Home Cinemas & Multimedia Rooms
A home cinema is one of the most immersive and convenient ways to enjoy movies and TV.
With the worlds love for digital tech and all things film ever-growing with faster streaming services, it’s really no surprise that a dedicated home cinema room is a must-have in our interior design projects.
Create the ultimate home cinematic experience
Our luxury, bespoke cinema design service will help you transform your living and entertainment spaces into the ultimate cinematic experience. Crafting the perfect space for you to wind down and watch your favourite movies with family and friends from the comfort of your own home.
the ultimate at home cinematic experience
We believe this room should be treated as an art form – using the highest quality equipment to help create the depth, detail and clarity needed to fully convey the visions of directors and filmographers.
We combine industry-leading technology with years of experience to create a luxury, bespoke home cinema system for you.
What do I need to consider for my cinema?
But where do you begin with home cinema design? How do you differentiate it from your living room or from a snug? What considerations, needs and musts are there to bear in mind when creating your very own?
Where do I put a cinema?
Firstly, we start with the basic question of location. Maybe you have a garage or basement containing overflow storage, an outhouse with no purpose, an empty attic space that is longing for a cause or you might even have a designated space in mind?
We can work with most areas to house a cinema room, however, the space does need to meet certain criteria surrounding the amount of space, the layout and its suitability. At this point the crucial thing is to get the planning of your cinema room right.
We therefore offer a free site survey of your proposed location. However, a dedicated space isn’t your only option. An increasing number of our private clients are wanting to utilise a current sitting room for a dual functioning living room that also transforms into a fully functioning cinema room which is just as impactful.
Before / After of a dual purpose cinema room
other elements to consider
Now that the location and use of your cinema room is determined we need to consider the other elements that make up this space. The overall desired look, screen orientation, colour scheme, seating, sound system, wall panels and lighting used are all factors we need to take into account.
Emphasis on comfort and style
Firstly the overall desired look. Cinema rooms can have a variety of different looks and styles, whether you’re planning on making this space more modern and contemporary to fit in with the rest of your home or you want a completely different look, such as one that resembles the look of a commercial cinema. We always aim to provide seating that allows your feet to be lifted for maximum comfort – whether that’s a chaise-longue for two, bespoke footstools, a tilted back support or an overload of deep scatter cushions. You are never going to want to leave.
Best seat in the house, regardless
We also need to consider the screen orientation. The factors we need to take into account are the height and the distance between your seating to the screen so you receive maximum viewing pleasure for all your guests. It also serves as the focal point of the room so every seat in the space has a great view of what’s on show.
Light or Dark Setting?
Colour scheme – cinema rooms are more impactful if they are submerged in darkness and incorporate moody lighting, so all eyes are solely fixated on the screen.
Incorporating darker, sumptuous colour tones emit the feel of a cinema and prevent any reflection of natural light. However, if this is a dual-functioning room also acting as a living space lighter tones would be more appropriate and of course softer materials are easily incorporated.
When thinking about the seating arrangement around the cinema screen you have to consider the amount of space you have to play around with and what will suit your family dynamic.
Does the space permit you to have multiple leveled rows of individual cinema seats or would the space better suit having a more social setting with large deep corner sofas?
All comforts accommodated
It is also crucial for the seating to offer maximum comfort as well as an inviting feel. The addition of cup holders, cushions and throws will also add to a more comfortable cinematic experience.
Sound – like you’re there
Watching a film in a movie theatre is considered as an ‘immersive’ experience and you feel as though you are physically there in the movie. This is because commercial cinemas are constructed with speakers that surround the listener, each of which is responsible for a different type of audio such as dialogue, soundtrack and ambient noise.
We identify these sound sources and create a detailed soundscape which is what makes going to the cinema so wonderfully immersive. The speakers to consider incorporating into your scheme are left and right surround sound channels, a central channel, dual rear speakers and a subwoofer.
Wall panels – we can integrate acoustic wall panels into our designs not just for decorative reasons but to improve the sound quality within your home cinema (by hiding speakers behind them without compromising acoustic quality). Just as a bona fide speaker configuration is essential to a home cinema system – so is the acoustic treatment for your room.
Materials that help you loose yourself
Most rooms have little or no absorptive materials on the walls and ceilings, meaning echoes from speakers make noise bounce off walls and cause the audio channels to blend – muddying the soundscape. Similarly, you don’t want the room to have too much absorption, or the auditory experience will be dull and flat. We like to add a considerable amount of soft treatments to carefully balance out often by applying a fabric wall material.
Subtle but Dramatic Lighting
As well as practical stair tread mini spots (so you don’t trip in the dark) cinemas require mood lighting to set the scene. Whether that’s spotlights that cascade slithers of light on the room below highlighting a wall texture as it falls, or LED skirt lighting in creative places – often behind the recesses of the raised seating platforms to pave the way to your seat which you usually find in your typical commercial cinema.
Let’s discuss your project
Send us some details of the project you have in mind by filling in our project contact form to better prepare us for your project requirements and we will book a call with you to discuss your new design.