For better or worse, televisions have become an integral part of our life experience. Groups of people gather around them to be entertained by their favorite comedies and informed by news programs. We eagerly cheer on sports teams and watch history unfold right before our very eyes. So, of course it would make sense that your television would be prominently featured in the center of your home.
by Abramson Teiger Architects / Jim Bartsch Photography
Unfortunately, televisions don’t always complement the design of your home – and you may feel as though your décor and electronics are continually battling for center stage. How can you integrate your television into your home without marring the design you’ve so carefully constructed?
1) One idea is to implement a media wall. This is a concept that essentially hides your television right in plain sight. In this case, the television is seamlessly built right into the wall. When the TV is switched off, it nearly disappears right into the wall, becoming a part of the design itself. However, when it is switched on, the TV once again becomes the focal point.
by David De La Garza / ZURDODGS / Photo by Joey Accordino, Blue Ocean Photography
by PROjECT. interiors, Aimee Wertepny
by Modern Home Theatre
Design by Richlin Interiors / Jerry Krecicki with Affordable Photography
2) Another option is to make the television its own piece of art. Place your flat screen where you’d otherwise place any other large piece of décor – such as above your fireplace, between two bookshelves or above a decorative table. Instead of trying to hide your television, celebrate it – especially if it’s a chic design. You may be surprised how much this element can add to your room.
Laguna Cottage by Darci Goodman Design
3) Lastly, if you absolutely, positively feel as though there is no way your television could ever add to the attractiveness of your home, feel free to hide it away. Invest in an attractive armoire or cabinet, and slide your TV inside. Simple open the doors when it’s in use and, when you’re done, simply shut it away – and far out of sight.
Pacific Heights Remodel and Addition / by EAG Studio
Presidio Hieghts Residence / by Marla Schrank Interiors
Riddling Rack Media Solution ($450) – from PotteryBarn