House Beautiful (UK) - - Hb Project Living Room -

 What­ever the size of your liv­ing room, it’s the view­ing dis­tance that’s cru­cial. Ideally, the dis­tance from your sofa to the TV should be 1.5 times the di­ag­o­nal mea­sure­ment of the TV screen.

 To save on space, wall-mount the TV – if it’s too dom­i­nant you can al­ways hide it be­hind cup­board doors.

 For ex­cel­lent pic­ture qual­ity, look out for 4K mod­els. Th­ese have four times more pix­els than a Full HD TV, pro­vid­ing a sharp im­age and rich colour. Most new TVs also have High Dy­namic Range (HDR), an imag­ing technology that’s

all about colour ac­cu­racy.  A built-in smart plat­form lets you watch catch-up and on-de­mand ser­vices at the click of a but­ton. Ac­cess to games and web brows­ing can all be done via your broad­band con­nec­tion.

 To­day’s TVs are so slim, there’s not much space for qual­ity speak­ers, so it’s a good idea to in­vest in a sound bar that sits in front of the TV or is wall mounted. An­other op­tion is a sound base, which in­creases the base lev­els and is de­signed to sit be­low the TV on a cab­i­net or stand. For full sur­round sound, place a 5.1 sys­tem of speak­ers by the

TV and be­hind your seat­ing.

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