Not all TVs look like the futuristic B&O BeoVision 12, and many can easily veer into the territory of eye sores in living spaces from an aesthetic perspective. Many of us go out of our way to conceal them, and most model spaces on design sites or decor magazines don't even include them. But for many of us, the single thing we use most in our living room - aside from the couch - is our television. So, why not embrace it and pick a display which harmonizes with the rest of your living room?
These days, most flat panels look pretty much the same--a sleek back bezel around a giant screen. But, as we all know, it's the details that make all the difference. Here are a few models that are a little more than just black plastic with an inlaid screen. They aren't the cheapest--especially at the larger sizes--but they sure are pretty.
The Samsung 8000 series is not only full featured, but features Samsung's "arch flow stand," which is definitely eye-catching. It also has one of the thinnest bezels out there, at only half an inch.
Finally, a TV that isn't all black. The LG 47LM8600 has an even thinner bezel than the Samsung above, and a great looking base, too.
The Sony XBR 4K TV is an expansive 84", ultra-high res next generation set only available from select stores. The attached speakers are an especially nice touch for an all in one home theater solution without extra wires or clutter, but everyone will be talking about the dazzling amount of pixels dwarfing today's 1080p displays.
If you're looking for something that really disappears, this ultra thin TV from Samsung, the UN46C9000ZF, is only .31" thick and has a brushed titanium finish.
A minimalist glass and metal display from Panasonic, the TC-L55DT50, is a little more modern and less tech looking than most out there. It also features a super thin base and complements a room abiding by "less is more" (as shown in the 1st photo above).
Do looks matter to you when you're choosing a TV? Most of the best looking TVs are also the most expensive, but a TV is something you look at everyday. Would you go for one of the above sets, or do you try and hit a balance between form and function? Let us know in the comments!
(Images: linked to manufacturers above)