Originally Posted by R Harkness
I used the black fidelio velvet only for the areas I mentioned (screen wall, floor in front of screen etc). However, I also use dark brown velvet curtains to the side of my screen. Those curtains pull out along the side walls to cut reflection from the side wall.
My ceiling was also done in a dark brown felt to cut reflections.
It all works really well.
Looking at your room, if you still find your black paint too reflective, it would be good to
use black fidelio velvet for the side walls near the screen - maybe between 3 to 6 feet along the side walls (depending on your room). The easiest and the nicest looking way to do this is simply put up some curtain rods on the side walls near the screen. Hanging black velvet curtains can look nice, and cut reflections, and if you want when watching a movie you can pull them further out along the walls to create even more of a "black box" around your image. The more visible information you remove around the image, the more immersive and cinematic the experience.
You could also do like I did and make a sort of "stage area" in front of your screen with the black velvet to cut any floor reflections. You can just use flat boards running the length of your floor underneath your screen, and maybe 24" to 36" wide, wrap them in the black velvet. I think you'll find as I did that not only does this cut any reflections from the floor, and make the area beneath the screen "disappear" during movies, but it also adds a sort of cohesive design element. In many set ups, like yours right now and mine when I began, it looks a bit thrown together: a big screen, and speakers placed on the floor around the screen. But when you do something like create a "theme" of black around the image, and extend that out to the floor area somewhat, the speakers can sit on that black stage area. Then everything looks much more deliberate, designed, neat, tidy and professional instead of "guy who bought some equipment and threw it all together."
And it not only makes the theater look better with the lights on, it makes for a more pure looking viewing experience with the lights off watching movies.
Just some ideas....
If you are interested, you can click the second link below my name to see my construction process.
One more thing: You could also put black velvet on a portion of your ceiling to cut reflections. That will definitely improve things even more.
The only thing I'd mention is that, strictly speaking, it's hard to find any typical velvet that is safety-rated for use on ceilings, in terms of fire ratings. This is not a subject I ever see people discussing here. When people want black velvet on their ceiling, they just buy some and put it up.
But I had pot lights etc in my ceiling and I knew I was employing lots of fabrics, so I wanted peace of mind, hence I made sure everything was rated for how I used it. FWIW...