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I have a 24x17x7 basement with white popcorn ceilings and dark brown wood panels. I'm looking to put a 120" fixed frame screen in there with a projector and darken room to dedicated home theatre standards. Can I just leave the color of the wall and ceiling the same? I want to spend as little as possible and be able to revert the room back to a regular type of living space. I dont have a problem painting any of it. Here is the image attached below: Please advise





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I am no theater room expert, by any means, but I do work in a lot of them and have seen a lot. If that "7" number in your explanation is the ceiling height.... then you are going to get a lot of light bouncing off of it from both the projector and the screen. What about darkening it a little (something that would go with the paneling), but not getting too dark. That might help a little, but with a low ceiling and a white color... you are going to see a lot of light up above. That's what I have seen. Since you want the ability to change it back to regular living space... you may not want to go too crazy. My .02 worth.

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Paint the ceiling black or the darkest flat color you can stand. Buy some cheap black fabric (Dazian) and tack it up to the ENTIRE front wall behind the screen with thumb tacks. You will need to evaluate whether you can put up with the reflections off the side walls and if they are a problem think about tacking up some more decorator fabric.

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What about tacking the fabric on the ceiling too, since he would rather make it easy to convert it back easily?

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Paint the ceiling black or the darkest flat color you can stand. Buy some cheap black fabric (Dazian) and tack it up to the ENTIRE front wall behind the screen with thumb tacks. You will need to evaluate whether you can put up with the reflections off the side walls and if they are a problem think about tacking up some more decorator fabric.
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Since it is a popcorn ceiling you might get butter stains on the fabric.
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I don't think fabric will work well on the ceiling. It'll hang down wherever there's not a tack.

Paint the ceiling. Can be un-done in two hours with a can of Kilz and some ceiling paint...


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Wow! Some fast advice here smile.gif

Yes the ceiling is 7 feet high. I don't mind painting the ceiling a flat black. Not too hard to repaint it white if I decide to re-convert it back to regular space. The front wall actually has a short set of windows that expands across the wall (pictured below). I was thinking maybe to throw something in there and then maybe cover them to make sure it's dark and more insulated, followed by some of the black fabric you guys recommended. What do you think? I'm really not worried about what happens to the wood panels (paint, holes, etc.) since I can just patch it if I ever decide to re-convert it. Its actually a garden apartment (of a jumbo 2-Flat) which I chose to keep for an entertainment room. I live on the 1st floor above it, and rent the 2nd floor. I not a big basshead, but i'm also wondering if those wood panels are going to vibrate, and also if it will bother my tenants upstairs. If I ever do move out (and keep house), or sell the property, the basement should look presentable, and rentable smile.gif

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OK... this is worth a verbal thumbs up. That was pretty funny!
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Since it is a popcorn ceiling you might get butter stains on the fabric.


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I just noticed that butter post. Funny **** smile.gif
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