Building a perfect home theater room goes beyond getting the right devices positioned at strategic locations and concealing as many cables as you can. A vital element necessary to perfect the room is the color of paint that you chose for the ceilings and walls.
Using a dark Color for both the ceiling and walls gives your theater room a good picture. The dark color could be burgundy, grey, black or dark brown. Such colors give the room a good picture by preventing light from the projector or TV from bouncing around. Therefore, you should avoid choosing white and any light color if you want to get an excellent viewing experience.
Other elements that should be put into consideration when choosing a color include the style or shape of the theater room as well as the different usage options that you have for the space. After all, not everyone will want the room to be only used as a home theater. Regarding the style or shape of the room, there are structures and features like windows that can affect your viewing experience.
WHAT STYLE DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR THEATER ROOM?
To start with, do well to ask yourself about what purpose you want the room to be put into. What style best suits the purpose? Do you plan on using the room for watching big games and kicking back? Or do you desire to use it for watching Netflix? The summary of these questions are: is the room meant to be a casual space for relaxation, or are you big on movies and you are on the lookout for a rich viewing experience?
Of course, you may have many usage options. Perhaps, you want the room to be used for the occasional screening of movies for friends and family or as a space where you can enjoy playing videogames. If you want the space for all of the aforementioned options then you will be needing lots of paint for such multi-purpose use…
Grey and darker shades of brown are best suited for casual use of the room because they exclude distractions and promote screen focus. However, if you want a theater effect, then you should go all black. If you only need the room for relaxation then consider a lighter color because it will not be too heavy on the senses.
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Are you are a movie aficionado who want your room to be primarily used as a viewing space? Then, you need not be confused about the appropriate paint color. Just go with black for full immersion. For anything other than movies, I recommend dark grey and dark brown colors because they help you enjoy the room with lights turned on.
Burgundy and navy are also good options for this instance. Before settling for any color, remember that it is important to ensure that some aspects of the space is versatile especially if you are considering multi-purpose usage. This is because dark paint absorbs light and hinders smaller light sources from effectively serving their purpose.
Is the room meant to be an entertaining space for friends and family? Then consider burgundy as best suited for such purpose because it gives the room a warming color as well as makes it versatile. It will also be cool to aesthetically splash some color on the walls especially if you plan on entertaining guests regularly. In this case, the ceiling should be painted black to absorb a great deal of the light.
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT LIMITATIONS OF THE ROOM?
It is an open secret that the shape and size of your theater room does affect the way which sound systems are set up as well as determine the kind of screen that you will have to install (projector or television). Shape also affect the decision which you will make regarding paint color.
The size of your room cannot be changed and you wouldn’t want to fiddle with structures that have been permanently fixed. However, if you have plans to own a perfect home theater, don’t entertain thoughts of having a window in the room. It will be counter-productive to have natural light filtering into the room while your eyes are fixed on a massive screen.
If you already have a window then consider covering it with a black-out blind (retractable type). You can also consider installing a slidable blackout curtain. If you don’t find the natural light bothering or you often use the space at night, then you don’t necessarily need to do anything.
Just remember that the rule for full immersion is to ensure that the room is painted black and that the window is covered. Other than that, you can simply settle for using the space at night. Leaving the window uncovered during the day makes black paint give the room a claustrophobic feeling. A darker tan or light grey color will compliment the space in this instance.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS FOR ADDING FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE PAINT
Congratulations on reading this far. It proves that you already have an idea of the kind of color that you plan on using. Before you turn those ideas into reality, it will be worthwhile to consider these few final thoughts.
First things first, the finish of the paint is as important as the color itself. Avoid using a glossy finish because it defeats the whole idea of avoiding reflection. This begs the question of what kind of finish is considered appropriate. Please go for a matte finish.
A matte finish is probably the default finish of the paint you are buying but don’t leave anything to chance. Ensure that you confirm it from the storekeeper. A visit to the Home Depot will afford you the opportunity to choose what you want in terms of color, finish and shade for any paint that you choose to buy. Ensure you avail yourself of such great choices.
Now that you have finally decided on which color to pick the next thing to consider is decorating the walls. Such decoration should take the form of horizontal stripes that point towards the focal point of the room. Can you think of any focal point other than the screen? Your guess is as good as mine – no!