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So the recent storms in Melbourne means a tree has forced a refurbishment of my HT room. 
 

I can’t make this room a bat cave but do want to use colours that improve the viewing experience for a projector. 
 

What colours have people found they like, works and has a reasonable WAF?

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Whatever colour you use, going with a matte finish will make a big difference with reducing light reflection.  The downside, of course, is that it marks when you look at it, and good luck trying to cl

I also hope this thread doesn’t start to reflect those found on social media.    Constuctive and helpful posts please noting my initial post.    I just don’t want to waste time with sill

I've painted my front wall and ceiling with chalk paint - the stuff you can even write on. It's a matt black. The rear and side walls are a bisque colour. You can see what it looks like

I've painted my front wall and ceiling with chalk paint - the stuff you can even write on.

It's a matt black.

The rear and side walls are a bisque colour.

You can see what it looks like in my signature.. 

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Thanks Peter - Your room is great but I don’t think I can get away with matte black. 
 

Bisque is worth exploring. 

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I went with chocolate inspired colours  - Haymes Castlegate walls (much darker than it appears in the pictures) and Chocolate trims - see here. Obviously not for everyone, but works with the rest of the house.

 

One thing I should mention: used to be a BIG fan of Dulux paint but they've gone to hell with thin, watery crud with poor coverage and adhesion. Paint shop recommended Haymes - so much better to apply and great coverage/adhesion.

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Thx Quark. 
 

I prefer Haymes too. 
 

Nice colour combination suggested although thinking on this more I think shades of grey may be more acceptable for our house. 
 

I might get away with with the front quarter of the ceiling in a suitable black. 

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Black.

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The ideal Luc but not a goer unfortunately - it’s not a dedicated room so needs to be reasonable suitable as a room for normal use as well. 

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I also hope this thread doesn’t start to reflect those found on social media. 
 

Constuctive and helpful posts please noting my initial post. 
 

I just don’t want to waste time with silly responses. Half my house has been smashed by a large tree so my patience is a little lacking at the moment. 

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Whatever colour you use, going with a matte finish will make a big difference with reducing light reflection.  The downside, of course, is that it marks when you look at it, and good luck trying to clean marks off.  It's touch-up paint every time!

 

I went chocolate brown walls (photos don't reflect that colour too well, but they are brown), white trim and chocolate ceiling, but now going black on the ceiling.  Of course, mine's a dedicated room - but I will say this, if you go a white (or similar) light coloured trim, it helps break up and soften the very dark colours we go after in HT rooms.

 

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4 hours ago, Quark said:

Paint shop recommended Haymes - so much better to apply and great coverage/adhesion.

 

 

Yes, +1 for Haymes, made in Ballarat I believe.

 

 

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Nice room Kaynin and good idea about the light colour trim. 
 

My room had black curtains that a could draw across the walls (and a night sky type wall paper on the front half of my ceiling. 
 

But I am thinking of using front wides as well this time around (if insurance will replace my damaged processor rather than try to repair it - it doesn’t support front wires) so continuing with curtains is unlikely to work. 

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Yeah if your curtain covers new speakers then it won’t work.   Curtains are a good idea for a dual purpose room though.  It’s tough having compromises, but everyone I’ve ever spoken to has compromises in their room in one way or another.

 

I’ve never used front wides though.  I’m currently upgrading from 5.1 to 7.2.6 and still no front wides!  Are you 100% sold on installing them?

 

My room started dual-purpose, then the ex gave the room to me a couple of years later, but of course the doors and windows aren’t exactly where I would have put them the first time around.

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26 minutes ago, lucmor444 said:

Nice room Kaynin and good idea about the light colour trim. 
 

My room had black curtains that a could draw across the walls (and a night sky type wall paper on the front half of my ceiling. 
 

But I am thinking of using front wides as well this time around (if insurance will replace my damaged processor rather than try to repair it - it doesn’t support front wires) so continuing with curtains is unlikely to work. 

Curtains work well. Eg they can run across the bookshelves if you have some..

A tip: make sure they run along the floor if they are in front of a window, so it really blocks out the light..

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I am very attracted to front wides based on reports about how they are very effective in improving the overall front sound stage and in the pans to sides/rears. However if I keep my current processor then I will not be using them. 
 

But as noted everything is a compromise and my curtains did a fantastic job of making my room a bat cave even during the day. They did come right down to the floor to stop all light from the windows/French doors. 

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I used a dark blue/grey in my previous theatre..It has a good WAF..and gives good screen contrast..

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I haven't got anything to add about paints but I wanted to say sorry about your misfortune with the storm and I hope you come out of this with a better room and not too many grey hairs :) 

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How not to build a HT room.. use a pre existing mains living room with beige walls that I'm not allowed to change and have no way of blocking out natural daylight.

 

 

 

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On 14/06/2021 at 12:40 AM, Silver Audiophile said:

have no way of blocking out natural daylight.

 

Curtains might be handy.

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46 minutes ago, thethrowback said:

 

Curtains might be handy.

Photo doesn't show the extent of windows and height. Cathedral ceilings, with shutter opening windows, floor to ceiling windows, large open areas continuous dinning area and kitchen all with extensive windows. Some windows are triangular in shape, never designed to shut with curtains.

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You could get blockout roller blinds ? For the windows that are high up they can be put on a Motor that are operated by remote, so can be operated that way?

 

You can in fact get double roller blinds - you have the Blockout blind closest to the window so the gaps are minimal and the sunscreen as the second blind.

The Sunsreen allows you to see out through the day too but filters the sun. 

The lower blinds could be chain operated and the blinds for the high windows motorised (which would save costs)

That may help ?

 

In fact looks to me you may have sunscreen blinds there already - so you would just need to get the blockout ones made - they will have to put them on a double roller - but any good blind company can sort this for you. 

 

This would at least help the the light shining on the screen from those windows in the photo?

 

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Thanks, I already own the double roller blinds combo upstairs. As you said those blinds have the block out blind closest the windows. They still let a large amount or light leak in from the edges.

I was also told they couldn't be customised for the triangular windows or the shutter windows up high.

I don't watch much in the way of movie anyhow. When I do, I just watch them at night. 👍

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I am in the process of painting my HT room. I have chosen a very dark grey. I have bought the paint but not put it on yet.

I have painted the ceiling white, but it looks like it's common to paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls. Is there a reason for this?

 

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30 minutes ago, puunda said:

I am in the process of painting my HT room. I have chosen a very dark grey. I have bought the paint but not put it on yet.

I have painted the ceiling white, but it looks like it's common to paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls. Is there a reason for this?

 

 

You get a LOT of light reflected off the screen and onto the ceiling. You will get better image contrast with a dark ceiling.

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20 minutes ago, Quark said:

 

You get a LOT of light reflected off the screen and onto the ceiling. You will get better image contrast with a dark ceiling.

It's never crossed my mind to paint the ceiling any colour other than white. But it makes sense.

Annoying thing is I just painted the ceiling 2 days ago. I guess I'll have to buy some matt paint to do the celling again.

 

 

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1 hour ago, puunda said:

I am in the process of painting my HT room. I have chosen a very dark grey. I have bought the paint but not put it on yet.

I have painted the ceiling white, but it looks like it's common to paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls. Is there a reason for this?

 

What shade of grey did you choose?

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1 minute ago, lucmor444 said:

What shade of grey did you choose?

I got a Taubmans colour called Private Jet

This is what we used in the rest of the house as the feature wall colour. The idea is it'll be coherent colour scheme. Will see how it goes when I actually paint it.

https://www.taubmans.com.au/colourcentre/colour-details/63617/private-jet

 

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Im building soon . .  .well as soon as they can start and having a nice big room (5.4m wide and 7.3m long) with a kitchen joining on at the back and off to the side.  My plan is to have the projector wall mat black.  im having the corners filled in and will be putting sound panels on the filled in/ angled corners to try and stop some of the bass reflection (is that the right word).  I will be putting in a star ceiling on about the first 3m of ceiling and will be incorporating sound panels into it to help kill off the primary sound reflections and have the nice contrast. Side walls will have sound panels running down them.  light coloured to offset the probably navy blue wall.  Will have to get a nice big rug as well as i will have very light coloured hybrid floating flooring right throughout the house.  Going to go for a 150 inch 2.35/2.37 screen,  nice upgrade from my current 120 inch 16:9.  Not going atmos as of yet though as i dont want to buy a new pre and some more poweramps and speakers  . .  .will have lots of other stuff to do on the house before then.

 

Chances are i will come in here looking for some advice :)

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Sound's like the room will be awesome steffanth.  Dulux Domino is a very dark grey and has been used by some to great effect in HTs and I may be inclined to use it on my projector wall (I can't go matt black - no WAF). 

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1 hour ago, lucmor444 said:

Sound's like the room will be awesome steffanth.  Dulux Domino is a very dark grey and has been used by some to great effect in HTs and I may be inclined to use it on my projector wall (I can't go matt black - no WAF). 

I have the luxury of no WAF to consider :)

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On 7/7/2021 at 12:50 PM, steffanth said:

I have the luxury of no WAF to consider :)

It's great having no WAF

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On 6/11/2021 at 9:06 PM, lucmor444 said:

The ideal Luc but not a goer unfortunately - it’s not a dedicated room so needs to be reasonable suitable as a room for normal use as well. 

Music currently playing but I'm about to be booted out so  pesky kids of rellies can play their consoles.

 

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Looking backwards

 

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Doubles up as a space for older kids to study and use the PC. So it's all black and it's very usable for whatever you want to use it for. Acoustically sealed as best as we could manage. Music and games leak out through the door in a muted fashion.

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I am a painter by trade, the last 3 media rooms I have done have been:

 

Dulux Teahouse

Dulux Domino

Dulux Raku

 

Two were done withe the same colour on the ceiling, one was done by going 2 shades up on the relevant colour chart.

The next one I am doing is Raku on 3 sides, for some reason he wants lexicon half on the viewing wall, but I have several months before I get to that job.

Also Resene paints (which are generally very good) make a flat paint that is said to be wipe-able. I haven't used it yet, but I may be the guinea pig on my own room when it is eventually built. I am also not too sure if it comes in deep and or bright bases.

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Good suggestions ronfishes.

 

I will go for a lighter ceiling colour, either going up the colour chart as you noted or trying a half strength of the wall colour.  

 

What finish are you recommending/using?

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The secondary system here in the lounge, but how about a feature wall with some bias lighting?

 

I've since upgraded the 46" plasma for a 65" OLED. :D

 

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Here's the main Media room at one stage of it's evolution....

 

Matt, very dark blue front wall and ceiling. (white LEDs appear blue due to reflecting off a blue surface)

Mid Blue side walls and matching block-out curtains.

Mustard yellow rear walls, carpets and recliner lounges.

 

Room is 6 x 3.6 x 2.4m (LxWxH)

Screen is 110" 16:9 OZTS Majestic with Evo3D fabric.

BTW: seating distance is 3.9m and I experimented with different screen sizes on a white wall and found anything bigger than the 110" was too big for my tastes.

This worked out well as it allowed me to make features of the front corner bass traps. (floor to ceiling columns backlit both sides)

 

Here's a link to the whole build thread.

https://www.stereonet.com/forums/topic/201650-a-space-oddessy

 

Don't underestimate the potential of heavy side curtains to darken the room as required.

 

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You guys have some nice rooms!

I have a very very modest room in comparison, but 2 things I would do different if I was doing it again.

  1. Use a matt paint instead of a low sheen. I used low sheen because that's the default, and even though the room would be dark, the dark colour makes it very easy to see the imperfections on the walls ... and there's a lot of that in my room
  2. Paint the ceiling a dark colour.

As always,  YMMV.

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