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Article: Stars On The Ceiling

In any home theater project you plan, you dream, you scheme and eventually you do. In all of that time some things change and the HT you end up with may not resemble the one you originally envisioned.

In any home theater project you plan, you dream, you scheme and eventually you do. In all of that time some things change and the HT you end up with may not resemble the one you originally envisioned.

My original plan was to do our HT as a drive-in theater. Complete with real cars to sit in and gravel on the floor and stars on the ceiling. Little by little reality set in. Gravel is going to be a mess and noisy so carpet would be better. Cars are too big and really not that comfortable to sit in so a nice 4 recliner theater seat would be better. But one thing we kept was stars on the ceiling.

There is a company locally that paints a realistic night sky on your ceiling using fluorescent paint. We first saw them at the Seattle Home show and we got the special home show price of $500. They come to your house and do the whole thing in about 3 hours. They won't let you in the room to see their special process. I imagine it has something to do with projecting the stars on the ceiling. You can pick a specific date, like the day you were born or your wedding day.

We wanted a winter sky with Orion centered in the room. We also have the Milky Way running through the center. They also put a few comets in just for fun. You can spot some of the major constellations and the effect is really good. In fact it has a great 3-D effect and you lose all feeling of being in a rectangular room.

Unfortunately it doesn't really work with any light in the room. So even the projector is too much. But during really dark scenes the stars will kind of come out. (leaving a black light on helps bring them out too).

It is kind of fun to just let movie credits roll with the music playing and sit there and look up at the stars. It really is kind of like being at the drive-in.

Another really cool thing is that this has become our favorite napping place in the house. Anytime of day it is pitch black and quiet. And you can sleep under the stars.