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Designing a home theater fit for a royal family

Plopping down on the couch with your remote control and a bowl of popcorn is one way to watch a movie, but with all the technology available for expanding the capabilities of home entertainment, why not build your own theater? If you've got an extra room you're not using and you want to enhance the movie viewing experience for yourself and your loved ones, design a theater that's as cozy as home but has the look and feel of a movie theater. 

Which room is right for your home theater?
The first step is choosing the right room for your theater. Bob Vila magazine recommends picking a room that's somewhat isolated from the rest of the house so that your viewing experience won't be disturbed by outside noises. The basement would be an excellent choice as it's removed from the main rooms of the home and there usually isn't much natural light to disrupt up the movie viewing experience. Another great tip from is to choose a rectangular room. According to the source, noise build-up has a tendency to bounce off of walls in a square room. Regular drywall is usually adequate insulation unless you plan on installing a window-shattering audio system. 

Putting the home in home theater
Since it's your own home you might as well make the seating more comfortable than a public theater with leather recliners. An excellent complement to this is Switch Hits' collection of leather switch plates. Whether you choose a textured or a smooth design, it's sure to add a touch of class to your private cinema.

If you choose to build the theater in your basement, chances are you'll be contending with a good amount of large, flat empty surfaces from the floor to the wall. DIY Network suggests breaking this monotonous design up with some drapes for the wall. Choose some classic red velvet theater curtains to give it that old-timey feel, and hang them from the wall as drapes. Don't let the absence of windows prevent you from hanging decorative drapes! Art framed in glass is a no-go as the light and sound will bounce off of it, distracting people from the movie. 

Wall-to-wall carpeting is also recommended both to improve the acoustics in the room and help keep the heat in. If you're going for that classic theater look, red carpeting is the way to go, and Switch Hits has some colorful options to choose from for your decorative outlet covers. Check out the colors in motion or the funky ceramics collections to add a splash of color to the wall.  

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