I've been lurking here ever since I put the original screen together in the first part of the year. Recently I've decided to start over from scratch, paint and all. I tend to finish things slowly. I've asked various questions in various threads with various amounts (thanks!) of very helpful information. Having too many questions and not wanting to take over threads or spam the hell out of the already-overly-generous know-it-alls here, I decided to just make my own thread and let it live or die depending on interest and effort. Anything you want to tell me or suggest would be appreciated, even if it's really mean and condescending or whatever.
I've got three pictures of the theater room (living room) that I think will give a decent idea of what I'm working with. Room is about 20 X 14, two windows (one blocked by screen, other blacked-out). Stairs on opposite end of blacked-out window and dining room through doorway behind pictured sofa. Pictures:
This is from the entrance to the dining room. The stairs are to my right. Forgive the mess. Screen is about 105", so let's say 100" after the trim and all. Note the couch angle for later...
Here is the room from further up the right side, my back to the stairs. You can see the projector on the far-left media shelf and the screen on the right. Projector is a Panasonic PT-AX100U until I can save up enough money to do this whole process over again. Room gets even messier, I know.
Lastly, a closer shot of the unfinished screen. It's basically a pine frame painted black and reinforced with metal brackets. BOC is stretched over and stapled. Nothing fancy yet.
This is the first time I've uploaded pictures of this sort, and now I understand why most all the other shots I see look so amateurish and grainy. Forgive the lack of quality, please.
So my basic plan is to construct a typical frame of velvet-wrapped trim and paint the screen one of the two popular mixes here. I've got the much-loved gun and the velvet is on the way. Trim can easily be obtained. Depending on what mix I go with, the paints will also be easily had.
My first and obvious question is which mix I should choose. Having read both threads and various others, I'm inclined to choose Silver Fire for the boost in perceived contrast and because sometimes my roommates aren't willing to kill every light. If I ran the calculator correctly, I'm sitting somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-25fls or lamberts or whatever. Controlling the light isn't really the biggest issue, though; this is used for movies 90% of the time and if I had to choose between deeper blacks and video games in the daytime, I'd go black, black, black. I can't really paint any of the walls, sadly. Perhaps there is an ideal middle-ground. I'm sorry that this question has surely already been posed by many before.
Another thing I'm not sure about is the viewing cone. I understand what it means, essentially, but not exactly what happens when one falls out of it. Is the couch pictured above beyond, say, 30%? Should I be considering a new furniture arrangement? Which mix is better with the viewing cone issue?
Lastly, my frame. I have this wild hair to build the frame away from the screen... that is, what if I were to mount the trim on strips around the image, causing it to 'float' on top, much like a shallow shadow box? Were I to wrap these strips of 3" or so in velvet as well, would this be advisable for any reason?
This is already way too long. Thank you, if you've read the whole thing, and thank you even more if you have any answers to my questions or just thoughts on things I could improve beyond 'tidy up'.