My theater is going to be on the move soon. I've got a Visual Apex 106" Fixed Screen, Epson 8700 UB, AV Rack, and a 5.1 System.
Going from a 13.3' x 12.6' room to a 19.3' x 9.4' room. Totally excited! Still renting, but my new landlord is very flexible.
Here's some facts I know about the room:
1) Hardwood floors. I will be looking into getting a black shag rug that will cover the whole floor and deaden the sound.
2) Only one window to block out in the rear of the room.
3) Wall paint is Satin Eggshell white. Ceiling Pant looks flat, but will have to confirm later. It could be satin of some sort.
4) Ceiling is average height. Screen will probably be a foot from the ceiling.
I can probably see myself living there for 2-3 years.
My landlord said that I can go with any color, but I won't have to repaint it if I were to choose a medium-hue "Warm Almond Brown" color. Landlord said if I go with any other color, then I may have to repaint it if he doesn't like how it ends up. I haven't confirmed if I can paint the ceiling the same color or not, but probably can.
1) Paint the walls (and probably ceiling) with a flat warm almond brown color that is approved by landlord, and go with the darkest hue. Never have to worry about repainting again. If landlord still wants the ceiling a white color, then with this option I'd have to find a flat off-white to match. Will this alone cut the glare? My experience is that the ceiling is the biggest reflector.
2) Screw painting the walls. You have lots of curtains you can hang. I actually have enough rods and curtains to cover most of one side right now. Paint the ceiling only, but it might have to be the same color as the ceiling is now, which is a soft-white color, but flat. I can look into other colors for the ceiling with him if it can be other than white (which I think it needs to be).
3) Paint it how you want it. Dark upon dark. Worry about repainting back to white when you leave in a few years. Hang them curtains still.
As far as paints, I keep reading bad things about Behr Flat Enamel (it still reflects). Not looking to spend hundreds with paint, but I do want something that is "decently" durable, but keeps reflection to the minimum.