Thanks for all the input. Here are some responses to the comments.
First, and most dramatically, I'm considering wall color that changes subtly around the room - leaving the front as dark as possible, gradually work to a lighter color in the rear,
That is a pretty cool idea, however I am sure a lot of work. I might keep that in mind if I choose a new color for the walls.Acoustical Treatments
I do not have any yet, the only Acoustical Treatment is the backwall behind the screen and speakers. I need to make some AT Panels for the walls which was part of the impetus to get input here. I did not want to continue the same color (lack of) scheme to the AT panels.Staining the trim/columns
My original plan was to stain the columns, however I did not pay close attention when I bought the sheets of wood and somehow got multiple types mixed in. I hired out the stain work and after I came home it was clear as day that there were at least 3, maybe 4 different types of woods with varying degrees of grain. It looks pretty bad. In a pinch I decided to just paint over it.
I hired the work out because my own attempts at staining some scrap left me dissatisfied, so sad as it may seem, this is outside of my own skill set. Pretty sad since other than the staining of the columns which was money down the drain, the carpet, and mudding the drywall, a friend and I did the entire job.
Maybe I will leave things alone for now until I can hire out staining and column reconstruction to a more talented craftsman.
The columns themselves are pretty ugly, they are larger than I had wanted but I as small as I could to fit the surrounds. I am not sure how so many of you got away with sexy slim columns. Of course that may just be the room scale throwing my perspective off.
BIGMouthinDC - The middle section of each column is GOM, the creamy color for the rest was color matched to the GoM to achieve that effect. Should the GoM section stand out from the rest of the column or blend in?
As for dying the carpet. I had never heard of that until I saw the Resale thread. I will add that to the list of options but must convince my wife that its a good idea first.
dc_pilgrim - Patterns and Prints on AT fabric? I did not know that was an option. Definitely will look into that.
mtbdudex - I have an SMX AT 2.35 screen. The speakers are behind it. Three little Axiom speakers and a HSU sub. The back row is about 2 feet from the back wall, however there is a decent amount of space in the corners between the two back columns and the corner. About 2 feet from the corner.
There is a big open space across from the door , I couldn't even take a picture of it because it was such an expanse of black my camera could not focus. I will likely mount a Mr.Slim on there (Anyone have luck painting a Mr.Slim case? Or used an LG Art Cool?), but apart from that its a big open area. I probably should have added a column there but wanted symmetry with the columns and since the door was on the other side I would not have had that.
Based on all the advice I think the following are my best bets:Curtains
- Those did make a huge difference in the theater pictured. Especially with a screen wall as bland as mine.Acoustic Treatment Panels
- With color, patterns or prints. Maybe Bass traps in the back corners.Columns/Trim
- Change the color or redo and stain.Sconces
- Get new ones, or frame in existing ones.
Thanks for all the good comments.
mtbdudex - I lack star wars toys, all of mine were sold by a half brother at a garage sale. Anyways my wife is trying to cure me of my collector habits or at least limit them to movies. My retro game collection was starting to overtake the movie shelves so I had to choose between the two. The movies everyone was able to enjoy, but no one shared my sense of pride at having a sealed version of Panzer Dragoon Saga.