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You asked, we answered. A guide to luxury home theater design.

When it comes to luxury home theater design, there are often more questions than answers. Top-of-the-range theaters are usually in the homes of the wealthy or celebrities. Designers can be reluctant to share their projects due to their clientele’s desire for privacy. A quick Google unearths plenty of inspiration, but rarely, the advice needed to recreate home theaters of a similar caliber.

With home theater tech developing at extraordinary rates, it can be tough to keep track of all the moving parts of a dedicated theater. Custom designs are built to exacting standards, with no expense spared. From renovating old home theatres to laying out new ones, we’ve addressed the most pressing questions below and recommend using this guide as a reference point at each stage of the design process.

The Topics we will cover about luxury home theater design:

Feel free to click on the topic that interests you to jump ahead to the relevant section, or peruse the entire guide at your own leisure.

1.    Online resources for home theater inspiration

2.    The best colors to paint home theaters

3.    Lighting control for home cinema

4.    Lighting options for custom home theaters

5.    The laws of sound: Subwoofers and beyond!

6.    Case studies of custom home theaters

7.    How to build a kid-friendly home theater

8.    Layout in custom-built cinemas

9.    How to budget for a luxury build

10.  Sourcing luxury cinema seating

11. Motion technology in home theaters

12. Is there a step-by-step plan I can follow when designing a theater?

1.   Are there any online resources where I can find inspiration for luxury home theater designs?

how to design a home theater layout - 3D render, 19 seats

Although helpful resources aren’t the first thing to pop-up when you google “luxury home theaters,” they do exist. We’ve dug deep to put together a comprehensive list that will assist everyone from seasoned designers and a/v integrators to rookies. Finding the right advice online can feel tricky. In the blog we’ve linked to below, we cover plenty of places where you can find an extra bit of inspiration or advice. From lesser-known resources like the CEDIA builder to tech experts who detail the best screens and audio systems, this is a list that has something for everyone. Check out the list of luxury home theater design resources here.

2. What’s the best color to paint a home theater’s walls?

Colour paint for a luxury home theater design

Deciding on the right paint scheme for custom theater design can seem daunting. Many designers stick to darker colors like black or navy, but those aren’t the only options. By choosing the right type of paint, it’s possible to use lighter colors as long as they’re not reflective. From painting the ceiling to the best colors to cover those walls in, we’ve compiled everything you need to know to select the right paint. For hints, tips, and inspiring examples check out this blog on how to pick the perfect color to paint a home theater,

3. Is lighting control important for home cinema design?

lighting control home theaters

Lighting control is one of the trickiest aspects of custom theater design to get right. It’s more than just accessible light switches and fancy lighting fixtures, and most designers will need the help of an experienced electrician to get the wiring right. Reliable networks, smart lighting, dimmers, and control systems like Crestron, Savant, and Control 4 all feed into the overall lighting experience. If you want to know more about motion sensors, setting scenes and control centers, then read this blog on the secrets to home theater lighting control.

4. What are the best lighting types for home theaters?

Custom home theater lighting featuring recess light fixtures and sconces

Lighting sets the tone in any theater, more so than any other element, so time must be spent considering all the options. From fiber optic starry ceilings to sconces and dimmers, there’s something magical about a theater lit to perfection. One of the most important things to remember is that the lighting needs to be considered early in the process, from contingency plans for blocking out ambient light to figuring out the best fixtures for your theater, this blog on home theater lighting is an essential guide that will help you create a truly immersive experience.

5. How do I get the best possible sound for my home theater?

Laws of sound in home theater design

Sound is a lot more complicated than throwing money at speakers, and there are plenty of factors to consider. From the types of floor surface, to sound absorption and leaking, to situating furniture for optimal performance, the list can seem endless. We’ve taken the liberty of writing a blog that covers everything from sound reduction paint to the ideal speaker placement. Read our quintessential guide to the laws of sound in luxury home theaters here.

6. Are there any case studies of custom home theaters?

How to build a custom home theater

Finding luxurious custom home theaters to fuel the imagination isn’t hard, but locating case studies that explain the features of those theaters is a different story, which is why we’ve used our network of fabulous designers and a/v integrators to feature impressive home theaters with the advice you need to recreate something similar. This series is full of hints and tips, preferred brands for a/v equipment, and has everything from kid-friendly custom theaters to renovated castles. Read our series on custom home theaters here or check out some extreme designs here.

7. Can I build a kid-friendly home theater?

Build kid friendly home theaters

A kid-friendly home theater isn’t as impossible as it sounds, sure there’s expensive equipment, but there’s also plenty of ways to protect it. We recently wrote a case study on a kid-friendly theater by Madison Hudson Design that featured STG carpets, which are easy to clean and extremely difficult to stain. But that’s just one measure you can take to make a theater suitable for the whole family, why not read this blog full of ideas to help make your theater a kid-friendly zone.

8. How should you layout a luxury custom home theater?

Laying out a luxury home theater design

Before you do anything else, measure the space available, and consult professionals to see what you can realistically fit into the home theater. There’s no point ordering more furniture than can be squeezed in. Adequate space is required between the screen and the seating, as well as between the speakers and the chairs. Everything has an ideal position, so even if it’s a DIY project, we recommend consulting an A/V  integrator to make the room is in the right place.  Alternatively, you can check out some of our home theater layout recommendations or read this comprehensive blog on hope to map the perfect home theater.

9. What’s the best way to spend a home theater budget?

Working out the budget for a custom home theater

Budgeting may seem counter-intuitive when it comes to designing a luxury theater, but it’s still important to figure out where the bulk of the spend should be. Building a custom home theater isn’t about buying the most expensive gear or furniture. Instead, it’s about balancing spend to create the optimal experience. There’s no point having the best sound imaginable if the screen is shoddy and vice versa. Read this short blog about how to maximize a luxury home theater budget

10. What’s the best luxury custom theater seating?

Best home theater seating certification

When it comes to luxury home theater seating, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond: from incredible warranties to hand-crafted design and German engineered mechanisms. We’ve even created the Diamond Standard to help guide those looking for a genuinely quality cinema chair. Like the 4Cs of a true diamond, every chair must meet a stringent list of standards to get the certification. Read this blog about how to identify the best seating and what certification to look for.

11. Can you use motion technology in a home cinema?

best color for home theater

Motion for home theaters allows for a next-level immersive experience. Integrated into chairs the technology can cause viewers to quake with fear or shudder in the wake of onscreen explosions. Fads like 3D cinema have come and gone, while 4D motion has gone from strength to strength. In this blog, Crowson Technology discusses why luxury home theaters need motion.

12. Is there a step-by-step plan I can follow when designing a theater?

Breaking the process of installing a home theater down into distinct phases is critical when it comes to meeting expectations. In our blog on installing a home theater in ten simple steps, we walk you through each major stage and what aspect you need to sort out at each stage. 

The steps are as follows: 

  1. Divide up your budget realistically
  2. Get exact dimensions and decide on the number of chairs
  3. Select a screen size that corresponds to room length 
  4. Decide on colors, swatches and themes
  5. Formalize the design and review budget
  6. Prewire the room for electronics and lights
  7. Install the A/V equipment
  8. Decorate
  9. Tweak and test
  10. Press play 

We recommend reading out our comprehensive blog by clicking here, to find out what each stage entails in more detail.