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I've just painted the front half of my ceiling matt black, has it made a difference - well the color was neutral before, so it hasn't had any impact on color balance but has significantly reduced the reflected light I used to get. Now I'm off to buy a black area rug to stop the sunburn from the grey carpet.

Sonnie, I went to get a roller from Home Depot yesterday and discovered a cloud painting kit. I liked Alans idea but knew you couldn't find anyone in LA that could spell mural. Take a look:

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Hmmm... 25 bucks. I like the pair of feathers for 4 bucks...

I could start a business at 2 bucks a feather. We have hundreds in our goose pen every year.

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post #55 of 99 Old 07-08-06, 09:53 AM
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Hi Guys,

I have a dedicated room, it is a Home Theater and that is it, well maybe with a bit of music. The room was an odd extension to the house and iradicated the back garden, it has a factory at the back (party wall), an house converted to offices on the left and a builders merchants on the right. As of a weekend/evening there is no one arround for at least a 100yrds in any direction, it is also at the back of the house and the bedrooms are at the front two floors up, so no chance of disturbing anyone. It had a roof light and a pair of patio doors and that was all for windows. It was an L shape to start with. Converting to a rectangle of good proportions (i looked at room ratios and picked a close one) gave a kit area and refreshment area (with the patio doors). The ceiling and external flat roof needed re-doing anyway so a inch or so lower hit the ratio and got rid of the rooflight. As such an excelent room for a HT with fully controled light. I run a CRT projector and when a film is showing the room is completely dark, i don't keep any lights on at all.

We've painted the main walls and ceiling with a nuteral flat matt grey paint. A guy (Gary IIRC) ages ago on a news group i was on got Dulux to match Kodak 18% grey to a paint colour (6000N in the UK, maybe the same US) which is the ceiling and all of the walls. Its a very recessive colour that dipps to black without light on it.

A neuteral flat black would probably be the most ideal, but i've seen black rooms and they are quite opresive and i wanted a room that was good to be in.

The carpet is a very deep pile grey/black mix without any paterning, it has a hessian underlay which is very sound absorbant.

Seats are two laz-y-boy matinee black leather cinema style recliners for the front row and three red cinema style flip up seats at the back.

The boxing and carved panels make quite a feature and these are also painted grey, but will end up with some darker grey and black highlights for a stone like effect that is also picture friendly.

You do not really want bright / strong colours as they will affect the picture, you can adjust for some tint if you grey scale calibrate, but the less you have to compensate then the more acurate your end result will be.

You can also increase your perception of contrast ratios by shrouding the screen in a deep black light absorbing velvet, a few inches around the screen can really make a difference from what i've heard (yet to get that far).

Http://www.the-dreaming.com - Should prove you can have a stunning room, with inviting decor and still be movie centric !

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post #56 of 99 Old 07-10-06, 05:11 PM
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The darker and flatter the better! It all about not detracting from the immersive aspect of theaters. No outside noises or lighting will be tolerated! I know going all black is a tough pill to swallow. Most darker colors, especially the red-based colors go black in the absence of light, so that's always a good choice.
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Most darker colors, especially the red-based colors go black in the absence of light, so that's always a good choice.
It's helpful to remember that a theater in use can have an significant amount of light in it. The screen will illuminate the entire room during bright scenes. Be cautious about the use of red as a dominant color in a front projection theater. How rich the red and where it's used are important. Richly colored room surfaces can contaminate the image being projected if enough light reflects back onto the screen during brighter scenes.

There is a tradition in theater decor that rich red velvets, carpets and velours impart a sense of excitement, luxury, and departure from life's mundane normality. This tradition began in live performance theaters. Such methodology was intended to provide enhanced enticing escapism for the weary masses. An audience inspired with awe and wonder prior to the performance was deemed better prepared for the main attraction. Many of those classic "palace" style theaters were later converted to film exhibition houses. The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) didn't mature until decades later.

SMPTE's human factors research over the years has developed standards and practices in theater design for optimum motion picture image and sound performance. What one sees in practice in commercial theaters or photos in home theater magazines may or may not be representative of imaging industry recommended standards and practices. A well-integrated, holistic, system design philosophy will adhere to the SMPTE standards. THX certification was one attempt at providing consulting services and quality assurance to the film exhibition industry. All of THX, Ltd.'s certification programs today are founded upon industry standards and solid engineering theory and practice.

Dominant colors in a home theater should be neutral to nearly neutral. Vivid or rich colors and reflective surfaces should be limited to use as accents and with knowlegable discretion. Conventional interior decorating philosophies can actually diminish home theater system performance when it comes time to use the room for its intended purpose. Home theater viewing environment design is not "business as usual."

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Well Alan when I started this off I believed I was going in the right direction with my grey walls/ceiling/carpet and charcoal diffusers.
I've recently painted the first half of my ceiling matt black (a boxed in RSJ makes a nice transition) and put a black area rug down in front of the screen. I'll get some before and after pics posted.
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What got me started on this was seeing the 'industry' giving awards for creative designs - but destructive from maximising audio and video performance.
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I think part of the equation is balancing what you want ( a dedicated, kick-butt HT) vs. what you can have (a wife/gf who still loves you and gives her 2Cents) vs. cost. You really have to balance it all out. Do you need every ounce of perfection out of your HT, or are you going to be happy with a 70% perfect room that still makes your local theater look like Sesame Street? Some people want the very best and spend a good part of their lives and fortune seeking that. Paint isn't too expensive, but I have seen some ugly, ugly rooms that are great for the cinema, but for entertaining. Like everyone else here has said, stick with the flat, darker colors. See how you like it. Keep making changes like you are, but keep it realistic.
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Still waiting for the drywall to get completly finished but we picked up the paint for the room, black and a dark maroon
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