View Full Version : Wife friendly colour scheme?
30-04-2003, 08:53 PM
Getting an install soon, when uncle Eric has a spare mo, but need to paint my walls (currently cream) to help optimise sim2 300+. Obviously everyone is gonna scream "BLACK" but it needs to function as a useable room. Anyone got ideas for a compromise?
dark terracotta carpet by the way if that helps.
Thanks in advance.
30-04-2003, 08:59 PM
I was led to believe there was a grey colour that was optimum for cutting down light reflections in HC rooms? Maybe that idea could be worked on with dark terracota, especially if you got some nice, contemporary grey furniture?
I'd also advise going for some really nice lighting - maybe dimmable down lighters (always make sure you have one in each corner, casting off light across four plains) for main and uplighters for subtle effects on side walls - to ease the look of the room at night, when I guess your most likely to spend most of the time there.
30-04-2003, 09:17 PM
thanks for that. I was wondering whether to bother with lighting, sounds like that's something else!
don't suppose you know about blackout blinds as well?
30-04-2003, 09:25 PM
I was wondering whether to bother with lighting, sounds like that's something else! don't suppose you know about blackout blinds as well?
Some would say it's the lighting that makes the room :?~:-?~:???:
I'm about to get a quote off a guy who just did a really nice job of blinds at my Mum's house. Hopefully he'll do me some of those blinds that open in the middle and you 'twist' shut - like the ones in offices I guess but made from black out material. I'll have them installed behind my curtains.
I'll let you know how I get on with that because the bloke is an agent for a national company - their site is here: http://www.hillarys.co.uk. Hope this helps :)~:-)~:smile:
30-04-2003, 09:43 PM
thread is changing a little but is relevant still. I tried Hillarys but the lady I spoke didn't know what I was on about......"what do you mean, blackout?" :?~:-?~:???: . Perhaps I'll give them another go.
30-04-2003, 09:46 PM
but the lady I spoke to...
"what do you mean, blackout?" :?~:-?~:???:
Ask to speak to a bloke next time :lol: :D~:-D~:grin: :lol:
30-04-2003, 09:53 PM
Best advice yet, thanks. Even my wife thought it funny :lol: :lol:
30-04-2003, 11:50 PM
Basically you've got to go as dark as you can going as near as you can to the wife acceptance border.
Take note however.....Do not cross the line :D~:-D~:grin:
Obviously something that will match your existing carpet would be nice though not necassarily the same colour.
As Juboy mentioned, lighting is important. Firstly, because you may have the room painted darker than usual, it will be more difficult to light up when wanted. Therefore, care must be taken to ensure that there is enough lighting when needed.
01-05-2003, 11:58 AM
hotspur, just had this back from Hillarys:
"we do do Blackout roller blinds, the maximum width that we do is 203cms wide"
01-05-2003, 04:16 PM
Thanks for your help. Got someone at Hillarys to admit they do blackout blinds but I MUST have a visit. Anyway that's sorted and I'm thinking about lighting now. Guess like many of you I'll be down at B&Q this weekend for some paint!
01-05-2003, 04:20 PM
That's great. Make sure the blackout blinds are of the darkroom variety with tracks down the sides and bottom to ensure perfect blackout images/smiley_icons/icon_thumbsup.gif
08-05-2003, 05:32 PM
The blackout blinds are listed on the hillarys website under "business blinds" if that helps.
09-05-2003, 07:08 PM
Well a very disappointing visit from the Hillarys guy. Yes they do blackout blinds but not up to the required standard (no edging strips and plenty of light spill). He was interested in quoting for the rest of the house however!!
Have a couple of other quotes pending.
Back on thread now......how does matt Air Force blue sound? this has been suggest by by the wife. It is good that she is sharing in the input of ideas. Got the lighting sorted too which is good.
All I need is a good plumber to move a rad. and we're ready to go.
09-05-2003, 07:20 PM
Did you not try Eric from Flamingo Blinds? His quality is superb and he does the correct black out blinds.
09-05-2003, 07:34 PM
yes they came today as well. they are one of the quotes pending.
i mentioned your name for a big discount as advised so here's hoping! other kit delivery pending (still ok for install?)
any view on colour?
09-05-2003, 07:50 PM
That's great. I'm sure Eric won't let you down. Be warned, he's not cheap but his work is first class. Maybe tempt him with the other windows (as you mentioned) in order to get an all round good price.
I'm familiar with Airforce blue it's not bad (miles better than any light colour). Try out a small patch on the wall and check out what it looks like. If it's a little too light, mix a little matt black into it when your other half is not looking. I've done it before and it works great.
Install is all go. As promised, no worries there.
09-05-2003, 09:28 PM
A trick i have found with room lighting is to use a primary colour.
I picked red for my cinema room. Any other colour coming off the screen or other lighting makes the walls look black!
I then used red halogen down lighters for the red walls, to give the red paint a further saturation effect.
I found i can create different depths to the room depending on what lights are lit.
In my front room i have used different shades of grey and a silver/steel blue for one wall.
I then used different color lighting to either "warm" or "cool" the room depending on mood.
Check out my website.....(edit) web PAGE! (i will get round to doing it one day)
09-05-2003, 10:29 PM
Looks great Paul images/smiley_icons/icon_thumbsup.gif
11-05-2003, 07:41 PM
I've just painted my living/cinema room from the original magnolia to two shades of darkish blue. The difference in PQ was immediatly noticable on my HS10 with a marked improvement in black saturation with the added effect of increasing the perceived contast value.
My windows and patio door have both venetian blinds and lined but not blackout curtains. The overall effect has made the room extremely usable during the daytime which it barely was before.
With regard to lighting I have a combination of 11 dimmable low voltage downlights split into 3 circuits, 2 of 4*20W and 1 of 3*50w in a room 18*12ft. When the room was magnola the wattages were more than adequate but with the darkening from the blue paint and curtains I am considering changing the 20W bulbs to 50W ones.
11-05-2003, 07:55 PM
Intrigued by the two tone blue scheme. Any chance of a pic?
11-05-2003, 08:04 PM
The two tone is just the darker shades on the screen and left side and the front 1/4 of the right wall (it steps at this point) and the lighter shade around the rest.
I'll try and post a pic tomorrow but I think the shades acheive a reasonable compromise of depth of colour (darkness) without making the room to dreary. (It is still a lounge afterall)
20-05-2003, 10:42 PM
Thought it was time for an update on this. Thanks for your advice everyone. Colour scheme , dark blue walls (I gues like the background to the author/strip at the top of the thread and a compromise lighter blue for the ceiling. I am sending off a cheque to Flamingo blinds tomorrow. Electrician coming tomorrow too to fit 7 recessed spots with 50w bulbs, should work fine with the x10 dimmer switch. Getting the radiator ordered too but trying to find an honest plumber is proving difficult.
Msg for Eric - JF will co-ordinate kit delivery prior to install with you.
Gradually getting organised - I'm sure I've forgotten something.
Shame about the prontopro buy.
20-05-2003, 11:14 PM
Thanks Alistair all sounds nice. I'll speak to Joe asap.
We need to have a chat re the speakers etc. So when you have a minute, perhaps you can ring me.
22-05-2003, 10:14 PM
Eric and other custom installers,
There is a new paint material which should be on the market within a year that could be the answer to many WAF problems. It only reflects light at around the surface normal it's applied to. But it reflects quite brightly, about the same as gloss light blue at the moment (it's still in development) when looked at. It may not be to everyone's taste, but if the walls look subjectively bright, without reflecting lot's of light onto a projection screen. In effect only the rear wall will reflect at the screen, and since this is normally the weakest reflection, it shouldn't be a problem.
Got a few problems with it at the moment though (article in a Physics journal discussing them), and the cost will be fairly high, so don't hold your breath eh?
23-05-2003, 12:42 AM
Thanks for the tip Mark.
At the moment, in dedicated rooms anyway, I'm pretty much brainwashed by Auralex.
Apart from making sonics sound fantastic, it does a great job of light absorbtion. My charcoal grey treatments make the Batcave seem like a black hole. images/smiley_icons/icon_thumbsup.gif just the way I like it w)
Jeffs putting some up in his room today and will probably have a few words to say on the matter.
Believe me, if he doesn't like it, he'll say so :D~:-D~:grin:
26-05-2003, 05:46 PM
Are Auralex paintable? or can you get in any other colours?
26-05-2003, 06:50 PM
Most of the Auralex treatments comes in a variety of colours. Check out their website on www.auralex.com
Some of their "reflective" diffusers are paintable.
31-05-2003, 07:49 PM
All systems go now. Everything coming together and I'm looking forward to sorting it all out. With everbodys help I think I've thought of everything (famous last words). Looking forward to sharing it with you in the "Whats your cinema set up" thread!
Camera ready. (Absolutely no pressure to make sure you do a good job Eric :nod: ) All I've got to do now is get the wife to paint the room, after all she picked the colours and that's where this whole thread started from in the first place........yes it's HER fault.
01-06-2003, 09:33 PM
Pressure, what pressure :o~:-o~:eek: w)
See you Tuesday :)~:-)~:smile:
01-11-2003, 11:17 AM
Nip over to the DULUX website (http://www.dulux.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/DLXUK/MousePainter/Jsp/chooseroom.do?action=GET_BLANK_IMAGEURL&stage=1&cu rrentPage=clr&SiteID=ukretail&contentPage=now_pain t_ie.jsp)and try their mouse painter, will give you an idea how darker colours will look when on teh walls.
01-11-2003, 11:18 AM
04-11-2003, 05:20 PM
I went for a similar, but slightly deeper red than that, but close. A slightly lighter red for the ceiling too.
One thing with a primary colour is that my dulux matt white screen always looked slightly red in the room, even after projector installation calibration with a colour analyser.
With Gordon's visit a few years later, with his spectro<mumble> analyser, which apparently actually measured the colour on screen, as opposed to out the projector, his ISF greyscale calibration took that in to account.
Result no more red push from the wall reflections!
One thing that might help lighten the mood when not in use is that I did the skirting gloss white, as it seems too low to be noticed if the screen height is so eye level is one third from bottom of the screen. Dark red carpet too though.
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