Helpful Home Decorating Tip | Indialantic, FL Real Estate | Carolyn Smith, Realtor

Posted on: February 23, 2012

Carolyn Smith, Realtor – Indialantic, FL Real Estate: Helpful Home Decorating Tip… Read on to find out how to balance your brand new flat screen TV in a big or small-sized family room!

Gone are the days of hiding our televisions inside a piece of furniture – we no longer find ourselves trying to decorate around a large entertainment center, armoire, or TV stand that takes up half of the room. With today’s flat screen TV’s which are thinner and lighter than ever, there are many more options – hang it on the wall, put it on a shelf, or place it on a small piece of furniture. Now that televisions are slightly easier on the eyes than our old sets, and we can outwardly display our TV’s without trying to lock them away when not in use, the new question we need to think about becomes “Is this television the correct size for this room?”

As televisions keep getting bigger, and our homes are tending to be smaller, we need to find the appropriate size TV for the room, as well as figure out where the TV should be placed in the room for optimal viewing. I recently read an article on about this very subject and I found it so helpful that I wanted to share it with you! Turns out there is a mathematical formula to calculate the optimal distance from which you should be viewing your fancy new flat screen. Hooray, no more long drawn-out arguments, just simple math to solve this TV dilemma!

When buying a new TV, or deciding how to set up your couch/TV area, the first step is knowing the size of the room. Then, you must know the size of your television. And no, even though many people (my husband!) would disagree, the biggest TV is not necessarily the best for everyone. In my house, our family room is not huge, therefore, we should not buy the biggest television in the store. So, the basic rule of thumb is that you should take the size of your TV (which is the diagonal measurement) and multiply it by 1.5 to get the minimum distance you should be sitting from the screen. For example, if you have a smallish television, like 26 inches, the optimal viewing distance is 39 inches, or just over 3 feet. Therefore, this is the perfect size television for a small room. With a 40 inch TV, which is a more common size, the optimal viewing distance would be 60 inches, or 5 feet. But even if you have a small room, if you can find a place to put your TV that will allow you to sit 5 feet away from it, you’re golden – the fit works. It is also important to note that the higher the resolution of your television, the closer you can sit to it.

Once you figure out the correct size TV for your room, you must decide where to hang it or place it. Most times, over the fireplace is just too high. The rule of thumb for television height is that the TV should be positioned so that your eyes are level with the bottom third of the display.

So, that’s it! Simple, right? Here are some photos of ways to display your flat screen television without making it the “centerpiece” of your room:

Hide your television among similarly sized artwork

Frame it up like it's artwork!

Disguise it within a gallery wall

Okay, I really just love this room, although the TV is pretty obvious!

Camouflage it on the wall... brilliant!

If you now realize that you need a new home so your television will fit properly, give me a call and we can start looking at new, TV friendly homes immediately! We can find your perfect home in the Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, West Melbourne, Suntree, or Viera area – call me, let’s start looking!

Start your dream home search right here: Carolyn Smith Realtor Website

Whether you are buying or selling, it would be my pleasure to represent you!

Please call or email me today to review your real estate needs!

Contact me, Carolyn Smith at:

Phone: 321.271.0870


SRES – Accredited Seniors Real Estate Specialist

CDPE – Certified Distressed Property Expert

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Images via DecorPad, Pinterest, Lonny, Style at Home, Elements of Style blog, Jerry Jacobs Design Inc

1 Response to "Helpful Home Decorating Tip | Indialantic, FL Real Estate | Carolyn Smith, Realtor"

Beautiful ideas!


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