Ul­ti­mate me­dia room

Cambridge Edition - - HEALTH - NATALIA DIDOVICH

Winter is com­ing and that means swap­ping evenings on the deck for evenings around the telly.

The first step is pick­ing the per­fect sofa.

‘‘Be aware of how you use the room,’’ in­te­rior de­signer Ni­cola Man­ning said. ‘‘Is it sit­ting with friends and fam­ily talk­ing, or is it watch­ing TV? Or is it read­ing? Be­cause that can re­ally in­flu­ence how you con­sider a room and the fur­ni­ture that you need in there.’’

So­fas for ev­ery­day use need durable fabric. Cot­ton and li­nen are are an ideal pick, as is syn­thetic mi­crofi­bre, which can mimic most fab­rics and is stain re­sis­tant. Wool and leather are long-last­ing (in fact, they get bet­ter with age) but are the more ex­pen­sive op­tion.

If you’re still un­sure about which fabric to pick, ask the store for a piece of fabric larger than the usual swatch and place it where the sofa will go. View­ing the fabric in situ will give you a bet­ter idea on whether or not it’s right for you.

The most im­por­tant item in a me­dia room is the tele­vi­sion.

Most pre­mium TV’s are equipped with 4K res­o­lu­tion, but it is also im­por­tant to en­sure it has high­dy­namic-range (HDR) imag­ing. This is be­cause as stream­ing ser­vices be­come more and more embed­ded into our TV-watch­ing habits, the ca­pa­bil­ity to stream HDR con­tent will be­come vi­tal.

4K HDR is al­ready widely avail­able in New Zealand through stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix and its im­por­tance will only con­tinue to grow.

Other con­sid­er­a­tions you should make when buy­ing a TV is to en­sure the de­vice has at least four avail­able HDMI ports and that it has built-in WiFi (this is be­cause not all in­ter­net­con­nected TV’s have this ca­pa­bil­ity).

Sam­sung’s Frame TV is an un­ob­tru­sive tele­vi­sion that can be cus­tomised to dis­play art­work or fam­ily pho­tos when not in use. The TV can blend seam­lessly into a gallery wall.

JANE USSHER/NZ HOUSE & GAR­DEN

Just be­cause your home isn’t large enough for a ded­i­cated me­dia room, doesn’t mean you can’t cre­ate a me­dia zone in an open plan space.

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