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post #11 of 25 Old 07-15-11, 07:11 PM
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Re: HowTo Choose Colours for a Theatre

This is a great post, Prof. Nice to have some insight into an aspect of the build that is an afterthought to many but which, when handled with some care, can really impact the overall appeal of a room.

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Thanks SGA..

Hopefully it will be of some help for those who are just starting their build, or will be later..

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Yes colors can cast onto the screen in certain situations.esp directly above the screen ,this is why you don't want a white ceiling. it will reflect back the projected light,and it could wash out the screen, Different colors reflect light differently , some will cast back a blue tint , and others will cast back a reddish tint. As a general design rule it would be ideal , to use dark neutral browns, and blacks. But if you browse, photos many people ignore the basic guidelines for color selection. always use flat paint , not even eggshell , it will reflect more light. I prefer to only use two colors in a design . a light , and a dark . but never more than three. FYI - I work full time in Interior Design and construction Designer

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Re: HowTo Choose Colours for a Theatre

Actually the best colour for a theatre is a dead flat grey..Any cast onto the screen area will not produce any push of a particular colour.. but not everyone wants grey walls..

I noticed in your photos that you have quite light walls, has this been changed since you put up your screen?

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Re: HowTo Choose Colours for a Theatre

Yes, the WAF is the MOST important calculation for some of us!
You can use online color wheelsto find complimentary colors (or even entire color schemes)! I've found this calculator to be VERY hand with web sites, BUT it is equally as useful for choosing colors for ANYTHING! This would allow you to pick colors that would be pleasing to the eye and match; thus, significantly increasing the WAF! =)

You can find a very sophisticated (but easy to use) wheel by Googling "color scheme designer"

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Re: HowTo Choose Colours for a Theatre

Anyone have experience with "matte" paint rather than pure flat paint? My natural reaction is to simply go with the flat, but paint store says matte might be slightly better for a house with kids.

Thanks for any advice.
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I took some satin on a board and tested my side walls for that very reason. It was not as good as flat but not terrible. The biggest items of concern will be ceiling, front wall, and floor near screen.

I would prob still go with flat after seeing the result if paint is the choice. An extra can or two of paint can is not that pricey and can always be shaken and painted back over for touch up.


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Now that I think about it. I did end up using the satin on left, back and right walls after the test. You can see some pics on my build of wall splash. Granted I'm not finished and the side wall will have some more picture based sound treatment and flat painted columns and trim.

I really haven't noticed in the dark during a movie.

I used Sherwin Williams satin.


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Re: HowTo Choose Colours for a Theatre

Thanks for the insight. Satin from Sherwin-Williams is exactly what my wife was suggesting for my wood columns and the wood trim around the screen, as she didn't want to "hide" the nice woodwork. I'm in agreement...but I didn't want to impact my picture.

And you're right, I'll probably just test and see what happens -- paint is relatively cheap in small amounts!
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If on wood they sell a better paint ment for trim that has a satin/egg shell sheen. It really is the best on wood paint around. It won't show brush marks. Make sure it's not their pure latex based. They will know if you tell them trim or wood. It really is nice stuff. I would make sure there is a barrier between the screen and the wood such as a velvet trim.


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