The Perfect Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Indianapolis

Bill Burke

For many people in Indianapolis, the home theater or media room is just not a specialty room, but one of the most inclusive rooms in the house.  The entire room faces the large 4k television.  The sound system covers you in cinematic scores and rich dialog. Now, it’s time to install the best window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your media room may double as a family room, but you should get the most from your television.  Of course, you need a covering that will adequately black out the room, so that you don’t see glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window treatments could adequately block outside sound.  And it definitely would be nice when you find a window treatment that provides style even when the TV is off.  

So what are the perfect window treatments for a home theater or media room?

Your Window Treatments Should Completely Close Off The Light

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you watch TV in a home theater or media room, you want the room as dark as possible.  You may want to start with shades that blackout distracting sun and street lights.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely keep the sun out. And as the shades cover the full window, you can have the room as black as you want, so you can make a real movie theater feeling.

However, while some shades will effectively dim a room, they don’t direct sunlight around the room.  If you want the benefit of directing light also, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to shroud the room in complete darkness when you shut the louvers. But when the movie isn’t on you might need some natural light, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, so that people will still gather after the TV turns off.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Yes, your home theater or media room should be dark, but don’t overlook the influence of sound.  Outside noise, such as neighborhood children having fun in the yard or a running lawn mower, can distract you from what you are watching. Music and dialog from your films and TV programs should also be addressed, as dialog and music can become muffled when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can do a great job keeping the room dark, but they can be a bit slim to adequately stop outside sounds.  Blinds can have the same problem as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains might block outside noise, but might also distort inside sound and prevent you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, as designed, block outside noise and keep inside sound great.  If your neighborhood is mostly reserved, any plantation shutter should fulfill the purpose. Then again if you live in a neighborhood that has more ambient noise, like near a school or on a busy street, you should use a quality faux wood shutter. Whatever shutter you decide on, make sure you reposition your sound system after you install window treatments so that you a full experience from your speakers.

The More Versatile Your Media Room, The More Versatile The Window Treatment

Bedroom with shutters and oar over tv photo courtesy of Kathy at The Daily Nest

As 50” - 72” inch televisions become in vogue, media rooms have started to be seen as a second family room.  Used for more than films, media rooms can be a place for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. In this instance, you will want a more versatile covering that looks sleek when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they almost disappear.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, and you forfeit privacy or style. Plantation shutters let your room be utilized as a utilitarian space, and not just as a home theater. And since you can open or close shutters to a variable amount of light, you can designate a back area where people may want to visit or do something else. Everyone else can then not be disturbed on the couch catching the double feature .

Which Window Treatment For Your Home Theater Or Media Room Will You Choose?

If your home theater or media room doesn’t have a lot of outside facing windows, then you may want to opt for a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you use a general use media room, then plantation shutters may be the best option. Any way you go, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 317-558-9066 today to schedule your in-home consultation.