Originally Posted by bonjovi
Thanks for the info MM.
The "theater" was put together rather hastily in order to celebrate my daughter's 1st birthday. The colors are not exactly what I wanted but was able to do the darker carpet and darker walls in the theater portion.
Not a bad design for a "Quickie". I'd be glad if I had even some of that waiting for me with some of the things I get hit/faced with!
A couple of questions:
1.) What would a high gain mid tone gray be? Would that be silver in color in regular light? I am ok with whatever the experts (you guys) suggest.
Yep...a light, Silvery Gray....very attractive...so much so you'll have to be careful to watch out for people wanting to check it out. Believe it or not, even with a big 'ol PJ hanging down, you WILL have people ask you where the 'ell you got a Plasma TV that size. It's a given...lemmie tell ya!
2.) When you say the columns need to be painted or covered in material are you saying JUST the sides of the columns up front by the screen area? There is about a 3" between the column and the indented screen area. Look at this pic and you can see it slightly. There is a 3" indent, then 3" across and then the side of the column:
No worries. Only surfaces that are directly at right angles to the Screen, and up very close need to be considered.
It looks like you are saying that indented area needs to be changed and the side of the column? Or the whole column? And are you also talking about the columns in the middle of the room? This is going to be a tough sell to the wife as it was her idea to go with that color. I knew this would become an issue.
Hey! It's all looks spendid! Unless you want to have a room absolutely dedicated to "Theater" viewing, color schemes have to come into play. Yeah, a dark shade of Gray, or a Blue about 4x lighter than the Ceiling would have been better, but getting the WAF on your side only helps out for some things YOU will insist on later, I'm sure.
The other option I was thinking about was curtains that hide the screen when not in use but hide the entire column area when in use. Of course we will still cover the indented sides.
If you go for a CIH set-up, Short Throw Curtains that would only have to come inward to Mask the unused Screen area to each side when viewing 16:9 is all I'd suggest. When retracted to each side, they simply become a cosmetic attribute.
Also the columns appear white in the pictures but they are actually a light gray. Same with the ceiling. I was half expecting to have to repaint the ceiling in the area as well but figured I could do it in steps.
Dangle this Carrot before your Bunny. Go with a 3x darker shade of that Gray on the Soffit Ceilings only, but also use that color to highlight all the Room's Trim (...leaving the inside Panels on the Column the lighter Shade...) and also the Wainscot Paneling and Baseboards. THAT would look very elitist and extremely decor minded. I'm betting the Wifey will actually appreciate the Two Toned approach. Another Option....do the Soffit & all the Wood Trim within the Theater area in a 3x - 4x lighter shade of the Star Ceiling Blue.
3. I purchased that sprayer that you posted on another thread. I don't know how much it will help me but I thought I'd let you know. Do I spray the entire thing? No rolling at all?
If that wall is pristine and smooth...absolutely spray it all. But Rolling on a good Primer Base ain't something you need to shy away from if your rolling skills ain't all that bad.
4. What am I painting? The wall? The laminate? Or something else. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! The wall is new but not professionally done. I'm ok at this stuff but not an expert.
Well...using a Smooth substrate effectively takes any "Wall Finish" concerns out of the equation PLUS...You would have to do NO Priming!. I'd use Sintra 1st. Laminates are more fragile by a great measure, and difficult to work with, and if you get Sintra, both sides are viable candidates.
The Sintra would stick right to the Wall using Liquid Nails too, no need for Contact Cement. Or it could be screwed to the wall and the Trim overlaid on top the excess area that receives the Screws. The latter will necessitate that you reduce the Size of the Screen a bit though, whereas Gluing will allow you to butt the Trim directly against the sides of the material I try to do that whenever I can.
5. As far as a custom paint, I'm assuming you are suggesting that because you see something that I can benefit from over the regular formulas. That being said, I'm pretty good at most handy jobs but I am a painfully slow painter and I've never used a spray gun before but how hard could it be?
Not hard at all...and that's why I advocate it so strongly. As a application method, it excels at allowing even a rank Noob to garner a finish that simply is superior to any rolled application.
Mostly, my suggestion would be centered around your getting an appreciable amount of Gain as well as giving the Panny a nudge into "Mo Bedder" Blacks across the entire Gray Scale. As long as we/you keep the Throw Distance close enough in that Lumen output is optimally high, you can go with a moderate shade of Gray that also has 1.2-1.3 Gain and have everything you want/need. Great Colors. Brilliant looking Whites. Interstellar Blacks. And more than adequate Ambient light view-ability.
The theater is just one portion of the room. The other use of the room is as a recording studio. The purpose of having chairs in the middle was so that folks could listen in on music and sit down or do karaoke, etc. However, i was planning on running two very long velvet curtains down the sides to block off the theater when in use from the rest of the room. This was going to help with the light but unfortunately won't do anything for the less than ideal sound situation. I am also hoping to find an inexpensive motorized solution for this but no luck just yet.
Now all "Curtain" business makes great good sense and changes up a lot of need for concern...except "budget-wise" of course.
As for Sound, if you choose wisely...and that should be well within your domain and experience to do so, I don't see many issues that can't be accommodated for.
And just a few other thoughts, this is a work in progress and I didn't even plan on getting the theater stuff started for a while. I wish I was able to have made everything exactly how I wanted it but I had to compromise and make the best use of the space. Thanks for both of your suggestions.
Sawright...and as I said, you've done just fine so far...no need to make any talk of "I wish I could'a....". In the end, owing to what you already have shown and are planning, you'll have a exceptionally nice Room. Anyone who points out any deficiencies after your done???....don't ask 'em back.