Home Theatre Paint Tips

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What’s the best home theatre paint colour to use? What about paint type? Wait, before we ask those questions, let’s ask this one: why are we even writing about this, to begin with? does it seem a little goofy that we’re dedicating a page relating to home cinema on this site to discuss the intricacies of painting a home cinema wall, doesn’t it? “NO”

Well, the truth is there are a couple of minor details that we feel are important to raise as you plan the finishing touches of your home theatre room. After all, our aim is to “leave no stone unturned” — we want the information in our site to cover the full spectrum of home theatre design. So let’s talk about this a little, no matter how trivial this may seem on the surface!


Home Theatre Paint Colour?

As far as what colour to paint your home theatre walls…well, that’s obviously entirely up to you. The home theatre paint colour you choose may be impacted by how you intend to use your entertainment room. Is this space going to be used exclusively for watching movies and other television programs? Or is it going to be a multi-purpose activity room? If it’s the former, you may need to ask yourself another question: am I trying to replicate the movie theatre experience? More than likely you are, and even if you are not, you’ll want to choose a colour that has a dark tone to allow for better contrast and a focal point during your viewing pleasures. If it’s the latter, you may want to consider using a light colour tone to provide for more conducive lighting conditions and to avoid making the room feel like a cave.

If your design calls for replicating a real movie theatre, then you may very well just want to go with pitch black. Seriously, black works great in home theatres and so do the darkest shades of grey. If you’re trying to balance good lighting conditions with creating a certain appeal to the room, I’ve seen many enthusiasts use rich red colours, deep purples, and dark greens, browns, and blues. Simply put, the darker the colour, the better you’ll be able to maximise the contrast of colour with your video source and mimic a movie theatre. If this isn’t your priority, there’s certainly no harm in going with the colour that suits your style the most!

Before you begin painting your home theatre, don’t forget to seal/caulk all joints (baseboards, windows, walls, etc.). Sound can escape through even the smallest of cracks, so don’t neglect this part of the process. Also, use a deep colour, a tinted primer to help make sure you not only get the true colour you’ve picked out for your home cinema but also the shade doesn’t become any lighter than it should be.

Home Theatre Paint — What Type to Use?

Last but not least, the other point that I would like to make is that the type of paint that you choose can, to some degree, have an impact on your viewing experience. As you probably know, paints come in much different sheen. The greater the sheen, the more the painted surface will reflect light. For the same reason enthusiasts avoid using glass and mirrors in their home theatres, so too should you consider using a low lustre paint. The paint styles as they are listed below indicate an increasing intensity in sheen, from lowest to highest.

  • Flat
  • Eggshell
  • Satin
  • Semi-gloss
  • Gloss

I personally like to use Eggshell paint, not just for a home theatre but in nearly all areas of my home. It has hardly any sheen to it but offers the ability to wipe your walls without making you feel like you need to paint the entire wall again to make it look like it originally looked. It also does a good job of hiding surface imperfections, which is typically why contractors tend to use flat paint in new construction. While flat paint certainly looks the best for fresh applications, it doesn’t do a good job of standing the test of time, especially in high traffic areas within your home. I would personally recommend avoiding using satin, semi-gloss, or gloss paint in your home theatre.

If you’re interested in additional home theatre design information and how this might tie into other design concepts.