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Hi:

With drywall finishing next week it is time for me to make color selections.
The soffitts will be painted black. The color we chose is Sherwin Williams tricorn black.
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_i...tricorn_black/

The ceiling will be painted Sherwin Van Dyke brown
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_i...an_dyke_brown/

The screen will have black GOM around it.

I need feedback on the wall colors. Rest of the basement will be
Sherwin Williams Amazing Grey. We were thinking paint home theater walls with the same color.

Option 1
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_i..._amazing_gray/
I always suspected that this color looks darker on the monitor than it really is.

Option 2
Intellectual gray
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_i...llectual_gray/

Option 3 Anonymous Gray
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_i...046_anonymous/

Here are my pictures for these color painted on a white drywall.
Picture take in garage with doors open





Picture take with close garage and lights on. My garage has windows so there was still some sun light coming in.


Can I get your opinion on option 1,2 or 3?

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The general consensus is to paint the theater as dark as possible, so with that in mind I would say option 3, Anonymous Gray. You could always paint some accents the same color as the rest of the basement to tie the two spaces together, if you like. I'm no interior decorator, I just saw that on HGTV one time

Although, I'm having a little trouble seeing it all tied together with your color selection for the ceiling and soffits. Could you put a swatch of the brown on your test panel there to give an idea of how they compare next to each other (maybe down the middle so we could see the colors next to each other)?

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Here are pictures of color swatches
With a light on in my office

With window open but no lights on
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Hmmmm. I see your predicament now. There might not be enough contrast between option 3 and the brown. Are you planning to hang any acoustic treatments that would add another color?

Just based on the color chips I'd vote for the lightest color, but that's a no-no in the HT.

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This is exactly what I am struggling with. I do plan to add some acoustic panels. I will make sure they introduce color.
Perhaps I should choose option 2 as it is a little darker than the option 1 and still different enough than the ceiling color.
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Maybe you could use two colors with a chair rail. The light color on the top half would be partially covered with panels and the bottom half could be the dark color?

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I think you should go with dark as possible.
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I like that Intellectual Gray. I also like sherwin Williams proper gray. Can u guys look at proper gray and tell me if I would see any purple when I paint it???

http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_i...3_proper_gray/
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I don't see any purple on my iPhone, just a hint of blue (ever so slight) looking straight on and then more brown at off angles. Of course, who knows how an iPhone's display is calibrated?

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Thanks. Yeah the iPhone might be a little brighter. I think that proper gray will look good with white trim
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Can you help us explain why you are painting the soffits black and the ceiling brown? I'm not sure that those two will go together really well, so why not paint the ceiling and soffits black and introduce color by way of the wall treatments and trim?

Is this a dedicated room?

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Can you help us explain why you are painting the soffits black and the ceiling brown? I'm not sure that those two will go together really well, so why not paint the ceiling and soffits black and introduce color by way of the wall treatments and trim?

Is this a dedicated room?
Personally, I think they go together well, but I'm a bit biased:



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Brad,

You are not biased. I saw your room and liked it. I ran the color choices by my interior designer and gave 2 thumbs up.

I talk to another friend of my who is architect and he also said these two color work well together.
Final approval was received from my wife. So I do feel comfortable in these two colors together. I am struggling with the wall colors.
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Brad - Despite reading over your build thread a number of times, I never realized that your ceiling was brown. I guess I haven't seen those particular colors together before (or never noticed that they were together). They look great together, so ignore my ramblings.

Carry on!

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One gotcha I just ran into with paint color selection:

Choosing a color based on the Sherwin-Williams sample paint on [bare] white drywall is going to be misleading. Once you finish the drywall (tape/mud/texture/skim coat/prime/paint), the wall color will be different than the sample.

Just an FYI. I'm no expert, but I did experience this difference just last week. :-)
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kentd98

Thanks for pointing this out.
I guess the best way to test is get paint samples and paint them on tape/mud/texture/skim coat/primed wall.

How different was the color? Did it get darker or lighter?
It seems to me that nothing about building the home theater is easy :-)
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Here are the samples I painted. From left to right: essential gray proper gray amazing gray and intelligent gray. So far I am torn between essential and amazing. Sorry about the bad lighting and iPhone 4 camera! What do you think?
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See attached. The sample board is the one splattered with mud. It is plain old papered drywall that I painted with SW Sample paint.

The wall was existing drywall that was:

1. Skim coated to even out existing swells/dips and uneven texture.
2. Primed with drywall primer.
3. Textured (light orange peel).
4. Primed with 50% tint primer.
5. 1st top coat with satin paint.
6. 2nd top coat with satin paint.

The color is SW Beach House and the color is definitely richer and somewhat 'darker' than on the sample board. The change in tint from the sample board to the final wall color is definitely noticeable and, at least from my perspective, is an improvement from the sample board. The sample board had a 'flesh tone' quality about it that I did not care for. The final wall color lacks that 'flesh tone' quality and is a more neutral beige/tan.

The sample boards were useful in choosing between various colors we had picked out, but it does _not_ match the final wall color.

ps i did not take the photo with an accurate color balance setting. it was taken under a halogen par30 with my Canon T2i set to 'Daylight' mode.
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Just a cautionary note: I went for SW flat tricorn black on the ceiling. It's pretty shiny and not that black. My walls are "red theater".

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Snurf,

Thanks for your warning about SW flat tricorn black. Did you end up not using it?
My builder is pushing Sherwin Williams Cashmere flat paints in my basement. I was only thinking of doing it on soffit's with tricorn black but I will have to tell him that I cannot do shiny paints.
I have heard good things about Home Depot Behr Mouse Ears.

I wish there were universally accepted flat paints that we can pick from.
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Brad - Despite reading over your build thread a number of times, I never realized that your ceiling was brown. I guess I haven't seen those particular colors together before (or never noticed that they were together). They look great together, so ignore my ramblings.

Carry on!

Thanks CJ =) Its kind of hard to tell its brown anymore, unless the lights are pretty high, so understandable if you couldn't tell!

I also had "too shiny" experience with my ceiling paint - after several coats of Valspar paint, it wasn't very flat to my eye; I added a couple coats of Behr paint of the same color, and it ended up much flatter.

A lof of people have had good luck with the Mouse Ears too, if you want black. There was also a comparison thread between different types of black paint, if you're really in search for the darkest / flattest possible.
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Yes, I'm still using the SW black (the picture above is only a week old). I might repaint with mousears if it bugs me while using the theater.
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red theater looks more like hot pink.. judging by the photo..

mattblack would of been a better with a v thatch.. for room, high gloss sheen paints should be avoided at all cost to much glow blow back from pj..


you need paint to absorb light not reflect it...

to be honest, i think sticking paneling on the ceiling is a waste time and a waste of money as nobody look's at your roof when ya watching a movie...
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As much as my wife would love for the walls to be hot pink, i think the picture might be a bit deceptive. The work lights are very blue and it's a bit over exposed. The color is pretty red and dark.
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Snurf,

Thanks for your warning about SW flat tricorn black. Did you end up not using it?
My builder is pushing Sherwin Williams Cashmere flat paints in my basement. I was only thinking of doing it on soffit's with tricorn black but I will have to tell him that I cannot do shiny paints.
I have heard good things about Home Depot Behr Mouse Ears.

I wish there were universally accepted flat paints that we can pick from.

For my ceiling I tried samples of Behr mouse ears, SW tricorn, and Ben Moore flat black. The least shiny was the Ben Moore which is what I went with for my theater in the pic below. I don't recommend putting it on walls because it leaves marks f you touch it.There's still some reflections off the ceiling but it's pretty minimal. The only way to improve it further is to use black velvet or fabric.

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Thank you so much to all of you for taking the time to respond.
I was able to show some of the pictures and your comments to my builder.
He is fine with allowing me to use any black paint I want.
Most likely I will end up using Behr Mouse Ears as it has been used by so many folks.
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I am back with my new set of choices.
Soffits will be painted in Behr Disney Mouse Ears
The ceiling and walls in the theater will be painted in one of these 3 colors.
Please vote
1 for French Roast
2 for Sable
3 for Java




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I don't care for 3, and I like both 1 and 2. On the test board I like 1 the best, but I wonder if it will look black in a dimly lit room. That is, will you be able to tell it's actually a brown in the theater. The pic from brad's theater looks like he used a lighter brown that looks much darker when the lights are down.

Anyway, I vote 1. Final answer

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I vote French Roast ceiling with Sable walls.
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I vote French Roast ceiling with Sable walls.

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I wanted to vote for two colors, too . i thought we had to pick one!

All kidding aside, if you do go with two colors, I would agree with Supermatch. I think the darker color on the ceiling would look good with the lighter on the walls!

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