Years ago, the concept of a private theatre in the home was just for the millionaires and movie stars. Or entertainers like Elvis and Michael Jackson who could not enjoy watching a movie out in public so they had to resort to bringing the movie to their house… or palatial palace, as it were.
Today, cutting edge technology and entertainment are not just for the rich and famous. Anyone who has a room in their home large enough to accommodate a big screen and the seating arrangements to resemble a theatre can enjoy this amenity as well.
So, now that you’ve finally gotten your own gigantic theatre-sized television you’ve been coveting for years, why not further indulge yourself and create a room just for that high-tech item so that you can enjoy movies with family and friends in a room dedicated just for that pleasure. These days, the trending name for such a place is called a “media room”.
A media room is used to house large screen video systems. Such a room can include such features as aesthetic lighting, special acoustical treatments, theatre-style seating, motorized or stationary draperies and often includes special custom-built cabinetry designed to meld into the background and function as a bookcase, media storage area or to even include a bar.
Now is the hard part… picking the perfect wall color to showcase your new treasures since, as you know, now there will be a steady stream of family and friends frequenting your home going forward.
You may figure that most of the time the lights will be dimmed or the room will be dark, of course, during a screening, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t scope out the wall and ceilings colors carefully. And, if you’re not sure what color scheme will work for the size and shape of your new media room, why not consider hiring the services of a professional house painter in Little Silver, NJ area to help you pick that perfect color for your media room?
A word to the wise about the paint finish first. Even if you envision lots of handprints, smudges and mars on the walls of your media room, never paint the room in a very light color with a satin or glossy finish as it will cause a reflection and ruin your viewing pleasure!
As unbelievable as it sounds, it is important to limit the number of reflective surfaces from which light can bounce off of in the media room. If the walls are covered in a glossy or satin finish paint they become so highly reflective that it will cause light to travel around the room, thus interfering with the color and quality of your television or projector screen’s picture. Instead, choose a darker neutral color paint with a flat or matte finish, thus avoiding the reflection of your equipment and the quality of the picture.
That said, the best colors for a media room would belong to the darker neutral palette. The reason you want a neutral hue for your media room’s walls is to help maintain the most-accurate colors on your screen. You do not want to pick a light neutral color, however, as lighter colors reflect light. Choose a darker neutral shade such as gray or brown for the best viewing experience in your media room, and, if you want the ultimate experience, which is just like an authentic theater, basic black on the walls is your best bet.
You should avoid using such colors as rich shades of blue, green or yellow, as these shades can actually distort the colors on your television or projector screen. For example, flesh tones may appear slightly yellow or blue with one of these colors on the wall, or natural elements, like the sky and grass, may take on unnatural shades that will distort the realism of the display’s picture.
Admittedly, the wall colors suggested above, may be fine for viewing purposes but once the lights are on in the media room, the wall color may make you cringe. So, if you prefer a little color contrast in your media room, why not consider one of the trending concepts today – the use of a focal wall? A focal wall is described as a wall that is painted in a different color, and thus, it becomes the focal point of the room. The focal wall, can still be a neutral color, but here you can choose a lighter color as it is on the same wall as the screen and will not conflict by causing a reflection – it also will lend depth and dimension to the room.
Traditionally, white paint is used on the ceiling for almost every home, no matter what the wall color is, and no matter the architectural style of the home. But, remember your lesson learned above – do not paint your ceiling in white or a light color because the ceiling will reflect the light and bounce it down toward your TV or projector screen. To cut the glare, paint the ceiling in the same dark neutral shade as the wall and you cannot go wrong.
In most rooms of the home, white paint is used for the ceiling no matter what color the walls are painted. However, in a media room, a white – or any other pale color – ceiling will reflect the light and cause it to bounce downward across your television or projector screen. Instead of white, paint your media room’s ceiling the same dark neutral shade that you use on the walls. It cuts back on the glare and keep the screen’s colors true.
Now, all you need is one of those old-fashioned popcorn makers that sits on a cart and some nifty red and white striped bags and you’re all set.