Painting the walls for home theater.

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by RobertC, Dec 5, 2004.

  1. RobertC

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    I want to paint my living room.I would like to know
    what color people use for a home theater room.We
    watch are movies in the dark.Hope someone can help me.

    Regards
    Robertc
     
  2. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    Hi Robert. I'm going to move your post over to the fourm where people with dedicated HT rooms hang out.
     
  3. Brad E

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    I painted mine a dark grey, almost black. Looks very good and more importantly minimizes light reflection.

    I would have done the ceiling too, but I'm going to be selling my house soon and not everyone wants their basement to be a dungeon.
     
  4. Martin Stepetin

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    gray oh my walls are white would you say thats the worst color for a theater or what do ya think.
     
  5. ScottATL

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    If its in your living room, I'd go with a dark earth tone, like a deeper tan. I have a color called Portabello by SW in my bedroom and which is 2 shades darker then what is in my living room. If I had it to do over again, I would put it in the living room, and leave the more neutral color to the rest fo the house.
     
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    Unless I had a dedicated HT that was used for nothing but movies, I would not paint it any dark color such as black, dark grey, navy, or burgundy--all of which I have seen in HTs. My HT is painted in a camel color, but I also use it as a family room at times.

    The best home theater I have ever seen was paneled in a light wood with very nice beige sound proofing here and there. It was stunning.

    As long as you can control the ambient light that enteres your HT, I don't think it is important what color you paint it (though some may disagree).
     
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  8. Phill O

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    You can get what is called a neutral density grey color. Some people recommend this to "help" get the best color from your TV. You can get a color card from Kodak, the number escapes me. but you can try some photo merchant web site.

    This is taken from takegratepictures.com
    http://www.takegreatpictures.com/glo...ult.asp?page=G

    GRAY CARD

    Also known as the “Kodak neutral test card,” a gray card is an 8" X 10" (20 cm by 25.5 cm) card, about 1/8" thick, that is uniformly gray on one side. The gray side reflects precisely 18% of the white light that strikes it (corresponding to the calibration of a reflected-light meter). It is uniformly white on the other side, which reflects 90% of the light.
    See also:

    I can't seem to find a merchant that sells this right now.

    Something to think about anyhow.
     
  9. Jack Ferry

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    I went with a flat burgandy for my dedicated HT, mainly because I found a 5 gallon bucket of it for $5.00. (I checked the "Oops" bin at Lowe's for months.) While I agree that keeping out ambient light is important, the dark paint helps if you have a projector that creates alot of non-screen light. (Most do.)

    Since it is a living room, you probably don't want the bat cave look. Why not consider a dark paint on one wall (your screen wall) and a lighter complimentary color on 2 or 3 other walls.

    Are you using a projector or something else?
     

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