Originally Posted by dominguez1
Dominguez, that room looks awesome!! I'm surprised at how bright the room looks even with the dark colors on the ceiling and walls. Does it really look like that or is that the flash?
I'm considering going darker on my walls and ceiling (more just the walls right now and leaving the ceiling white) but I don't want a bat cave either.
As you can see my side walls don't match the front anymore since I re-painted a dark gray on the front wall. I'm thinking about going a shade or 2 lighter gray on the side walls.
Thanks for the compliment! Believe it or not, I did not use a flash with those pictures. I did need to set it to the right setting to make it 'bright' like that, but the lighting is representative of how bright the room is with all the lights on full blast.
IIRC, the biggest difference in PQ occurred when I painted the ceiling a dark grey,the walls a dark brown, and a dark colored rug below the screen (IOW, the dark rear wall helped isolate the picture, but wasn't as effective in controlling reflections). I think you could do something similar and not make it look like a bat cave. If you did your walls and ceiling a dark color, and then left the all the trim (all surfaces except the wall and ceiling) a white/cream color, and then put in white/cream colored crown molding, add some other lighter accents with frames, etc., I think you could pull it off. In fact, to get the majority of the way there, you'd probably just have to paint the portion of the ceiling right above your screen to kill the light reflection, and get a rug (the walls would still need to be painted). I think the bat cave effect is primarily caused by the dark ceiling.
Your room is a lot more functional then mine, so you have more tradeoffs obviously, but I think you could definitely pull it off. I just love the dark brown walls...it adds a 'richness' to the room compared to other colors, IMHO.