Residential Systems - June 2020

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Top 10 Home Theater Design Trends An inside look at what’s hot in the world of home theater design. B Y L I S A S L AY M A N , A S I D , I I D A , S L AY M A N C I N E M A A N D S L AY M A N D E S I G N A S S O C I AT E S

With more than 20 years of experience designing luxury home theaters for highend properties around the globe, plus an extensive understanding and appreciation for AV technology, Lisa Slayman of Slayman Cinema and Slayman Design Associates is a valuable resource for home systems integrators. Slayman Cinema has won several awards, including the International Best Overall Home Theater from CEDIA. Slayman is also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association.

Advances in technology have transformed just about every space of a home. Kitchens have become communication hubs, bathrooms have blossomed into spa-like retreats, outdoor areas have turned into popular entertainment destinations, and bedrooms have become private luxury refuges. Technology has influenced not only how these spaces function, but how they look. While kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and even the outdoors have been impacted by progressively smarter technology, it’s the home theater that’s undergone the most monumental change. Brighter, bigger displays; smaller, sleeker speakers; and completely new ways to consume and enjoy entertainment content, as well as socioeconomic forces, have altered the home theater landscape. Given the lightning pace by which technology advances, home theater is one of the most dynamic areas of a household to decorate. So, what’s influencing home theater design in 2020? Bold colors or neutrals? Huge video walls or smaller screens? Speakers that stand out or ones that hide in the

walls? Which elements of design should be incorporated today to stay on trend? Here are ten of the biggest trends shaping home theater design today: 1. Multi-Use Entertainment Historically, a home theater was designed as a room dedicated to one thing and one thing only: watching movies. While this particular approach is still practiced today, what’s become increasingly common are home theaters that facilitate other forms of recreation. For many families, a multipurpose entertainment area makes a lot of sense. They may not have the free space or the funds to allocate a large chunk of their homes to movie viewing, so designing the room to accommodate other activities — watching sporting events, playing video games, listening to music, practicing yoga, you name it — offers more bang for the buck. As home entertainment becomes increasingly multifaceted, so must the design of the room. Rather than outfit the space with stadium-style seating, for example, it’s become more important to provide a large, open floor space for exercising and interactive gaming. Lighting also needs to be more multifunctional — bright during sporting events, soft and serene for music listening, and completely dark for movie viewing, for example. 2. Large-Scale Lounge Seating Coinciding with the multipurpose entertainment movement is the growing popularity of lounge-style seating. Families are spending more time at home than ever before, so comfort is crucial…right down

light rejection screens are a blessing for multipurpose home theaters, as “Ambient the image retains its brightness in all viewing situations. You can keep the lights on while hosting a Super Bowl party or completely off during a movie and the image is always crisp, clear and bright.

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