So let’s face it the Christmas decorations are down and packed away for another year.…
I am fully aware that I am sat writing this article all about designing a home cinema room during one of the hottest Summer’s on record… but believe me, when the chill in the air returns and the darker nights arrive, it will feel like the perfect time to have your very own cinema room at home.
The idea of closing the curtains as the rain beats down on your windowpanes… shutting the door on the bitter cold wind and having somewhere to hide away, snuggle (or cwtch as we say in Wales) and watch a good film is a truly tempting one!!
But where exactly do you begin with a home cinema design?? How exactly is it different to a living room or a snug?? What do you need to consider and bear in mind when designing your own home cinema??
Choosing The Right Room In The House
For us, we already knew the exact room where we would create our home cinema. It is right next to the boot room (where we keep all of our snacks and refreshments) and a room that has low traffic and it fitted in with the general rhythm and routine of the home. We also knew the room would be multi-purpose as I often work out in this space, and it also doubles up as my interiors design office.
A number of client’s I have worked with have tended to lean towards choosing a small box room or basement within their home that is naturally dark. And that works particularly well too, as it’s the kind of space which lends itself well to a home cinema… possibly the only time when a lack of natural light is seen as a HUGE win!
Decorating Our Home Cinema Room
Most interiors designers (myself included) will say the smaller the space the more efficient it is to set up a room for acoustics. It means you don’t need to spend a fortune on specific sound systems.
With this in mind, I chose style AND form when it came to our walls… light and bright paint on the walls with coastal inspired tongue and groove panelling halfway up the walls – a light bright and airy space to work in as well as great for keeping the acoustics on point within the room.
Screen wise we opted for a huge Samsung flat screen wall mounted TV. When we aren’t using the TV, I transform the screen using a piece of stylish colour coordinated artwork via a YouTube channel.
Overall, I feel I really went for a different look in here compared to the rest of the Barn as there are no real original features in this space, so a modern fresh look to inspire my design work was chosen.
Aside from your screen, I would say the second most important part of your home cinema set up is the seating. The best sofa should give you enough depth to comfortably stretch out, high enough for back support and also the ability to just curl up and settle in to watch your favourite film.
We opted for a huge Ikea Vimle modular corner sofa in easy to wash covers – great for movie nights – no stress. I also chose a huge footstool big enough for all four of us to pop our feet on, so the sofa in effect, becomes a bed!! I discovered this amazing one from Weaver Green – the stunning and practical fabric is all made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
The accent cushions that complement the colours in the vintage style rug are also a combination of Oka and Weaver Green… I always try to consider sustainability as well as design and I love the Weaver Green recycling ethos!!
Coastal Grandma Chic
Our design concept all originated from one piece; the vintage inspired pattern rug from Wayfair in tones of beige, grey, powder blue and blush. The neutral Cormar carpet below complements the space and adds additional layering & warmth to the space.
I also fell in love with the work of a local artist Hannah Davies and commissioned the two huge canvas art pieces to feature our local beach Newton where I walk the dog. To keep the room dark when we watch a film, I have opted for made to measure lined roman blinds in classic coastal stripe ticking fabric – made by Helen Harry Interiors.
And of course, if we are looking for space to pop our cinema snacks then we have Rattan side tables from Maison du Monde with a matching bleached wood media unit & mirror from Tikamoon. Accessories include faux foliage – the all-time practical solution to add greenery to any room.
Additional storage is provided by a large rattan storage chest that hides my hand weights out of sight when not in use. This one is from The Basket Company.
I guess you could say I have fully embraced the “Coastal Grandma Chic” feel in this room… I really wanted to embrace that slower paced, more leisurely lifestyle aesthetic where I could.
Ultimately, I like to think of our cinema room as being a fun space that has a stylish, comfortable, and cosy aesthetic that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Since it’s been completed, we have used it so much as a family – it was definitely worth the time and effort to complete. It’s a winner.