I'll weigh in as well. As a CCC I feel I'm actually obligated to do so. Right?
My first choice is for the Obsidian, and here is where I split with the crowd, Noche would be my second choice, then the Stonehenge, finally the Claret.
I can see your concern about a see of black, but I think that there will be enough relief with the other elements in the room, or you could simply go with one of the lighter carpets to help break that up.
The African Mahogany even in the buff looks fantastic, the grain structure is simply beautiful.
Looking forward to seeing that incorporated into the build.
This is a Deco Theater. You know that the selected carpet is a Persian tribal motif?
In low lighting, you lose your depth perception with black (and everybody's eyes aren't as good as yours), so I would recommend against the obsidian, Listen to J_P_A on the beige. In this pattern, my vote would be for the claret. But then I like red for a Theater. The Paramount Theater does have some red, but predominantly green, but I don't see any Mahogany. I have oiled Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) floors that have aged to a deep Mahogany colour (what your Mahogany would go to, if unstained) and a Mahogany Dining suite. I have a Oriental carpet with a green field colour like the stairs in the "Metalwork between main lobby and balcony lounge" picture. They go together. "Complimentary colours"
You have chosen Mahogany. What is it about the wood that you like? The colour (at what age/colour and finish???) or the grain? I usually suggest to pick a wood that is naturally the desired colour, because stain can do some funny things to the final appearance. Sometimes it enhances the grain if the stain is subtle, but more often it hides the natural beauty of the wood. You are using "African". There are several African species sold as Mahogany, so make sure any solids are the same or similar species or the stain will have to be adjusted for one of the woods.
Anyways, it seems that the Mahogany is the key element. I would narrow down the final colour of the wood before looking at specific carpets. When you have a carpet that generally suits the wood, you can always tweak the wood colour for fine tuning.
If it is the grain that you like, do what ever you want to the colour and in this case you could pick the carpet first.
I found a carpet at last years IIDEX show (like the Chicago Interior design show) that I said, "That's the carpet for my theater". I've just looked through the brochures and can't find the manufacturer. They were supposed to send me a sample, but didn't. Here are two red carpets from your supplier that would accentuate the red of the Mahogany and go with the black(?) chairs.
Are you doing wainscoting or just a chair rail? ...what colour is below the chair rail? If it is mahogany, you'd want a complimentary or contrasting colour above, not more red, for the panels. If it is not Mahogany, but paint, I'd make it darker for the weight and lighter above. I seem to be into the greens lately...very calming. Calming is good.
The green carpets in the Paramount are interesting, but not what I would have thought of as Deco...are they reproductions?
My vote is for Obsidian. I have light color carpet in my theater and I wish it where darker. I made due with a large area rug for now. I think there is a chance that you may regret a light colored carpet but i could be wrong.
Ooof this is a tough call. I looked at these yesterday and couldn't make a decision so I kept my mouth shut. It's not much easier today, but I prefer the Obsidian. Maybe I'm partial because my HT carpet has a black base and I really like it, but the Obsidian is my favorite. All of these options are nice though...I don't think you can go wrong with any of these.
Thank you to everyone for the feedback - I'll have to take it all in and absorb a bit later...but for now I introduce to you baby boy McG born March 28th over three weeks early and after a prolonged labor.
Mama and baby are doing fine, but it will be a slightly longer than normal hospital stay. So I will be offline for a short bit to take care of my family, but thought everyone would like to see that progress has been made . . . just probably not the type you were expecting! Have a blessed Easter holiday everyone! Edited by TMcG - 3/30/13 at 2:39pm
Many thanks to all for the congratulations. Admittedly, sleep has been at a premium around these parts but I hear it gets better in a few weeks, so here's hoping!
I had a chance to take in everyone's comments on the carpet / wood / fabric samples and I think I will be sticking with my original choice of Obsidian for the carpet unless something else comes along that really sparks my interest. I ordered a large sample of Obsidian and a smaller free sample of the same Charming style in the Claret (red) color just in case I go that direction and need a sample for color matching.
For now, my smaller Obsidian samples are off to Virginia, along with a bunch of my African Mahogany veneer, to produce a number of different stain samples. As of right now I am thinking of a honey colored cherry primary stain color for the veneer and a darker Walnut stain for the solid moldings to break up the monotony of all one color. I wish I had Mario's rendering program / talent / skills to help work things out!! Here's the color I am thinking - kind of a darker honey color:
And I also ordered a handful of fabric samples from TK Living just last night. Once everything is in-hand I will post photos of everything laid out together. More construction pics should be coming very soon as well since I have now completed all of my "honey-do" list for other parts of the house. I'll post pics of that as well when I have the chance as "Proof of Progress" that I have been working my tail off every spare minute outside of activities around our first born.
As a side note, before selecting African Mahogany as the wood for this theater's finish carpentry I briefly looked at another wood called Ancient Kauri which are, quite literally, trees that have been perfectly preserved in New Zealand peat fields for 50,000 years with the tress themselves 1000 to 2000 years old. Interestingly, these trees actually have LEED certification since they are essentially "reclaimed" wood. Here's a short video showing their extraction process. At the end you can see how these trees dwarf a semi-trailer.
The really cool thing about the Ancient Kauri wood is that minerals from the peat field infiltrated the grain of the wood over the course of 10s of thousands of years, causing an iridescence known as "whitebait". I have a handful of veneer samples of this wood in my possession and the effect is really cool. Video really doesn't accurately capture the impressiveness of this iridescence in real life, but here is the best video I could find for those that are interested and have a minute to kill.
The veneer stock was surprisingly competitive with many of the upper-end wood veneer species commonly available which is why I was taking a look at it. But the cost of the solid stock for moldings would absolutely blow the budget out of the water, so that's why I moved on. Really cool stuff, though.