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Multi-functional spaces: How to achieve a cinematic experience in your living room


Media rooms are a popular way to create a multi-use living space that doubles as a cinema by installing smart features. Especially in city living, basements or space for a dedicated cinema room are rare. In this post, we will be looking at how you can transform your media room into an at-home cinema experience.
Smart tv integration in a liv. project.

Media Room: Invisible features

As your media room may also be your main living room space, it is likely to be important that the technology installed is as hidden as possible so as to not disrupt the aesthetics. Amina Invisible Speakers are a great option for incredible sound quality that are totally hidden. These speakers are installed in the ceilings (or behind walls in some cases) and become totally covered so they are invisible, without compromising on sound quality. They can also be linked into smart home control systems, such as Savant, so they can be multi-use to play music and radio, while also providing the sound for your cinema set-up.
The key feature for your cinematic experience is the display. You may choose to have a large TV display on your wall as part of a media wall, or you may prefer to have something more discreet. Nowadays, there are a variety of ways to disguise a TV screen, for example as a painting (such as Samsung’s the Frame), or you may want it to physically be hidden and controlled by hydraulics to  rise from a designated space when in use. Future Automation create panels that rise and lower at your command to cover your display screen, meaning it is totally hidden when not in use. For those after the most true to form cinema experience, a drop down projector combined with a hidden projector screen may be the best option. This way, unless in use, your chosen room remains intact as a general living space, and can transform at the touch of a button. However, a TV display is the best option if you don’t want to spend on an extensive lighting and shading system as TVs are not affected by light in the same way a projector screen is.
Large automated blinds add to the cinematic atmosphere of the space.

Media Room: Lighting & Shading

The right lighting and shading will play an important role in making your space feel like a cinema. Ensuring all light can be blocked out is key, and is easily accomplished with automated blinds that can be controlled from your home smart control system. 

Your lighting system needs to be versatile. The room will need more light than a dedicated cinema room, but with a customisable system you can achieve the same cinematic effect while maintaining regular day room lighting as and when you wish. 

Luxury living room by Steinway Lyngdorf

Media Room: Seating

For the ultimate cinema experience, recliner chairs are ideal. There are many options to choose from that don’t compromise on the aesthetics of your living space. Sofa’s that transform into recliners are a good option, as you can benefit from both in one. 

Media Room: Smart Control

Smart Control can help turn your media room into a cinema almost instantly. As well as turning on your audio-visual system, you can also adjust lighting, shading and climate from the comfort of your seat. 

Using pre-set ‘scenes’ (a set combination of actions that the one push of a button will implement) you can program your media room to transform using just one touch.

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