and should come from the same manufacturer if not the same model, creating a coherent sound across all five mains. The subwoofer is what gives a deep bass effect to give strong bass notes and vibration where required – the bigger the better.

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Don’t forget lighting as it can really transform your entire home cinema experience. From dimmers to fairy lights, you can really get creative as to how you want your home cinema to look like.

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