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post #121 of 129 Old 10-02-2013, 10:30 PM
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That's why OC users like me know they can come here and get good information about their OC questions. I'd rather ask now before I set up the room than to later regret NOT painting the walls darker colors, etc.

On the other hand, if it's not going to provide a benefit, I might not go to the trouble and expense.

Unfortunately for me, airscapes' point about this being HT is exactly right. This is the only HT I'm going to have for a while because the $$ I had put aside for a HT remodel is going to help a family member in financial need. So if I can enjoy my viewing experience better for a year or two while I'm saving up (again) for my remodel, then it's worth it to me to do some painting.

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That's why OC users like me know they can come here and get good information about their OC questions. I'd rather ask now before I set up the room than to later regret NOT painting the walls darker colors, etc.

On the other hand, if it's not going to provide a benefit, I might not go to the trouble and expense.

Unfortunately for me, airscapes' point about this being HT is exactly right. This is the only HT I'm going to have for a while because the $$ I had put aside for a HT remodel is going to help a family member in financial need. So if I can enjoy my viewing experience better for a year or two while I'm saving up (again) for my remodel, then it's worth it to me to do some painting.

Thanks,

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Kevin, I did not mention expressly but you want to eliminate reflection so if using paint, you want flat paint. Problem with paint is the more pigment that is added to make it dark the more reflective it can become. Not to the point of damaging the image the screen but you can still see the light bouncing off the wall (more a projection thing than direct veiw for sure). Black velvet it the cats meow for projection but more expensive and harder to use, a darker neutral color of paint is way better than light colors.
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+1 On the flat finish. We used flat Valspar premium flat in Cracked Pepper, which is a very nice, dark black. We choose a satin finish for the other three walls, which are painted grey. I see reflections off the one side wall that are fairly annoying. I'll use flat next time for sure.
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+1 On the flat finish. We used flat Valspar premium flat in Cracked Pepper, which is a very nice, dark black. We choose a satin finish for the other three walls, which are painted grey. I see reflections off the one side wall that are fairly annoying. I'll use flat next time for sure.
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I haven't taken any, but I'll try to get some this weekend whenever I get a break from moving my daughter's family to their new place. (Yay!)
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Please excuse the crappy smartphone pics.

In the first pic you can see that there's very little reflection off of the black walls even when using the flash. Color is Valspar Cracked Pepper, flat finish.



This second pic shows both colors. The greenish tint I was complaining about in the grey isn't apparent here. Maybe it's my imagination? This is a satin finish. I'm going to use flat in the next room.


The display really does seem to float in space in the darkened room.


I'll be moving the system back to the basement man cave sometime in the next few weeks. I have been cleared by the home design chief to use the same black paint throughout, but I get the impression she might prefer something a little lighter--which is why I'm looking at greys for some of the walls.
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Reading this thread makes me slightly worried that my newly-purchased Epson TW7200 with white 108" 1.0 gain Projecta screen (both still in their boxes) will be wasted in the basement of my (also newly-purchased) house.

The room will also be used for other things than HT so painting everything completely black isn't an option. However, the wall-to-wall carpet is black and all the walls are a medium grey. Ceiling is white, though (and I have complete light control).

As I said, the room just isn't going to be transformed into a batcave, but padding the first meter or so with black satin/similar fabric is definitely doable, if it will have an effect.

Considering that the room is 4.5x6.8 meters and the screen is mounted on the shorter wall, do you think adding black fabric on the first meter of wall and ceiling will help reduce reflected light to any significant degree?

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Reading this thread makes me slightly worried that my newly-purchased Epson TW7200 with white 108" 1.0 gain Projecta screen (both still in their boxes) will be wasted in the basement of my (also newly-purchased) house.

The room will also be used for other things than HT so painting everything completely black isn't an option. However, the wall-to-wall carpet is black and all the walls are a medium grey. Ceiling is white, though (and I have complete light control).

As I said, the room just isn't going to be transformed into a batcave, but padding the first meter or so with black satin/similar fabric is definitely doable, if it will have an effect.

Considering that the room is 4.5x6.8 meters and the screen is mounted on the shorter wall, do you think adding black fabric on the first meter of wall and ceiling will help reduce reflected light to any significant degree?

Cheers.

The whole room does not need to be black. That black carpet will help you pretty well already.
I just pained the part of the wall with the screen and few feet around it a matte black. Rest of the walls are a darker greyish/brown. It surprisingly does not make the room batcave like with the lights on but it does extremely well in the dark.

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As has been said the most crucial area is the space closest to the screen.

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