Creating an All-Star Space

Attention, Sports Fans! With baseball season in full swing, you want to maximize your television’s viewing possibilities before the World Series rolls around. Whether you get a new big screen from Paul’s TV in Art Van, or just plan to make the most of your current set, there are a few basic guidelines to make sure your television set-up hits a home run.

Westwind Entertainment Collection

The size of your TV often depends on the room. For a kitchen or bedroom, you can easily view something like a 24-inch screen, but for a family room or home theater, you should go as big as your space and budget will allow. Start by measuring the room you’ll use. If the TV will be against a wall, that space should be at least a foot wider than the base of the screen, to allow for the frame and ventilation (you don’t want it overheating during the seventh inning stretch). If the TV is on a console or in a wall unit, there will be six inches to a foot of space behind it, bringing it further into the room. The TV should be proportional to the furniture, or you risk having an off-kilter room, or worse: damaging your expensive equipment on a too-small console.

Your room’s seating is also very important when deciding the right TV size. For rooms with seven or eight feet between the sofa and the TV, 32 or 36 inches is a good size screen. For a larger room, with 10-12 feet between the sofa or recliner and TV, you can go as big as 50 inches. Keep in mind, sitting too close to large screen may cause the pixels to be distracting and make it hard to watch. But if you’re too far away, you’ll miss the “movie theater” impact, and all those slo-mo replays and “outta the park” hits will lose their thrill factor.

By carefully choosing your furniture—and television—you can make the most out of summer sports, and have a rocking room the rest of the year.

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Ty Pennington Comes Home

Ty Pennington and Art Van's, Diane Charles

Now you can bring Ty into your home – with his fresh new furniture line just introduced at market today.  “I’ve taken the colors I love from my own home, and introduced them into my new collection.” Colors from nature abound in the collection – neutral washed by the sun- including earth brown, sand, ocean blue, moonbeam and midnight black.  These soft shades mix with nickel finishes and painted woods, with pieces designed to flow between styles.

Ty Pennington

Ty shows function through use of nickel and wood

Gray is the new neutral

Say goodbye to beige – gray is the new “it” color. Any shade of gray works well as a base, allowing you to layer on soft tones of lavender, sand, blue and green.  Even the free treats given out at the showrooms include pearl gray M&Ms! Light woods are everywhere, and rustic finishes on modern shapes let you bring the warmth of rustic into even a contemporary home.  Overall, colors are softer and more soothing – perhaps to comfort us as we rebound from the cold winter months!