The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Honolulu

Darren Wong

For some TV and movie lovers in Honolulu, the home theater or media room is just not a niche, but one of the most inclusive rooms you could use.  Your large 4K TV becomes the point of interest in the room.  The sound system envelops you in dramatic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, you need to install the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your home theater may also be used as a family room, but you need to get everything from your television.  Of course, 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. An added benefit would be if your window coverings could adequately block outside sound.  As an added bonus, your coverings should keep some style even when the TV is off.  

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

Your Window Coverings Should Dim The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  You may want to start with shades that blackout all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And as the shades cover the full window, you can get the room as dim as you need, where the screen is the star attraction.

However, as wonderful as cellular shades are at shutting out outside light, they don’t do a exceptional job at directing outside light.  If you need the opportunity to direct light also, you should try plantation shutters. Shutters have the ability to adequately darken the room when you shut the louvers. But there are times you might want some natural light, so the room doesn’t seem so claustrophobic. With shutters, you can adjust how the light shines in, so that people will still gather when the movie ends.  

Your Window Treatments Should Dampen Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Yes, your home theater or media room should block outside light, but don’t overlook the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children horsing around in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can distract you from what you are watching. Music and dialog from what you are watching should also be preserved, as your program’s sound 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 too delicate to adequately hinder outside sounds.  Blinds can have the same problem as they are open around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside annoyances, but might also distort your show’s sound and stop you from having a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, stop outside sound and keep inside sound nice.  If your street is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter probably will fulfill the purpose. Then again if you reside in a community that has more ambient noise, like in a child-friendly area or on a busy street, you may want to use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what covering you choose, make sure you reposition 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 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 begun to become a multipurpose room.  While they still are used for movies and television, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will need a functional 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 open , letting in 100% sunlight, and you won’t have privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a utilitarian space, and not just as a home theater. And since you can adjust each one as much as you need, you can deligate a side couch where friends may want to catch up or read. Everyone else can then sit in the movie area watching the film .

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

If your media room doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer general use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 808-797-2004 today to schedule your in-home consultation.