A home theater gives you and your family to access the magic of the movies at any time. Whether you’re a major cinephile or just looking for a way to enjoy the latest streaming release, a home theater can add hours of enjoyment to your downtime. It’s also an incredible way to add potential value to your home.

Use the following tips to make the most of your home theater experience and create an atmosphere worthy of Hollywood!

Choose the right space

Selecting the room in your home to serve as a dedicated theater is the first step in the process. Just like the real theater, you’ll want your home theater to have as few windows as possible to avoid sunlight intruding on the viewing experience. You’ll also want this room to be isolated from other rooms whose inhabitants could be bothered by noise. The ideal home theater could be in your basement, or any other space that is not dedicated to a specific use in your home.

Consider lighting

With the right room selected, it’s time to give some thought to the lighting in your home theater. If the space you’ve chosen has windows, invest in some heavy blackout curtains to help keep out unwanted sunlight. Next, consider installing ambient lighting so you and your guests can find their way around in the dark theater. This could be as extravagant as in-floor track lighting, or even some well-disguised LED tube lights. For main lighting when the screening is over, you’ll want to avoid any large hanging fixtures that could obstruct your view of the screen. Go with recessed can lights controlled by a dimmer for that real theater vibe.

Paint it black

Painting a normal room in your house black would usually be a no-go, but this is no ordinary room! Consider painting the ceilings and walls in your home theater black (or as near to black as you can stand) for the ultimate immersive experience. You should also consider dark carpet or flooring to match the theater aesthetic. To break up some of the oppressiveness and take your look to the next level, hang some soundproof panels on the walls. These functional touches will provide a viewing experience unlike anything you’ve experienced at home.

Select seating

Good seating is another crucial element of any home theater. If you are going for all-out realism, try sourcing some arena-style seats like those used in commercial cinemas (with built-in cupholders of course!) If you’re willing to sacrifice authenticity for comfort, there are plenty of cushy options of home theater seating available ranging from plush couches to adjustable loungers. Just be sure to choose something you’ll want to sit in for hours on end!

Sight and sound

The final and most important aspect of the home theater experience is the screen and sound system. Most big-box stores today carry movie-quality sound solutions that will be at home in any personal theater. As for the viewing experience, your options are more varied. Today’s massive 4k and even 8k displays are more than capable of provide a solid home theater experience, or you can even go as far as installing built-in digital projection. For your AV setup, the only limit is your budget.

Now that you know what it takes to design the ultimate home theater, all you need is a home to put it in. Let the mortgage pros at First Ohio answer any questions you may have about the mortgage process to help you understand your options. Contact us today—and see you at the movies!