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

Lisa Renee Nieberding

For some TV and movie lovers in Cincinnati, the home theater or media room is more than a hobby room, but one of the most important rooms you could use.  Your large 4K television serves as the the focus in the room.  The sound system envelops you in dramatic scores and exciting sound effects. Now, it’s time to install the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

When your home theater or media room is used as a gathering place, you should get the most from your television.  Of course, you need a window treatment that will completely 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.  Lastly, your shutters or shades 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 Treatments Should Make The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room free of outside light.  Your first instinct may veer to shades that blackout all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades can effectively keep the room dark. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can have the room as dim as you want, so that the only light source will derive from the screen.

However, while a cellular shade will make your room pitch black, they won’t work very well when a show isn’t being watched.  If you wish to have the option to direct light in addition to blacking out the sun, you will want to consider plantation shutters. Shutters can shroud the room in complete darkness when you shut the louvers. However, sometimes you might want some outside light, so the room doesn’t seem so closed in. With these window treatments, you can direct outside light, so that people can still gather when the movie ends.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window coverings should black out sun glare, but don’t overlook the significance of sound.  Outside noise, such as children playing in the yard or a neighbor dog barking, can disturb you from what you are watching. What comes from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as your program’s sound can become muddied when it bounces off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be too delicate to adequately block out commotion.  Blinds can have similar problems as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside sound, but might also muffle your show’s 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 neighborhood is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter should fulfill the purpose. But if you happen to be in an area that has more traffic or children, like close to a playground or on a popular street, you will probably want to use a quality faux wood shutter. No matter what shutter you choose, make sure you arrange your surround sound after the treatments are up so that you get the most from your speakers.

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

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

As 50” - 72” inch televisions become in vogue, media rooms have started to become a multipurpose room.  Used for more than movies and television, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a more versatile window treatment that looks sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they dissapear into the window sill.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you forfeit privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a multi-purpose space, and not just as a home theater. And since you can open or close shutters as much as you need, you can deligate a side couch where people might opt to catch up or play a game. Everyone else can then sit in darkness on the main part of the room catching the double feature .

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

If your home theater or media room doesn’t have a lot of outside windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-purpose media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Either way, your Sunburst representative can help you out.  Call 513-216-9740 so you can schedule your in-home consultation.