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1990's Theater Re-Model in VA

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I have a room that is about 26'x12' wide. Bought the house with the wood paneling in it. I am taking this down and painting the walls dark red/maroon. Any suggestions for Ceiling color? Thought black may be to dark and really make the room feel small.

I also have speakers in the wall below the screen. Right now there is a paisley wallpaper there. What should I do here? Paint maroon as well? Different color?



Equipment:
Projector: Epson 5010
Screen: Da-Lite PermWall 110"
Receiver: Had Harman Karmon AVR-2650 but it wasn't working for me so I'm still up in the air
Speakers: Klipsch Synergy F-20
Games: Xbox 360, PS3
Edited by crakerhead - 1/10/13 at 8:13am
post #2 of 26
Paint it black! Your goal is to minimize light reflection. Any dark matte color will be fine but black is easy.

The trick, I think, to keeping the room from being too dark and feeling too small is adding lots more light sources. A larger quantity of smaller lights is much better for this than a small quantity of large lights.

I would try to put some minimal absorption below the screen/behind the speakers. Unless you want to showcase the speakers (nice wood veneer?) I'd make that black too.
post #3 of 26
Did you buy the house with that stage and projector already installed?!
post #4 of 26
A black ceiling actually makes the room feel bigger because it's makes it harder to discern depth. +1 for black here too.
post #5 of 26
I've seen many enthusiasts use rich red colors, deep purples, and dark greens, browns, and blues. Simply put, the darker the color, the better you'll be able to maximize the contrast of color with your video source and mimic a movie theater. If this isn't your priority, there's certainly no harm with going with the color that suits your style the most!
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by crakerhead View Post

I have a room that is about 26'x12' wide. Bought the house with the wood paneling in it. I am taking this down and painting the walls dark red/maroon. Any suggestions for Ceiling color? Thought black may be to dark and really make the room feel small.

I also have speakers in the wall below the screen. Right now there is a paisley wallpaper there. What should I do here? Paint maroon as well? Different color?

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you should embedd those images into your post, not as attachments....that is so early 2000's forum like!
(you are a 400+ poster, surely you know how to do this?)
Dark is best on ceiling as mentioned here already, mine is dark brown.
post #7 of 26
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thanks for all the replies. My work computer wasn't allowing me to embed the photos.

Yes, I did purchase the house with the stage and projector. Unfortunately the projector was from the 1990's so I had to remove that. That was not fun! It probably weighed 70+ lbs!

The room also had a prebuilt rack/closet and built-in dvd storage.



Underneath the screen wall was speaker holes/covers. I am also removing the 90's wallpaper.


I like the idea of dark with lights so I'll have to play with that idea.

I am going to start the panel removal in January and painting. I will post more pics along the way. thx again!
post #8 of 26
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Should start teardown and painting/drywall in couple weeks. This is just a few more pics to add to give idea of what i'm dealing with...

Zombies!


Changing old to new for sconces, from Lowes



Blackout Curtains from JCP


Epson 5010


...and this was a christmas gift from Stargate Cinema

Edited by crakerhead - 1/10/13 at 8:10am
post #9 of 26
I can't believe you got rid of the CRT. wink.gif Hopefully you had some help getting that down. I tried taken down an old Barco 800 by myself not too long after moving into our house. It didn't go real well.
post #10 of 26
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lol it was tough! I brought our big trash can inside and had it underneath. I very carefully stood on a ladder and unscrewed each bolt that was holding it to barely leave it hanging. after that i took one bolt out at a time while balancing the projector with one arm...not easy when on a 6ft wobbely ladder and holding a 75+lb projector...

next thing...BOOM!! dropped and sounded like a car wreck in my house!
post #11 of 26
Haha, that's pretty funny. I'm surprised you didn't try to resell it. Guessing you could have got at least $5 on Craigslist. Was that an Electrohome?
post #12 of 26
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I believe it was. It didnt work at all.
post #13 of 26
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any suggestions for recessed lighting?

Right now you can see that the current ceiling lights are enclosed.

Was thinking this... http://www.lowes.com/pd_250865-3-70658_0__?productId=3431946&Ntt=recessed+light&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Drecessed%2Blight&facetInfo=
post #14 of 26
I like the LED lights. I've been replacing my recessed lights as they burn out with a brand from Home Depot. The one thing to check is the color of the light. A lot of LEDs (and CFLs) are going to be too blue and quite harsh. Look for something under 3000k, 2800k - 2900k is usually a good range. Under 2700k can be really green or yellow, though I don't think I've seen LEDs under 2700.


Edited by BllDo - 1/10/13 at 8:45am
post #15 of 26
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Today was a productive day. Got the LED kit from Lowe's. It will be 6 in total. Expensive but it will pay off in long run with efficiency. They look awesome and I'll be adding a dimmer switch.
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Drywall teardown starts tomorrow. Decided on color, Red Theatre from Sherwin Williams. Nice matte finish, dark red.
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post #17 of 26
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just bought one of these on Amazon, looks like it'll be comfy for floor seating. May buy another if it's nice. I already have 5 Black Leather Power Recliners that I haven't posted pictures of, yet.

post #18 of 26
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Drywall is starting to come along. Was delayed 2 days because of rain and now we have snow!. Couldn't bring drywall from store because only had a truck. Pouring rain in Richmond for 4 days straight. You can also the one of my speaker frames for under the screen. Have new speaker cloth coming.







It's not much snow but it's good enough.
post #19 of 26
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popcorned the ceiling yesterday and added some trim. The trim will be painted Black. Popcorn is hard to see but it looks nice.


We also got the ceiling painted today, flat black
post #20 of 26
Have you already finished installing those Sylvania LED lights? I was going to install those same lights in my room but I bought one and found that it would dim but it would make this high-pitched squealing when it did so. Check that out! I switched to another brand.

edit: haha, I spent days *removing* the popcorn from my ceiling. Different strokes for different folks, I guess!
post #21 of 26
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The lights went in just fine and I haven't had any issues. They are super bright and with the dimmer it is nice. They are certainly worth the money considering they are 9 watts on full blast! With all 6 turned on, that's less than one 60 watt bulb.

Yeah, at first I didn't like the popcorn but I think it adds a nice dimension to the room. The black ceiling doesn't show it but so much.
post #22 of 26
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I'm going to be putting up about 5 posters on the walls. What do you'll think about different sizes? I have some that are 22x34 and some that are 27x40. Should I just get matching sizes for everything?
post #23 of 26
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Paint is coming along nicely. Should be finished with color today. You can really see just how bright the LED's are.


post #24 of 26
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Painting started over the weekend and it looks great! Thanks to iPaint Richmond. I used Red Theater from Sherwin Williams. The second picture is the dvd rack, it will be Red with Black shelves.

post #25 of 26
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Room is now complete! Looks great. I haven't put everything in room yet but walls/ceiling/bookshelf are done.








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