She continues: “We consider both the aesthetics and the acoustic properties – so, for example, higher quality speakers may not be to every client’s visual taste, but can be hidden away behind fabrics, and built into walls without disrupting the visual impact of the room. A large fixed viewing screen can be hidden by heavy curtains that motorise out as the film starts, the projector can be concealed inside a ceiling hatch and descend only when required, while lights can be designed to dim to a soft glow as you settle in to your favourite movie. And all of this controlled through the latest touch-screen controls or iPad… so all you have to do is chose the film, the friends and press play.”
There are of course all sorts of ways to decorate your cinema room. And perhaps the most important element to get right is the seating. A Google image search on home cinemas throws up a lot of leather and chrome – which can look a little ‘bachelor pad’ and impersonal. If that’s not your style, search out some warmer modular seating, such as the informal and slouchy, yet super glamorous Voyage Immobile or Mah Jong sofas, both from Roche Bobois.
Or go for minimal black, but with soft curves and panache: B&B Italia’s sexy Tufty-Time sofa by Patricia Urquiola or silvery glamour of the Charles Sofa by Ascension Latorre, pictured above.