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Hi yet again (3rd question today :) )


Here is a pic of my room so far.

http://kimhearst.home.comcast.net/ScreenWall.jpg


I have soffits running along both walls with no columns. I am going to paint the ceiling a very dark color, probably black, but perhaps a very dark blue. The walls will be treated with Linacoustics/Batting and GOM. So far, my plan is to not treat the soffits, but just to paint then. I will have crown molding with rope light running along the bottom edge of the soffit.


My question is, what color should I use for the soffits. Should I paint them then same color as the ceiling? Or should I paint them a lighter color that is a contrast between the GOM color (TDB) and the ceiling?


Or, should I paint the side black, and cover the bottom with GOM? (I really don't want to do that).


Does anybody have a recommendation? Also, if anyone has pics of their HT with the soffits painted a contrasting color to the ceiling/gom, I would appreciate it. I think it might be cool to do that, but I am not sure.


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Hal
 

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check out my gallery! I went with a contrasting color on the soffits. If you paint the soffit sides black, it will make the ceiling feel lower. If you contrast them, the ceiling will feel higher.
 

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Hal I am one phase ahead of you. Yesterday I painted the ceiling and soffits the same deep flat emerald (almost black). I thought it was just to dark and boring. I went two shades lighter on the same sample card and did the underside of the soffits only. I like it much better. I decided to keep the soffit faces very dark for the projector but my soffits are alot wider than yours.
 

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The sofits in mine are painted on the side the same as the ceiling and has black GOM on the bottoms. Wood trim and a light tray for rope lighting makes it all work together.


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Your room is very similar to mine. Looks like similar dimensions. Only difference is my soffit runs along the end too. I have crown molding running between the wall and soffit, then more molding between the soffit and ceiling. I have another piece of crown that runs at the bottom of the soffit (outside corner of the soffit, profile looks like: soffit -->_|/
 

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Hummm, some interesting things to think about.


Randy, I love your HT. What colors of GOM did you use? I love the columns. Are you columns a product or kit or are they custom made? I would love to find that grooved wood that you are using. Then again, I have a router and router table, maybe I could make them. Are the underside of your soffits treated with insulation or just GOM?


Eamears, I also like what you did. It looks like you make panels for the lower part of you wall and have just left the top part untreated. The paint looks cool. Sort of a faux something or other.


GoinGood, do you have three sets of crown molding or only two? My soffits are only 9" deep from the ceiling. I think I will put crown from wall to soffit bottom and then along the bottom edge of the soffit only.


Thanks for all the great replies.


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I also think a contrasting color would look/feel better - especially if you don't plan to do the light tray thing. You also might think about bringing the soffit around on the front over the screen. I think this helps to set apart the screen wall.


Finally, from an acoustic standpoint it would probably be best to use fabric on the bottom of the soffit because that would allow you to treat them with IS/LC as well to help eliminate some tri-corners. I'm no acoustic expert but that's what I've been advised.


Good luck.
 

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Originally posted by nobail
Hummm, some interesting things to think about.


GoinGood, do you have three sets of crown molding or only two? My soffits are only 9" deep from the ceiling. I think I will put crown from wall to soffit bottom and then along the bottom edge of the soffit only.


- Hal
I have three, betwen the wall and soffit, ceiling and soffit and the third on the outside corner of the soffit, that's the one the rope light is tucked into. That third piece was pretty tricky to put up, I had a carpenter help me. You have to cut little pieces of wood to nail the crown to about every 12", otherwise there is nothing to hold it up. Does this make sense?
 

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Why do you guys put in soffits? Im in the process of re-doing a room in my house into a H/T and just wondered why every HT design you guys have built have soffits....



Ivan :rolleyes:
 

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There are lots of reasons. Here are a few:


1) Soffits give the room some nice definitions aesthetically.


2) They can have acoustical benefits by eliminating long sections of walls and ceilings forming right tri-corners.


3) They can hide things like AC ductwork, wiring runs, etc. (this is especially useful in basement rooms. In my room they hide the fact that the ceiling would be sloped to the walls due to the roof line above.
 

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Texas folks usually don't have basements.. right? In my case, one soffit is to hide ductwork and the other is for aesthetics.


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Hal you're right, most homes built here in Texas don't have basements. I really miss that. As a boy in Chicago I remember my dad converting our basement into a humongous gameroom/bar.


I think im going to go the soffit route since I have to run extra ducting for AC supply to my components.



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Why do you guys put in soffits?


Ivan :rolleyes:
Because I love them. Just kidding, in my case, I had no choice, the theater is in the basement and all the HVAC ducts run through the soffit. Given the choice, there would be no soffits.
 

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Ditto for me, I had a heating duct on one side, then put in the other soffit to match it.
 
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