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3 Simple Tips for Choosing the Right Size TV for Your Room

3 Simple Tips for Choosing the Right Size TV for Your Room

We all want a big TV. The bigger, the better if you ask me. But sometimes the room we are going to put the TV in just doesn’t accommodate the enormous screen size we dream about. How can you determine what size TV will work best in the room where you want to put it.

There are actually a number of factors involved to figure this out. Here are some tips for you to consider before buying that new HDTV:

Wall Mount or No Wall Mount?

First things is first. Will this TV be hung on the wall or not? You need to figure this out before even heading to the store because this decision will affect everything else after it. TV’s that are hung on the wall actually allow for larger screen size because rarely are there TVs that are bigger than the walls of a room. Also a larger sized TV that is hanging on a wall can work better in smaller rooms because it allows for maximum viewing distance from where you are seated instead of having it place inside or on top of a TV cabinet. Plus, if budget is a concern there are peripherals and installation costs to consider when wall mounting a new set.

How many walls surround the TV?

This seems like an odd question, but the number of walls surrounding the TV can impact the perception viewers have on whether the room feels crowded with a large TV. If your TV is surrounded by 4 full walls (front, left, right & behind) it can make the room feel smaller and a TV over 50″ can feel overwhelming unless the square footage of the room is large. If your TV is surrounded by 3 walls (left, right, behind) and connects to another room so that the back wall is farther away, a TV over 50″ will work as the room has enough depth to warrant the extra large screen size.

What’s the Viewing Distance?

Everyone likes sitting close to the TV. We did as kids and got yelled at, but now that it’s our home we can sit as close as we want! That is unless you want a super sized HDTV. Sitting closer to the TV can actually diminish the quality of the viewing experience not to mention the acoustics if you have a surround sound system. Let’s say you have your eye on a 52″ HDTV. You’re going to want to make sure your viewing area is at least 6 feet away from the TV to be able to enjoy the optimal cinematic experience.

Amazon.com has come up with a simple formula for determining the best size TV based on your viewing distance from the screen. To determine the maximum size TV screen you would divide the length of your viewing distance by 1.5. Instead of messing with the math I love this quick reference chart that Amazon developed to show you the TV sizes you should consider based on where you’ll be seated to watch TV:

So there you have it. You now have enough information to figure out just how big a TV you should get based on the room  you’re putting it in. Now you just have to pick which TV you’re going to get. 3D? LED or LCD? Vizio or Sony? Decisions, decisions, decisions…


Some Ideas to Shake Up your Living Room

5 Living Room Design Ideas That Are Truly Smart

Many homeowners dream up living room design ideas that never take off. It could be that they don’t have the budget or the space to make those ideas a reality. If you want to give your living room a makeover, read on for some ultra-smart ideas to instantly update your  home.

1. Shake up a can of spray paint.

The best living room design ideas are often the simplest ones. If your home has a few items that have seen better days — perhaps a dusty old lamp or a scratched-up table — don’t toss them. Instead, reach for a can of spray paint. Just prime the pieces and spray on a fresh coat of paint. Here’s a helpful how-to before you get started.

2. Use paint and paper strategically.

Did you come across a gorgeous wallpaper that you’d love to see in your home? Don’t commit to papering the entire wall; apply only in look-at-me places, such as an art nook or inside a chair rail. The same idea goes for paint. Bring a cheery pop of yellow or soothing shade of green into your living room by painting a square above your couch or on an open wall.

3. Bring in a few statement pieces.

When thinking of living room design ideas, remember that it doesn’t take much to freshen up your space. Look for statement pieces in vibrant colors or bold prints, and arrange them around the room. You might opt for a uniquely patterned pillow or a one-of-a-kind knickknack from the Dallas Flea Market.

4. Perk up your color palette.

If you’ve played it safe with your living room decor, sticking to mostly neutral colors or blacks and whites, it may be time to pump up the energy. You can give your space an eclectic look and revamp the look and feel by bringing in some unexpected colors. Get some inspiration by checking out Pantone’s fall colors for 2015.

5. Forget about symmetry.

There’s no rule that says everything in your living room needs to be perfectly balanced. In fact, by throwing things out of whack a touch, you’ll do wonders for breathing new life into your room. Instead of centered directly over your couch, consider moving artwork off to the left or right. And instead of hanging a pendant light directly above a table, position it off to one side. By making these small tweaks, you’ll create a space that’s composed but not over-the-top organized.

There you have it: A few smart living room design ideas that go a long way towards reinvigorating the coziest room in your home. Which ideas will you try?