I’m a huge movie buff. Up until I actually studied and went into marketing, I was pretty sure I was going to become a movie producer. In fact, I’m not entirely ruling it out yet for the future. I love everything about movies – the worlds you get transported to, the couple of hours of escape they provide, the characters that draw you in and make you feel like you’ve known them personally for years, and, of course, the popcorn. It’s not a movie without (layered butter) popcorn.
Between services like iTunes and Netflix, it’s now easier than ever to get caught up on the latest without having to change out of your pyjamas. More than that, there’s a trend that’s emerging where you don’t even have to wait for months after a film’s been released to see it at home: films are starting to get iTunes releases on the same day as they’re out in the cinema (like a recent favourite, Celeste and Jesse Forever), and Netflix has an exclusive distribution deal with Disney (so you can watch the classics, or, in 2016, new releases as they come out).
And, now that movies have become more accessible, it makes a good home theatre set up that much more necessary. There are a few things to consider for a good media/TV room: TV size (as big as you can do in your space – movies are, after all, meant to be experienced), comfortable furniture (something you’d love to sink into for a couple of hours), lighting (or lack thereof…the darker it can get, the better), speakers (invest in a good surround sound set) and some kind of media system (I’m partial to Apple TV). There are a couple of good articles (HGTV has a whole series) on the benefits of a home theatre system versus a media room, and how to go about building your dream space.
I’ve been scouring design ideas in the last little while (naturally inspired by the glamour of the just-finished awards season), and have found a few home theatre set ups that I adore:
Home theatre systems can range from the uber-simple to the crazy complex, but if you find your style, they add a certain inviting and friendly vibe to any home. I, for one, am definitely putting these ideas in the bank of my eventual dream home.