As our country prepares for the impact of COVID-19, and words like ‘quarantine’ and ‘self-isolation’ have now become part of our vocabulary, undoubtedly, we will all be spending a lot more time inside.
The Plunkett team are standing by to bring you our best tips on all the ways to make your home an exclusion zone you’ll never want to leave.
Let’s start with the temporary new ‘heart of the home’, the home theatre.
If you’re finding yourself with extra time on your hands and gravitating to the couch to binge TV shows, here’s our advice on how to do it in style.
The best home theatres are places where you can truly escape and immerse yourself in the movie or series you’re watching. With that being said, locating the theatre far away from the hustle and bustle of the main living area is your best bet, with the option to close the door to completely enclose the space is an added bonus.
Sunken floors finished with plush carpet are nice to have too, and a recessed ceiling add to the luxury and grandeur of the space. Or you could go all out and have a two-tiered seating arrangement with a stepped slab in the theatre for that bona fide home cinema experience.
While we’re talking all things recessed, don’t forget about the TV! Having a dedicated recess for the TV or projector screen makes the room feel orderly and well-finished.
There are a myriad of home theatre lighting options available, such as star lights and trough lights added to ceiling recesses, but dimmable downlights topped the list when it came to our team’s preference.
With your windows, less is more. Highlight windows are the perfect way to achieve some natural light and ventilation while minimising the impact of the glaring afternoon sun affecting your viewing experience.
If you’re not interested in doing things by halves, then drop curtains on tracks going around the perimeter of the room are great not only for noise reduction but also give you an authentic cinema aesthetic that could rival Hoyts.
Comfort is king when it comes to a quality binging experience, and we recommend recliners and chaise lounges for optimal comfort. Chuck in a few cushions and a throw rug for when it gets a bit chilly and you’ll be set for those marathon sessions.
In-ceiling speakers – not only do these bad boys save space, but they’re also relatively easy to retrofit. Some of the Plunkett team have installed SONOS speakers into their own homes and say that being able to control the speakers through the phone app is an absolute game-changer, you’ll never lose another remote again! You can buy a basic set up for under $1000 and can add additional features on from there.
So there you have our recommendations on how to build the perfect space to enjoy your favourite entertainment.
Here are some of our team’s binge-worthy series recommendations.
William, Sales and Design Consultant:
A wary CIA officer investigates a charismatic man who sparks a spiritual movement and stirs political unrest. A fictional story not based on true events. [1 season]
Andrew, Group Accountant:
A mysterious stranger tells a man a secret that has a devastating impact on his seemingly perfect life. This Stranger is a woman in her mid-20s with a baseball cap, and is learned to be correlated with more secrets as the series progresses. This secret affects the man's wife who goes missing as a result. [8 episodes]
A sci-fi take on immortality, a former soldier turned investigator must solve a murder in a world where consciousness can be transferred to different bodies. [2 seasons]
A sci-fi mystery set in a quiet town, as the townspeople try to solve the disappearance of a young boy. It’s basically Chernobyl meets Stranger Things. Disclaimer: it is in German, but trust us, it’s worth it. [2 seasons]
The Good Place
If you’re looking for something more light-hearted, the Good Place stars Kristen Bell who mistakenly arrives in the afterlife, who arrives at the aforementioned ‘Good Place’ a highly selective heaven-like utopia created by Michael (Ted Danson) as a reward for her righteous life. The series revolves around her trying to hide her morally imperfect behaviour from other residents while trying to become a more ethical and better person. [4 seasons]
Merianne, Marketing Manager:
Great viewing for all the foodies out there. The series follows chef Dave Chang and his friends eating some pretty ordinary looking (but delicious) dishes from around the world and explores how that cuisine has influenced others and changed over the years. [1 season]
The story of how Ragnar Lothbrok, a Norse farmer with a thirst for exploration, who becomes the king of the Northmen. [6 seasons]
David, Sales and Design Consultant:
"Billions" is a fictional drama that takes an insider look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures - the hard-charging, politically savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king, Bobby "Axe" Axelrod. [4 seasons]
Matt, South West Regional Manager:
Kevin Costner stars as a man who fights to maintain control of his ranch against land developers and an Indian reservation, while also dealing with contentious conflicts within his family. It’s like the Sopranos for cowboys. [2 seasons]
Brooke, Group Operations Manager:
The Bold Type
Set in New York, it follows a trio of millennial women working at a fictional women’s magazine navigating friendships, romantic relationships and their careers. It’s like a more polished and less brutal version of Girls. [3 seasons]
SBS on Demand
Years and Years
OK, this is hitting a little close to home at the moment, but if you’re feeling like getting hooked on grim realities of the possible and not so distant future, we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. It follows a Manchester family through the next 15 years, starring Emma Thompson as a terrifying politician that you will make you almost start forgiving Professor Snape for getting that office tart the necklace in Love Actually. [6 episodes]