Projection screens are at their best when they can not be seen when in use.
In a multi-purpose room, you don’t want your screen visible when you aren’t using it. There are several ways of accomplishing this.
The first one is matching the color of the projection screen to the color of your wall. With most walls white, that seems easy enough. But, you don’t have to stay with plain white.
Here are some real life installations of projection screens that complement the room.
1. White on white
If you don’t want to pay extra for customisation of either the room or the screen, then you have to find a solution to make the white case stand out as little as possible.
It’s normally not that difficult, as most living rooms have white walls. But the right place for the screen, that makes it blend in when not in use, yet at the right position for comfortable viewing, now that’s a bit of a balancing act sometimes.
These installation images of the M-series electric projection screen show that a screen can even be installed in a bedroom…
Here’s the screen when rolled in:
When rolled out, it makes for a great looking cinema, as you can see here:
Now, if your room doesn’t have white walls, you can customise the projection screen to make it blend in. Which brings us to option 2.
2. The colour purple: How to blend in your projection screen when you have a colorful room
It doesn’t have to be a plain white wall for a perfect match with your projection screen.
The installation below was in a colourful purple room. The M-100 Beamax projection screen was custom colored to blend in. This is what the room looks like with the screen rolled out:
And here’s that same projection screen, but rolled in:
Now your room doesn’t have to be colorful to create a seamless installation. Another option is a feature wall, which we’ll look at next.
The feature wall
When you have anotherwise white room, it can be great idea to create a feature wall. The feature wall creates a focal point for the room, which then gives the room more character.
Here’s an installation that’s particularly clever on 2 counts:
1. The slate wall makes even the black TV fade into the background. This is quite a difference from a situation where you have a black TV on a white wall. That makes the TV stand out when it’s – and not in a positive way (unless the point of the room is to whos off your TV..)
2. A dark background provides contrast between the images on the TV or projector screen when they are on. That gives the images a lot more punch than when they are in front of a white wall.
The projection screen was built in a custom black anodised case. The anodised case is made of aluminium and the anodisation process makes the black finish more scratch resistant – unlike spray painted solutions. The screen is a tensioned electric screen in 16:9 format.
Here’s what the room looks like when it’s in “regular” mode: all devices turned off. Can you even spot the projection screen?
When the projection screen is in use, you can see how the background serves as a contrast that brings out the projection to its maximum effect.
With these examples, you have seen some creative ways to hide your projection screen, without the housing being hidden in a cabinet.
By using colors and the option of coloring the projection screen’s housing, you’re able to create a home theater that looks great. No matter whether it’s “on” or “off”.
If you want advice for your room, let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you out.