Wall & Ceiling Color Opinions please

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  1. Kyle C

    Kyle C Auditioning

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    I have heard to stay away from white with FP and go as dark as possible...yet I see many theaters with light colored walls and white ceilings. Sooo...what is everyone's opinion?

    I won't go as dark as navy blue, but close to it...yet is this necessary? I'd rather make it lighter and make the room feel bigger (it's 19x11x7), as long as it doesn't jeapordize the experience.

    Are dark ceilings necessary? I see even more white ceilings than light colered walls. Again I'd like to stay light.

    What about baseboards and trim? Can those go white?

    Thanks! I'm painting soon.
     
  2. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    People with white walls and ceilings apparently don't care about video performance that much [​IMG].

    Ideally, you'd want all black, flat black. in fact, more than that, dark black fabric for total light absorption.

    Since this is not usually a popular thing, you should try for as dark and un-colorful (as close to gray as possible) a color near the screen. Like most things, if your room is for things other than just watching movies, there will be compromises, and this will be one of them.

    What FP setup will you have? this may also dictate judgement about how serious you are about the PQ. If you have a really good unit, you'll probably want to go much darker in the room, especially near the screen. If you're just throwing in a decent entry digital, then meh, it's probably not that huge a deal anyway.
     
  3. Frank Zimkas

    Frank Zimkas Supporting Actor

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    Sounds like a decent plan, though I'm not sure about the felt. Are considering putting it behind the screen or next to/around the screen?
     
  4. Rutgar

    Rutgar Second Unit

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    Many of the pics you see with white ceilings are actually gray. I'm using "Granite Gray" on my ceiling. The walls are burgandy on the upper portion, and forest green on the lower portion. When contrasting against the walls, the ceiling looks white. But when the lights go down, the ceiling "dissapears" because it's actually grey. White walls reflect WAY too much light for a Front Projector.

    - Rutgar
     
  5. ChadLB

    ChadLB Screenwriter

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    Kyle,
    Take a look at my setup. My walls used to be white and painting that off blue color helped alot. I wish I could chang e the colors of the tiles on the ceiling but the other half says no....
     
  6. Kyle C

    Kyle C Auditioning

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    Thanks for the help. I am going with the Sony HS20 14 ft back from a Da-Lite High-Power 106" diagonal screen. Thinking of going with a shade of blue on the walls, slightly lighter on ceiling, with white baseboards. I think I will use eggshell on walls and semi-gloss on trimm. Possible black felt behind screen once I see how it looks with the blue. Any thoughts?
     
  7. Neil Joseph

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    I merged your two threads into one.

    My personal preference for the front wall is a flat black, no matter what colour you decide to do the rest of the walls and ceiling...

    [​IMG]
     
  8. John Menoni

    John Menoni Stunt Coordinator

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    I am planning on using a hunter green color that is not too dark. The wall where the screen will go will be a dark grey or black color to help with the video. The ceiling is a differnet matter. I too don't want the room to feel to small. I am stumped when it comes to a color for my ceiling.
     
  9. Curt Luther

    Curt Luther Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi...I am just putting the finishing touch on my HT room and I went with Dark Ash for the walls and Evening Hush for the trim and door. Those colors are from Home Depot and Beher Paints. I also installed a flat black drop ceiling with black grids. I know it sounds like alot of gray and blacks, but if you want minimal light reflection you should go with dark colors. I put in a cranberry wine color carpet for some color in the room.
     
  10. RogerMt

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    I'd second Neil's opinion. I used 12' of 118" wide Black Double faced "Commando" cloth from Rose Brand. It's stretched over a floor to ceiling frame on my front wall. The wide width fabric creates a completely seamless black background that gives the illusion that the screen's floating in space. ANY projected image from any source will always look brighter/better/have more "pop" against a black background. It's no accident that most movie theaters have a black backdrop behind their screen.
     

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