Sometimes the best place for movies is your living room. Not everyone has the space or desire to have a dedicated “theater”. Multi-function rooms are one of our specialties because we do not let the technology take over the space. Not only can we hide the equipment, but we know how to tune the room and equipment for optimum sound. We hide the TVs until they are needed, and we make it all easy to control. Again we take advantage our our unique blend of interior design and engineering skills to create maximum enjoyment and keep your living room livable.
The Main Room
So how do we balance design and function? The da Vinci blend of science and art makes for the best solutions. We don’t want to talk about amps or remotes at the beginning; we want to know if you enjoy playing pool or throwing darts. Beer or cosmopolitans? Cheese or chicken wings? This tells us all the non-A/V items that need to go into the room and what will not fit in the space. Once we can lock down the desired functions, the form can follow. We take into consideration everything involved, and make your entertainment experience look as good as it sounds.
“An interactive customer knows why I made every decision and that it was based on their input. I am happy because they are pleased with the result. That’s because they know the room limitations, budget, acoustics and aesthetics have all been considered in helping them achieve their dream.”
Owner and CEO, Harmony Interiors
The 500 Pound Black Box in the Corner
One of the biggest points of contention in designing a living room surround sound system is the subwoofer. That warm low end that fills out both music and movies is integral to great sound. However, most subwoofers are large, bulky and unattractive boxes that take up a lot of room. Not to fear: Some well known speaker manufacturers have spent lots of time and energy in engineering in-wall subwoofers, that perform very well with a low impact on the decor of the room. Many times the grills are paintable and since low frequencies are non directional, you can even put a plant or the like in front of the subwoofer without losing sound.
Perhaps the in wall subwoofer isn’t an economical option for you, or there’s not enough wall space to incorporate one. We also have creative ways to hide the subwoofer inside a cabinet, closet or another space in your room so that it is concealed and doesn’t interfere with your decor. Here are a few decorative and hidden ways we have concealed subwoofers:
In Wall? On Wall? Free Standing?
Are we still talking about speakers? The considerations for speaker placement and style is also important to design. One consideration is that in room speakers will almost always out perform in wall speakers. Again the size of free standing speakers is a space and decor consideration. It’s a matter of taste and preference. Would you like your speakers out of sight? Would you prefer to have speakers incorporated into cabinetry or shelving. If the speakers look nice, would you like to see them, but not have them be the focus of the room? We take all of this into consideration and have numerous creative options to get just what you are looking for without compromising sound quality.
We have speaker grill designs that disappears into your wall and ceiling with ease. The grills are paintable, so that they can match whatever wall or ceiling color you have and they blend in perfectly.
There’s also the option of making your speakers into artwork themselves. The best placement for listening, is to have the speakers right at eye level. Unfortunately, that’s also where we all like to put our art work. Why can’t they work together? You don’t live in a boring black box, why should your music? To find out more about artistic audio click HERE—>
Getting the Equipment Out of Sight
Who wants to see a bunch of wires and equipment in a living space? We find ways to keep the equipment out of sight and fully functioning with a low impact on decor. It can happen with the proper planning and prep, and we take the time to do just that. But wait, how will I operate it if I can’t see the equipment? We have solutions for that as well. Most remote controls operate with infrared signals that depend on line of sight. So one way to fix this is to have an IR sensor that senses all of the remotes and tells the proper device to function. But it’s even better with only one remote that handles all of the functions in your system and operates via radio frequency. That means it receives signals without having line of site. Operate it from anywhere and don’t worry about pointing at anything.