Today’s home theater is a far cry from the walled entertainment stand or wired armoire of yesteryear. Savvy consumers and discerning home builders are placing more value, more emphasis and more centrality on the home theater than ever. How? By integrating the theater space into the open flow of a home, employing clever design solutions that maximize quality yet blend into even the most upscale home’s discriminating aesthetic.
Today’s home theater incorporates seating that invites conversation, rather than isolate the viewer. In fact, the best home theaters do double duty, serving as a welcoming gathering area, so they’re well-used even when the screen (or as is more often the case, the screens) are turned “off.”
And all the technological components that keep today’s home theaters on the cutting edge are tastefully tied into the home, so that the “performance” of the room is not a focal point, but rather a blended part of the space’s architecture. Vibrant, controlled sound, clear pictures, and 4K technology—or ultra high-definition display with four times the resolution of traditional HD displays—have made clarity and quality in the home theater better than ever.
Showcasing multiple screens and multiple uses, the modern home theater is positioned to become the “keeping room,” of the next generation. And homeowners can only expect this space to keep getting better and continue getting more use over time.
Mitch Lehde is an acoustical designer with Kasted where he serves as director of acoustics and theater design. Kasted provides consulting services to top architectural and interior design firms across South Carolina and nationwide