Recently, one of my neighbors has asked me for help and advice about redecorating and reorganizing her cluttered studio apartment. She wanted to start anew, with a moderate sized budget and big time dreams of making her studio apartment a bit more cohesive in decor. After discussing possible paint choices, editing her collection of "things", and a discussion of maximizing her space, she mentioned how she had always wanted to upgrade to a flat panel television, but was unsure about price and how it would look with her decor.
This wasn't the first time a female friend or acquaintance has mentioned the importance of colour; several friends have asked about different colour choices beyond the variance of dark greys and blacks lining the electronic aisles (my neighbor actually preferred black, and I steered her to a 27" Olevia LCD that fell within her limited budget). There's really not much out there, barring some boutique brands from Europe or expensive contraption to just hide it away altogether. I know, I know...a panel should be neutral dark for optimal viewing. But let's be honest here: there are many people including myself who will trade in a little of that optimal viewing for better compatibility with our decor. So how important is the colour of the monitor for you?