Originally Posted by ohcello
Ok so here is what my room will be painted with:
Room 19' x 10' with the Screen towards the narrow end. Ceilings are about 7.5'.Side walls
- 'Kaffee SW6104' Light Reflective Value of 9 - (Dark Brown)
Finish will be Matte (Duration Home, so its very close to a flat sheen)
If it ain't Flat......it will shine to some degree...but that might not happen if you chose the wrong paint solution because at 120" diagonal from 18.5 feet, even with a 1.0 gain surface (Gray or White) the best you'll get is 12 fl. even with a Epson 6500ub.
12 fl. is enough for a dark, dedicated room with effectively chosen room accouterments. (Colors, Lighting, Widow Treatments) But only if all such are in play to best effect.
No you'll need to have a Gray with a Gain of 1.2 or more. But of course that brings us back to the sheen you paint your surrounding surfaces.
Back Wall - 'Sand Dollar SW6009' Light Reflective Value of 58 - (Light Tan)
Finish will be Matte also - Back wall is 19 feet from the screen and 7 feet behind the viewer so not a huge concern.
True enough. But "Tan or Brown" with a Blue?
If I was an "Interior Decorator type" I'd be throwing a hissy fit about now.
But I'm not and
still it kinda grates on my sensibilities having seen so many 'right" color combos.
If you gotta have Tan or Brown, then go to a Ultra Dark Brown Ceiling with matching Trim (Base/Windows in Satin)
Screen Wall - Not sure yet, I might paint the whole thing with some Gray formula for now to test it out, but I will either keep it tan or paint it the dark brown
Your overlooking a great idea your already responsible for seeding. Paint the Screen Wall the same Color as the Ceiling, letting that dark effect wrap down around the Screen./Shade
CEILING - 'Naval SW6244' Light Refective Value of 4 (yahoo!!) - (Very dark Navy Blue) - This will be a flat finish of course.
There has to be a better combo than Brown/Tan and Dark Blue.........
So while I originally was planning on a gray screen or wall, I might just use matte white with my new 'semi-cave' upcoming....
.....again, my only concern with matte white vs. gray is will ambient light still wash out the matte white screen, or should all the dark walls and ceiling cut down on this a good deal?
If you have ambient Light that strikes the Screen...and its a Matte White surface....it will wash it out. The Walls & Ceilings being a correct color / sheen only bespeaks that they will not contribute to the distraction. But allow the light from a lamp or window to enter even a BLACKED out rrom, and with a White Screen, the Screen's image will suffer.
Here's a good suggestion. Go with a Medium shade Bluish Gray on the walls, and use that Dark Blue on the Ceiling. You could consider the Glidden Color "Misty Evening" for the walls. Years ago it was a popular "OCW" Screen paint (OCW = One Can Wonder) just prior to the advent of Behr Silver Screen.
Paint all the Walls with Misty Evening, but mix the Screen wall's portion as a Silver Fire 1.0, pull down the Ceiling Color as a "Trim" surrounding the Screen area, and hit the Screen wall with the image from the 6500ub.
You might just stop there, (...the Screen wall will look Black...believe me...) but adding some Black Velvet surface trim around the edges of the Screen area is a mighty nice touch.
Originally Posted by ohcello
OK, so I just ordered the Epson 6500UB, and this will be ceiling mounted about 11-14' away, zoomed all the way in or close to it for max brightness.... My wall, which i will paint some shade of gray, can handle up to about 120" diagonal with a few inches of space on either side to the side walls and maybe 18" to the ceiling.
Ok...back to the Sheen of the Wall paint. At "...a few inches...."
you had better make those walls as dark...and as Flat a color as you can or suffer the consequences. And there will be consequences otherwise, made worse by using ANYTHING other than a Flat. I can't make that any clearer.
Once again, Intelligent Design can come into play. Besides the Screen Wall, wrap the Ceiling Color down and around the two adjoining Side walls about 4' off the Screen wall. Maybe add an angle where the Top of the Angle starts at 4' and the Bottom hits the Baseboard at 6'. All you have to do is just "Mask" that ultra close in reflected light from the Screen with a really dark, FLAT sheen-ed surface and you can paint those Walls that lie outside outside that area with your Matte or Satin paint of Choice.