Originally Posted by jkovats
Just curious if anyone does not have a black/dark painted ceiling and what kind of results / differences you see than those with dark coloured ceilings.
My intro theatre, more so a family room will be more of a family room. Translation, I will not be able to sell my wife on a dark ceiling.
My wife was skeptical. I was a little nervous too since this is a dual purpose room like yours, but we took the plunge. Color is a medium gray-brown with some red in it (1002-9C Soft Rabbit Brown flat). 8' smooth ceiling.
We were both amazed
at the result. The room looks larger
with the dark ceiling! Rather than the feeling of a heavy overhead (that "cave" feeling) that everyone expects, the ceiling seems to disappear. That is helped, though not caused, by recessed lighting - there is no direct light on the ceiling.
What would really make it feel close in the room would be dark walls with dark furnishings. We went quite light on the side and rear walls - a kind of light salmon red (2002-6C Spring Linen eggshell) with cream (7002-4 Foggy Skies satin) trim. IMO the light walls don't interfere at all with the picture, but to be fair we're using a high-ambient technology - LCD rear projection. (The room can easily be made too dark for the picture.) There's good screen contrast since the front wall is a dark red (2002-5A La Fonda Antique Red) that is also used on a rear door as an accent color.We recommend that you don't go for black
in a dual-purpose room. You do want dark colors on the ceiling and viewing wall, but let the overall color plan dictate the exact dark colors that you use. Plan on four colors - main wall color, main ceiling color, trim color, accent color. They should all inter-relate through a base hue. Get with your wife to coordinate the colors. (That should hook her.) Also try to find pictures of well-lit rooms with dark (not black) ceilings for her.