Best Window Treatments For Home Theaters And Media Rooms In Nashville

Stefano Diotaiuti

For some homeowners in Nashville, the home theater or media room is more than a specialty room, but one of the most used rooms in the house.  You position your seats around the room so that every seat can see the big screen TV without straining their necks.  The sound system covers you in award-winning scores and exciting sound effects. Now, it’s time to cover your windows with the most functional window treatments for your home theater or media room experience.

Your TV room may double as a family room, but you should get the most from your television.  Nevertheless, you need a window treatment that will completely block out light, so that you don’t have to deal with glare on your screen. It’s also helpful if your window treatments could completely dampen outside sound.  Last but not least, your shutters or shades should show some style even when your movies aren’t playing.  

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

Your Window Coverings Should Keep The Room Pitch Black

Shutters in Theater Room 

When you see a film in a home theater or media room, you want the room on the darker side.  The obvious choice are shades that shut out all outside light.  Opaque cellular shades, roller shades or Roman shades will definitely keep the sun out. And by using fabric or sold colors, you can make the room as dark as you need, so you can create that authentic movie theater feeling.

However, as good as cellular shades are at obscuring the sun, they don’t work very well when a show isn’t being watched.  If you need the opportunity to direct light as well, you will want to look at plantation shutters. Shutters will be able to adequately darken the room when they are closed. However, sometimes you might want some sunlight, so the space doesn’t seem so closed in. With shutters, you can let just a bit of light in, so all your shows aren’t always in pitch blackness.  

Your Window Treatments Should Hinder Sound

Shutters in a living room with a tv 

Your window treatments should black out light, but don’t overlook the importance of sound.  Outside noise, such as kids horsing around in the yard or a running lawn mower, can disturb you from what’s on the screen. Music and dialog from what you are watching should also be protected, as your program’s sound can become muddied when it reflects off your window’s glass panes.

Cellular shades can make the room dark, but they may be too thin to adequately block out noise.  Blinds can have similar problems as they hang loosely around the sides. Drapes and curtains will hinder outside noise, but might also muffle dialog from your TV and stop you from hearing a true surround-sound experience.  

Plantation shutters, in contrast, stop outside sound and keep inside sound great.  If your yard is usually peaceful, any plantation shutter probably will fit your needs. Then again if you reside in an area that has more ambient noise, like close to a playground or on a busy street, you may want to use a denser faux wood shutter. Whatever covering you choose, make sure you reposition your surround sound after after your treatments are installed so that you get the most from your speakers.

The More Functional 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 easier to get, media rooms have begun to become the main recreational area.  While they still are used for movies and television, media rooms are used for gaming, watching sports, and general entertaining. Now, you will want a functional window covering that looks stylish when it’s not in use.

When a cellular or roman shade is up, they the roll completely up.  This leaves your windows completely uncovered , like the window treatment doesn’t exist, which may not be the best idea. Plantation shutters let your room be seen as a utilitarian space, and not just as a space to watch movies. And since shutters can easily adjust as much as you need, you can designate a corner table where friends can talk or play a game. The rest of the group can then sit in the main part of the room enjoying the movie .

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

If your home theater doesn’t have many outside windows, then you may choose a cellular, roman or roller shade.  If you prefer multi-use media room, then plantation shutters could be best. Whatever you choose, your Sunburst representative can show you all your options.  Call 615-236-8530 today to schedule your in-home consultation.