Q. What Paint Color is Best for Picture Projection?

Will switching from beige to gray improve picture quality?


Apr. 03, 2009 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Q. Paint color question: my room is a little beige in color. To help with the color projection, I have decided to pain the room walls a medium gray. Will this help the overall picture in the room? - Paul, Anchorage AK

A. These options are provided by Keith Rose and Rob Schultz of Inspired Electronics, Inc.

Keith:

I’m a big fan of painting the screen wall a dark, muted color. By contrast the screen will appear much more vivid. The side and rear walls can be left as is.

Rob:

If you’re projecting onto the wall directly, you will want to use something like Goo Systems’ paint which is designed for this purpose. If you don’t want to use a specialized paint, a medium gray will help improve contrast and black levels, and won’t really interfere with your whites (but that’s not a preferred solution - standard paints aren’t as reflective).

If this is a background for a regular screen, I agree with Keith, a darker color is better. In fact, I’d even go farther than Keith and recommend dark walls all around, and a dark ceiling!

Ask a Pro regular Scott Varn addressed a similiar question back in August.



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