From hanging movie and sports posters or memorabilia, to installing light sconces and plush recliners with cup holders, to building a shrine that honors something you're passionate about, there are dozens of ways to personalize a home entertainment space.
Cineplex at Home
If you love to watch movies and have a room to spare, create your own theater — one without sticky floors and (hopefully) annoying people who can't stop talking or texting. There are countless ways to create a signature home cinema, but these seven caught our eye:
The Classic Theater. Capturing the look and feel of a true cinema was the goal behind this custom-designed home theater. Highlights include a video projection system that accommodates ultra widescreen films, a top-notch A/V system and cinema-style seating. The designer even created a lobby with movie posters and a popcorn machine.
A Stately Screening Room. The elegant boardroom feel of this state-of-the-art theater proves that it is possible to transform any space into a home entertainment haven. In this case, a stand-alone garage became a secluded man cave.
Old-World Cinema. It's possible to recreate virtually any environment as long as you're working with an experienced home theater installer and have the means to execute your vision. The owner of this medieval-themed theater was determined to evoke the atmosphere of a French cathedral, complete with alcoves, nooks and gargoyles.
Theater of the Future. Create the right environment, and you'll feel as though you've been transported to another time and place every time you sit down to watch a movie. Lots of leather was used to create this futuristic retreat, complete with a ceiling of fiber-optic "stars."
Concert Hall and Theater in One. If you enjoy listening to music at concert levels as much as you like sinking into a cushy chair to watch a Hollywood blockbuster, there's no reason you can't have it both ways. A high-end home audio installation and acoustical treatments were integrated into this minimalist theater to ensure a lifelike experience for movie soundtracks and music.
A Comfy Media Room. You don't have to convert your family room into a full-blown theater to enjoy a first-rate movie experience. Professional home theater designers know how to integrate technology into a room without disturbing its character - as in the high-performance AV system that takes a back seat to the warm décor that defines this comfortable family room.
The Sports Bar/Game Room. If 24/7 sports is your thing, why not go the whole nine yards? Build a room with multiple screens, sports memorabilia and a bar, and you'll never leave home. The owner of this magnificent space takes fandom to the extreme with a floor-to-ceiling Notre Dame Fighting Irish theme.
For more ideas on how to spruce up your media room, take a look at our Inspiration Gallery.
And when you're ready to get started on your home theater, consult a professional and ask to see examples of thematic installations they have done. Click here for a list of CEDIA-member home technology professionals in your area.