A home theater system can provide hours of entertainment for you and your guests. However, with its wires, speakers, receivers, amplifiers and other elements it can also make for an unsightly display in your living room. To avoid this, it is essential to blend your home theater system into your décor.
Measure the Available Space
Often, apartments offer less room to decorate, and if you have a large theater system you need maximize the use of the available space. Measure the length, width and depth of the space intended to house the system, making sure to leave ample room for walking and to include the depth of any rug that will go in the same area. Do not forget that any furniture will need to be placed several inches away from the wall to accommodate the system’s electric cords and cables. Make sure to also note the size of your television.
Analyze Your Other Furniture
If you already have the room decorated, any shelving or cabinet to house your system will need to match for it to properly blend into the room. A dark wood color of furniture requires a dark color for any new piece you may consider. The same holds true for light wood. Keep the color and decorating scheme the same in any new furniture. In a larger space, colored wood may make for an interesting, eye-catching piece, if it will not overwhelm the room and other colors already present. If you are considering something colored, stay away from bright pieces as they will draw more attention and become the room’s focal point.
Choose What You Want to See
You should next decide how hidden or visible you want the electronics. If you want them completely closed away cabinet doors are necessary. If you are not worried about the many pieces and cords being noticeable, simple shelves may be an option. Of course, at least the television screen must be visible.
After finishing the above tasks, it is finally time to choose your piece of furniture. If you have a smaller system and are able to hide cords and cables, a shelving unit will provide ample space to stack electronics without needing much space or being clunky or heavy. A larger or bulkier system may require a full scale cabinet. You may also combine the two by using a television stand inside which you can hide some electronics and hang bookshelves overhead which will provide space for speakers and other decorations. Another alternative if you have a flat-screen or plasma television is to hang it on the wall with shelves above.
Consider the size of the space for the system. A smaller space will look better with a more open cabinet or shelving unit. A larger space may necessitate an armoire or multiple pieces of furniture to not appear overwhelmed or as an afterthought.
If you choose an object with open space, mix decorative objects with the system’s electronics. In doing so you will be breaking up the system making it less overwhelming in the room and integrating it with your other furniture. Adding vases, books and framed photos to the same shelves as the electronics will make the latter unnoticeable.
The key to blending a home theater system into your décor is to hide unsightly cords and cables and mix it with other decorative objects. Of course, whatever houses the system must enable it to still be easily accessible and usable. Most of all, though, have fun with your decorating and do not be afraid to show off your personal style.