The best way to watch a movie is to enjoy it in the comfort of your own home theater. Having family and friends over to watch the movie of your choice is an amazing experience.
That experience can be made even better with the proper home theater decor. Wowing your guests can be made possible by using this decor to further immerse yourself in the movies you are watching.
How can you wow your family and friends? Let’s look at how you can turn watching a movie in your home theater into an event your guests will be talking about for days.
Nothing sets the mood for a movie more than having proper lighting. There are a few things that you can do in order to add to the experience of your guests.
Have lights that can be turned up or down on a gradual scale. If you are watching a movie that has horror or suspense elements, you’ll want the least amount of light that you are comfortable with.
For more light-hearted movies, try lighting that is turned up slightly, just enough to see other people around you. Laughter has been shown to be a social signal. People are 30 times more likely to laugh when they are with other people.
Since laughter has also been linked to social bonding and makes people feel better, being able to see others around them with low light that doesn’t affect the quality of a movie will, in turn, make your guests feel that the night was great.
Use Seating to Make the Setting More Intimate
The way that people are seated can either make them feel more bonded or more independent. Since it will be your friends and family in your home theater, you will want to create a setting of inclusion and intimacy.
You can accomplish this by having a few couches instead of having a bunch of individual chairs.
If you do want chairs instead, arrange them in a way that will encourage a focus on the screen but that also allows for conversation before and after the movie.
People are naturally social creatures. This will fulfill their desire to be part of a larger group. Use your home theater decor to make them feel comfortable and social. (P.S. For more on seating, check out our article about the type of Home Theater Seating you should choose)
Our hobbies and preferences can help others determine what type of person we are. Shared interests are a great way to increase bonding with another person, and can serve as great conversation starters.
Movie posters, replicas of movie props and scripts, and pictures of actors and actresses not only serve to create a free flowing dialogue but will also give your home theater a personal touch.
These items will engage your guests as well. This type of home theater decor triggers your guests’ subconscious desire to see a movie by reminding them of other great films they have seen.
Memorabilia is always a safe bet for home theater decor.
You want your guests focused on the sounds of the movie they are watching, not the sound of the projector that is playing it. It not only drowns out important dialogue but takes away from the immersion.
Done correctly, you can get a projector that will not only stay quiet but will serve as a central piece of your home theater decor. There are many attractive, inexpensive, and quiet models out there for sale now.
Make sure you check the quality of each brand as well and read articles describing what to look for in a projector. No matter how great your home theater decor is, it doesn’t matter if the movie’s quality suffers because of a sub-par projector.
Remember that all projectors are different. What might work great in one setting might not work for your home theater. Do your homework and find the best one for your situation.
Turn Your Speakers Into Home Theater Decor
You want your home theater to have the best sound possible to wow your guests. You have figured out an amazing theme and set it up to make it an intimate place to watch great movies.
There’s just one problem though. Speakers can be big, bulky, and sometimes will distract from your guests’ viewing pleasure.
Why not make your speakers a part of the experience?
There are a few possible solutions available. You could mount your speakers in the corners of the room, hiding them. You could also use plants or other various props to mask them.
You could also get specialty speakers that are designed to look like props from a movie. These can be expensive, but if you can afford it, why not go all out?
Make Food Fun
Almost everyone likes to munch on something while they are watching a movie. You can add to the experience by having snacks that are served in a movie themed dish or bowl.
You can also get yourself a scaled down concession stand, complete with a popcorn maker and soda cooler as well. If your guests get the craving for some buttered popcorn, all they have to do is walk up and put it in a bag.
Having a small concession area as a part of your home theater decor will set you apart from other people and wow your guests. It adds to the sense of immersion and will make them feel as if they have stepped into an actual theater.
Don’t forget the coffee as well. The last thing you want is for people to start falling asleep during your late night Halloween marathon of classic horror movies.
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Having a well thought out plan to add to your movie watching experience with home theater decor will make your house the place to go for socializing and film watching.
There is no better feeling than knowing that your guests will be talking about the amazing time that they had at your place later that night.
Impressing visitors with your home theater will provide you with a sense of accomplishment that is hard to match.
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