RENOVATING HOME THEATER CEILINGS
With streaming services becoming more prevalent, it’s more and more common to enjoy TV shows and movies in the comfort of your own home. If you have a home with larger, unused spaces, you might have considered renovating or creating your own home theater, transforming the space into a central hub of entertainment. While furniture, appliances and wall furnishings are usually main concerns, the ceiling is another point of design to enhance the home theater and make every experience memorable. Lighting, positioning of the furniture and even the ceiling can all contribute to the overall aesthetic and design of your home theater.
Here are a few things to consider for any home theater ceiling ideas.
Ceiling Design Cohesion
Ceilings are not the first things that people look at when entering a home theater. Usually, the TV and its accompanying accoutrements are first to capture one’s attention. However, these focal design points have to be complimented by their surroundings. Walls, furniture, fittings and the ceiling have to match to create a sense of harmony. This, in turn, highlights the TV that you want to put into focus. Home theatre ceiling designs can range from a new floor-to-ceiling coat of paint, wooden beams or slats to create a cozy, cottage vibe, simple drywall, or a patterned ceiling wallpaper to help the space stand out.
Note, however, that each of these have their own down-sides. Some might not be able to absorb sound, while others are cheap and require careful installation or application to ensure that it’s properly in place, giving you ease of mind as soon as the new ceiling has been installed or applied. It can also be difficult to apply a new drywall ceiling, for example, if you have existing light fittings that you don’t want to get rid of.
The ceiling may seem difficult to renovate, but with hanging ceilings – otherwise called suspended ceilings – there is no need to replace the ceiling you already have to install another one. Suspended ceilings are usually attached to the remaining surface, either as a fixture or, in the case of stretch ceilings, as a membrane that can be stretched and locked into place indefinitely. It can also be cut around existing lighting, preserving the ceiling you already have. The easy installation process doesn’t mean, however, that the stretch ceiling can just as easily come off. Like most renovation processes, professional services like Laqfoil should be consulted during the installation of stretch ceilings.
Lights can also be installed in these ceilings, ensuring that renovating the ceiling along with light fittings need not be a tremendous hassle. Home theater ceiling lighting can determine the mood of the night.
You can choose to have lighting on the walls instead, for example, similar to the style of actual movie theaters. You can also have a backlit home theater stretch ceiling. Stretch ceilings from Laqfoil, for example, can transmit up to 75% of the light from behind the porous surface of the PVC-based membrane that the stretch ceilings are made up of.
Depending on the surface, its print (if there is any) and any existing lighting fixtures you already have, backlit lighting can greatly improve the look of your ceiling, the atmosphere of the room, and, more importantly, give your home theater the illusion of space. With recessed or backlight lighting, the ceiling would seem higher. Consequently, the room will appear more spacious as a result. This is particularly useful for low ceilings but wide spaces, thus evening out the area and ensuring that the room is both welcoming and comfortable, rather than cramped and dark.
Stretch ceilings, in particular, are known for the wide variety of design choices available to them. Instead of mere drywall or paint, home theater stretch ceilings can come in matte, glossy, transparent, metallic or satin. This changes the ‘vibe’ of the room, giving you freedom to reinvent the space entirely. It can be a single colour, or it can be printed, such as having a home theater star ceiling. This printed surface sets the tone for the rest of the room. A home theater star ceiling, printed in full quality, can give the impression of sitting under the night sky in the comfort of your own home.
A home theater is always bound to be noisy, if not for the people inside it, then for the entertainment systems that you may have in place. Unfortunately, while it may add immersive value to the home theater, it can also disrupt other people living under the same roof.
Stretch ceilings play an integral role in absorbing sound, ensuring that you get the full experience without disrupting the overall peace of your home. They can be acoustical ceilings, as they absorb sound by the perforation already present in the PVC surface. This means that the sound doesn’t travel any further and remains in the space, enhancing the surrounding sounds.
Laqfoil is the leading North American manufacturer and installer of stretch ceilings, bringing the product from its European origins to the North American market in 2010, including Canada. Laqfoil has worked in both residential and commercial projects, delivering Canada and US-certified ceilings without the hassle of upkeep and with all the comfort of knowing that this is a worthy – and visually-appealing – investment for your ceiling needs.
With years of knowledge, experience and expertise, installing a new home theater ceiling for your next renovation can be as easy as meeting with us and discussing prices and installation.
Visit Laqfoil for more information and to get more out of your home theater ceiling design with stretch ceilings.