Home theaters have the core elements that we are all familiar with, the screen, projector, surround systems, media players, decor, lighting, and furniture. Some place more importance on the technology that you see and hear, however, to optimize the home theater experience, we have to go one step further, or for some, make a few tweaks. In this article, we will discuss what steps you can take to optimize your home theater.


All theater rooms are different. Some have windows, and others don’t. Some projectors are brighter than others. Some home theaters are convertible, meaning that when not in use, they are a living room or an entertainment room. It is essential then that not just any projector screen is used. When designing the room, ambient light, as well as the light output of your projector will have a profound effect on the viewing experience.

For example, if you have a high-gain projector screen, it will pick up more light. However, if your home theater has windows, for example, or light coming in from other parts of the house, your image will wash out. In that scenario, a brighter projector or a medium gain projector should be used. Ideally, a home theater should have no windows, enabling full control over the lighting while using the theater. Be sure that your AV integrator designs the best combination for your room.


The color of the walls in the theater room has a significant impact on the viewing experience. With home theaters that utilize projectors, it’s all about light management. Darker colors on the walls work best since darker colors absorb light. Flat paint, as opposed to semi-gloss, also does better at minimizing light reflections. We are not recommending that all home theaters are to be painted flat black. However, make darker colors and flat paint a part of your decor priorities when designing your entertainment space!


Lighting is essential while not using the home theater. However, darkness is necessary while putting it to use. Accent lighting to light the floor or perhaps light from windows may leak in though. It is vital to install motorized shades on the windows for example, and control lighting systems. Lighting automation is also essential to ensure that it is the most convenient when getting ready to watch that new movie. Lighting controls and automation can connect to smart home systems, with voice control as well as control over your mobile device.


Having the right projector screen, wall colors, and control over the lighting will help you to optimize your home theater experience. Already have a home theater? Have Capitol Technology Group take a look to determine how you can optimize your home theater experience.

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