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They say that size isn’t everything, and we’re here to prove it. When it comes to a home theater room, even the smallest spaces can be converted into a place for the whole family to scrum down and watch the latest releases. But how do you ensure that your small home theater room is a success? With our small home theater room design ideas, that’s how. We’ll show you how to decorate this gathering space with media room furniture that looks great and comforts all of your brood. Read our latest small home theater room design ideas for inspiration today!

Home Theater Room Ideas: Traditional Dark Theater

If your home theater room is in a basement or downstairs room that doesn’t get much light, it’s natural to stray towards darker movie room decor. Not only does this recreate the traditional feeling of the movie theater with its dimmable overhead lighting and darker wall colors, but it also creates an intimate setting, which can be just the ticket if you crave the glamorous aesthetic of old-school movie theaters with their warm metal accents and curved furniture. Draw inspiration from the Art Deco period, where chrome, gold, and copper were used to significant effect alongside beautiful black and white interiors. 

Combined with traditional pillar box red seats from the movies, you can re-enact the thrills of taking your loved ones to the cinema without purchasing overpriced popcorn. Sounds like a win to us! 

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Insight – Opting for a basement room with little natural light can prevent glare on your theater screen.

Read More: Ways Dark Colors Can Bring Your Home to Life

Home Theater Room Ideas: Check Your Outlet Locations

Before you get onto the planning of any small movie room idea, you’ll need to decide which space you are putting your cinema room in. Will it be upstairs in the attic? Or how about down in the basement?

Once you’ve decided upon a location, you’ll need to map out your power outlets. Their location will dictate your room’s layout and inform you of any building or electrical work that may need to be undertaken to bring your home cinema room into creation. Ideally, your movie screen or projector should be on a load-bearing wall with easy access to the power outlets. Load-bearing walls allow you to easily mount your flat-screen TV or movie screen directly onto the wall if you wish. 

For difficult-to-organize rooms or rooms where you would prefer a more put-together look, opt for built-in media room furniture, which can be added to the wall with the most power outlets. This will help you safely conceal unsightly wires and unwanted items from view, giving your room a clean, professional finish.

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Insight – Always hire a professional to wire up your sound system and screen to ensure they meet safety standards.

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There has been much-needed research into interior design’s effect on the mood, particularly when combined with particular aesthetics or color combinations. When applying this to movie room ideas, it’s essential to know that the design of a space and the lighting it uses can positively or negatively affect emotions. Blue light, for example, has been shown to negatively impact sleep, so exposure to this is best avoided as much as possible in your home movie theater.

While the exposure from TV screens cannot be avoided in a movie room, using specialist smart lighting overhead to recreate other colors, such as vibrant red, reinvigorating orange, or even pure white, can help minimize its impact. Smart lighting can also be used to create ‘zones’ in larger media rooms with specific lighting patterns above the seating and different patterns around the flat-screen TV or movie projector screen to provide visual appeal.

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Home Theater Room Ideas: Make The Most of Space

Your budget will dictate which luxuries you can and cannot afford in your home theater room, but even if you have minimal finances for decor, organizing suitable storage for your budget home theater room can help you keep it tidy, clean, and inviting. 

If using built-in media storage furniture, ensuring that there is plenty of hidden storage for movies, snacks, and blankets for colder weather will ensure that family movie night is a big success. You can also safely tuck away any remotes you need to operate your movie screen projector or large screen TV where you can easily find them.

Wall space can also be utilized to give your home theater room character. Filling the walls with old movie posters, neon lights, and film memorabilia will provide plenty of talking points and set the mood for an entertaining evening.

Food and Drink on Tap?

We love the idea of creating an actual movie theater inside our home, so if space allows, believe us, we’ll be adding a popcorn cart and soda machine to your list of must-haves. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to add kitchen appliances, how about relocating your movie room next door to the kitchen? Creating access to snacks and making your movie space snack-friendly by choosing easy-to-clean modular furniture will make mopping up unexpected ketchup stains a breeze.

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Insight – Consider sound when choosing the location of your movie theater room. If near kids’ rooms, soundproofing may be an option to stop little ones from hearing content that is not suitable for them.

Final Thoughts

We hope we’ve helped you with our small home theater room ideas, incorporating some of the cleverest small home theater solutions we’ve seen. While your small home theater may not be grand in size, we’ve shown that you can still add plenty of features to make the most of your space. From adding food and drink areas to recreate the experience of going out to catch a movie to the tips and tricks, you can use when planning your space, like arranging your room around your electrical outlets.

Before you go, be sure to check out our latest blog posts – think of them like the cut scenes after the end credits have rolled. They’re full of tips and tricks to make the most of every area of your home, no matter how small your space is.


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