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Home automation and design tips for 3 distinctive home cinema setups

If you’ve ever spent an hour deciding what to watch on Netflix, which sports event, or how best to play through your favourite game then you’re not alone. The responsibility of picking the right mood for the specific group of people watching is not to be taken lightly. The movies, sports, games, and series we choose to watch are important, but the way we enjoy them is arguably even more important. Flourishes – such as dimmed lights and design elements can really enhance your entertainment experience.
Home theatre setups can be either mundane or extraordinary, and as custom home cinema installers, SimpliMation caters to both audiences. If you’re striving to create memorable moments for years to come, then consider these 3 distinctive home theatre setups. We’ve also included some automation tips for integrating your home automation system, so you can really get the most out of your entertainment room.

Remember: if you can dream it, SimpliMation can automate it.


When Hollywood goes to the movies, it’s a big event. Why not add some of the glitz and glitter of tinsel town to your own home theatre setup? To capture that Hollywood feel, consider these design features:
  • Stadium seating
  • A curtain that dramatically opens when the movie starts
  • Accent lights that point down on the walls
  • A projector setup (rather than flat screen)
  • Posters and collages of your favourite blockbuster movies on the walls

Automation tips:
  • Have the curtains open, lights dim, and movie start with the press of a single button on your universal remote (check out the Neeo remote)
  • Have your movie pause automatically for any “distractions” (such as a ringing doorbell)


Who says home theatres are just for movies and sports fanatics? Gamers are fanatical about their setups, and the possibilities that home automation has to offer can take gaming to a whole new level. Here are some examples of ways you can optimize your gaming room:
  • Video game controller dock stations attached to each seat
  • Multi-screen setup
  • Accent lights that point down on the walls
  • Wide armrests, reclining backs, and footrests
  • Set the lighting and décor to coincide with your favourite games

Automation tips:
  • Program the sound to switch between background music and game audio with the press of a button
  • Connect seamlessly with your home internet for online gaming
  • Set lights to automatically come up when you pause the game


For the avid sports fan, a home theatre offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in your passion. With the right setup, you can feel like you’re actually there, at the big game. Whether you’re throwing the ultimate Springboks vs All Blacks game, or you want to be able to watch several games simultaneously, here are some ideas for creating the ideal home sports-viewing experience:
  • Emulate the sports bar, with multiple flat screens, bar stools, and sports memorabilia
  • Put up large murals of your favourite sports stadiums
  • Give it a man cave feel with a bar, or a pool tab
  • Incorporate plenty of counter space (coffee tables, small tables, etc.) for snacks and drinks

Automation tips:
  • Automate your lights to flicker or create a colourful effect at the press of a button, when your team scores
  • Allow family members to access your media library from anywhere in the house (so they don’t have to watch sports if they don’t want to)
  • Broadcast multiple games on multiple screens

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