Originally Posted by Childerj
Yes, I painted the front wall, ceiling and soffits flat black. Dark Grey between the colums and a light grey on the columns. The main purpose was to keep the screen glare from the front are of the theatre.
I went round and round on the carpet. I thought about going very dark to lessen the screen glare but in the end aesthetics won out. I also I do like you idea about the velvet. My only concern is the stage will get some use and I am not sure how velvet will stand up to the traffic.
Thanks for the comments and I will take a look at your setup.
I'm not saying you need to use black velvet at all. Just a dark black carpet.
Not only would it help with reflections, but in my opinion (hey, that's what we are here for!) aesthetically it would look better. Precisely because you've made a little raised stage area, you can treat it with a different carpet and it would work, essentially making it look more cohesive and fully designed, whereas right now you have the light-carpet-with-black-speakers-plunked-in-front thing going.
I myself went back and forth on this issue, starting with all the floor the same color. But inevitably, to my mind, you get the "I've bought a bunch of home theater components and shoved them together" vibe, when you see speakers around the screen. You've already been very neat and discrete they way you built in your L/Rs so cleanly, so it's a bit of a shame to lose some of that tidiness by having your center and subwoofer sitting so visibly under the screen. If that stage area were black, they would blend into the stage area and it would all look more coherent, IMO. You can find examples of people who have done this in various home theater build threads on this site.
Here's an example of the darkened stage area from BigMouth in DC's theater - a room everyone on this forum seems to love:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post10450143
I only say this because of the way you've gone so far toward that goal, and because the fact you built a separate stage area gives you that easy opportunity to treat the end of the room like a fully coherent whole.
I'll leave it at that since it's just my opinion and of course we all have our own sense of design. Either way, your work already looks really excellent and you should be proud!