Originally Posted by mill1899
I've found that dark cotton velvet works better than paint. I've not seen a flat black that doesn't have some reflection. Curtains on the screen wall as well as 3 feet or so onto the side walls and fabric covered panels on the ceiling the same distance out does wonders. However, a solid black wall with no delineation around the screen can make the screen look smaller. Darkening the walls and ceiling beyond 4 feet out from the screen has diminishing returns.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the comments. As an experiment for the last couple of months, I did in fact pin up (ver tightly) a piece of black cotton fabric across my ceiling (~13 ft wide) that extended ~ 4 ft out from the back wall (to which the screen, 126 diag 9x16 HP, is attached). And BOY, did I notice now much nicer things looked. It was like having a 'black hole' out over the screen.
It was this positive experience that has led me to consider painting the whole ceiling black. For where I see the present black cloth end, the (off while) ceiling really is lighted up. I thought about extending the fabric another 3 ft, say, but then my wife thought it would look neater--and I agreed--just to paint the whole ceiling black.
But now your comments suggests that there is no flat black paint that doesn't have some sheen to it. I agree that black fabric would be a better light absorber, but it's really not feasible (in my case) to cover the whole ceiling with it.
So my question to this group: does everyone agree with mill1899's comments above? Is there really no flat black paint that would cause the ceiling to 'disappear' when the lights go down? Thanks for any feedback/suggestions.