What color for ceiling?

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  1. Steve U

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    Getting close to decision time. Looks like I've settled on drop ceiling tiles, but I plan to paint them with a light coat from a Wagner Power Painter to make them "disappear". The question is, what color? My walls will be burgundy, carpet pretty close. I have boxed out a duct that runs down the center of the room, so it won't be all tile, but I can't decide between matching the color of the wall, or using a flat black. The tiles, track, and boxed-out duct will be the same color, but what color? Any advice?
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    Steve, I painted the ceiling in our home theater dark Burgundy. The walls are a burnt orange, the trim is a cream color and the drapes are gold. the carpet is also cream with gold specs. I went with dark colors so when the lights are down low the theater is much darker.
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    Butt ugly flat black. At least you'll have the ideal color for home theater. Of course, if I were painting the room I'd probably have most of the room black. Picture quality does come first afterall... [​IMG]
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    I painted my HT 18% neutral grey including the ceiling, but with a matte black wall where the projection screen is mounted. The grey ceiling is far better than white which it was before, but I am about to go "matte black" for the ceiling (will leave the walls "as is"). First and foremost, to make it completely "disappear" during movies. Dark grey reflects a lot more light than I would have ever imagined. But also to be a better background for the black finish track lighting I am installing as the next major upgrade to the room.
    I've been in a lot of HT rooms with various color schemes and have found those schemes with a matte black ceiling to be the most effective. With the proper lighting (for intermission and other times when the movies aren't playing) :>) the effect can be very dramatic and pleasing as well.
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    My GF has matte black on her bedroom ceiling (don't ask me why) with an off white/cream color on the walls. When the lights go off, even with a little light coming in from the windows at night, the ceiling disappears. Its really hard to imagine just how a little lighter color will reflect that much ambient light. I would say go with a flat black.
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    Here's my plan.
    Because I do not want to paint my ceiling I am going to use black felt to cover it. What I am going to do is buy the felt in 3'x10' lengths. Attach the felt to 10'x1/2"x1/2" piece of wood trim (painted black). I plan on letting the felt droop down an 1" or 2 from the ceiling in between the 3' spaces to give the ceiling a soft pillow effect which should look nice and promote some additional sound absorption. My room measures 12'x10' so I will build 4-3'x10' panels. The panels should be light enough allowing me to use drywall screws and attach them directly to the ceiling with minimum damage to the ceiling itself.
    The felt is $2.99/sq.yd. and the wood trim is $1.10/length. All-in-all the cost should come in under $50.00. I am going to build one run and place it to see how it looks this week before I do the whole room. If it looks the way I am picturing it to, it should turn out really nice. We shall see.
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