Great Home Theater Paint Color Ideas for Your Next DIY Project

Soar When you think of designing a home theatre, paint color may be the last thing on your mind, but it can have a real effect on how you see all of the content.

Guest post by Ty Wingfoot

Are you considering purchasing a 3D TV for your home theatre? Perhaps inviting friends and family over for an AVATAR screening and party? This may be the perfect time to start that home remodeling project you’ve been planning and paint your home theatre room.

People often spend a large amount of money on televisions, projectors, sound systems, state of the art DVD and Blu-ray players, but then procrastinate on one of the least expensive elements of the room required to complete the project – a simple can of paint. And that’s because painting your home theatre the wrong color or with low-quality paint can seriously affect your viewing experience.

Light is the problem. Light easily bounces off the walls in a theatre room. Even when the overhead lights are off, a lot of light can be produced from the viewing screen. The lighter and brighter the color of the walls, the worse the problem is. When contemplating your home theatre paint color options, think dark or neutral. If you have a full-time dedicated theatre, then black may be best. On the other hand, if you have a standard room in your house that you converted for media use and may occasionally want to entertain in this room beyond the closing credits, darker colors like brown or even a lighter neutral color such as tan or caramel, are good alternate options. When choosing furniture for the room, keep in mind that lighter furniture can help balance out the dark colors of the walls.

In addition to choosing the color for your home theater, you will need to pay attention to the paint finish as well. The finish can be glossy, semi gloss, eggshell, satin and flat. The glossier the finish the shinier the wall is, which usually means the easier it is to clean. With glossy or a semi-gloss finish you can just take a washcloth and wipe off dirty fingerprints and other kinds of stains – which may be important if you plan lots of parties or . However, for a home theatre room, you want flat or satin, because these finishes don’t reflect a lot of light.

When considering home theatre paint color ideas, you really need to forget what looks nice as the soul reason in choosing a color. The color of your walls will mix to some extent with the light coming out of your TV and will also wind up back on the screen. A red wall will wind up giving all of your films a pinkish hue that may not be noticeable over time as you get used to it, but it does if fact, lessen the quality of your picture. Browns, beiges and tans might be all you are left with, but the improved picture quality of your TV will be worth it.

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What's your home theater like? And what do you want to do to upgrade it?



Some great info here! I built my theatre about a year ago and made a point of using dark colors, I used a very dark green, it's nearly black unless you look at it with a bright light. Also, I have a 42" high waynes coat around the entire room made of sound absorbing carpet, it helps a lot with the acoustics, but I still have too much hard wall surface and get some sound reverberations which diminishes the surround sound effect. My ceiling is flat black just like the real theaters, it is a suspended ceiling which makes is very easy to make modifications and the panels are also designed to absorb sound.

So, I would like to add that lots of sound absorbing material on the walls is very important and will make a massive difference in the clarity and directionality of the sound, it can make a cheap surround system kick the butt of a much more expensive high-end system. if a sound comes from the left rear speaker I want it to sound like it is right there, if I get a reflection off of the right wall then I just lost the highly directional surround effect and the spookyness of a horror movie. The "dady" scene from "The Hills Have Eyes" is the best example of using the rear channels to sneak up behind the viewer, one of my friends actually turn around to look behind them when that scene started. Also, the scene in "Avatar" when the Prolemuris swing through the branches and vines startling Jake sounds incredible when you have a proper room setup.

I place sound quality on the same level as video quality, sound is what really sells the action on screen.

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