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How to Use Window Treatments in Your Home Theater

Contemporary House With Simple Home Theater
Creating the perfect home theater requires more than just choosing the right electronics. Along with something to show your favorite features on and a comfortable space for viewing parties, you also need to design a dark space. If your home theater has windows, take a look at the easy ways to darken the room and stop light from filtering in.
Window Shades
Blackout shades or dark, close-fitting window treatments can keep the light out, which make your home theater the perfect viewing space. When you choose shades for this room, consider:
  • The window's size. The shade must fit tightly across the entire window. Gaps at the top, the bottom, or the sides will let exterior light in. Even a sliver of sun can ruin the theatrical effect you're going for.
  • The color. Lined or room darkening shades come in a rainbow of hues. While the color won't affect the ability to keep the space dark, it will add to the aesthetics when the lights turn on. Choose a color that coordinates with the rest of the room.
  • The texture. Like color, the shade's texture is an aesthetic issue. A plain flat style is simple and can easily blend in with the background, while a ridged texture stands out when the lights are on.
Professional installation is an integral part of making the most of the room darkening effects. A professional window treatment installation technician knows how to place the shades, what hardware to use, and how to darken the room without sacrificing your décor needs.
Window Curtains
Shades aren't the only window treatment to consider when creating a home theater. While room-darkening shades can keep the light out, alone they may leave your windows looking bare. If you want a streamlined or simple style, shades are an easy option. But if you want to create a dramatic look for the room, curtains add a theatrical touch.
Before deciding on a curtain style, keep in mind:
  • The purpose. If the curtain is an accent, you have plenty of fabric, style, size, and color options. But if the curtain will add to the blackout effect, you'll want a style that's heavy, thick, or has a room-darkening lining.
  • The room's décor. Along with adding to the darkening effect, the curtains help to create a specific style. If your home theater is a simple space, a solid color that blends in with the shades or wall covering will work well.
  • Ease of cleaning. Buttery popcorn, sticky candy, and soda are home theater fare that can all end up on your window treatments. If you have kids (or messy guests), easily washable curtains are a necessity.
Your home theater's window treatments will look and work their best when a professional installs them.
Other Curtains
Even though curtains typically frame windows, you have a few other options for their use in a home theater space. How can you use curtains in a non-window covering way? Some of the common, and creative, uses include:
  • Around the screen. Create a true theater feel by draping flowing curtains around your television or projection screen. Dark or deep colors (such as maroon) and thick fabrics work best for this type of use.
  • Along the walls. Designing a movie theater-like setting means taking a typical room and making it more dramatic. Grandly draping fabrics that flow from the ceiling to the floor add to this distinct effect.
  • In front of equipment. If you don't want your sound system or other theater equipment to sit out in the open, curtains provide an easy way to hide them.
Choosing to use curtains in multiple areas of the room requires consistency. Unless the overall design of the room has an eclectic look, one style or color of curtain can create a cohesive commercial theater-like look.
Do you need window treatments for your home theater? Contact Phoenix Window Fashions for more information.