Televisions have become a central part of most homes. Though they have come a long way they still don't have much appeal in the overall look of a space. So the questions becomes, how do I design a space around the television. This is a common question I get from clients.
I am a little old school in my approach to designing around a television. I love to create spaces that bring people together and encourage interaction. So my approach to designing around this modern essential amenity stems from the idea of connection.
When given the opportunity, I like to utilize solutions for hiding the TV when it is not in use. This can be a good solution in a room that serves many purposes or a living room. I suggest this for a few reasons; For one, when the TV is not in use it is essentially a big black rectangle with no interest that is typically on a focal wall. The other is that it can be a distraction and deter people from interacting. So when it is not in use there are some opportunities for utilizing the real estate the TV takes up on the wall, with a wall mounted media cabinet. The beauty of a media cabinet is that is can be customized to look like art on the wall, it can add texture and color to the room, and it can be designed to go perfectly with your space. There are also some great options for cabinets that are already made and may fit your space.
In some cases hiding the TV when its not in use is not a practical solution for the client. There are some great options that can make the media cabinet look like a built in or more customized wall feature. The floating ones are great because you can tuck additional seating under them. They can also provide storage for books and games.
These are great for apartments and spaces that you may not be able to design custom wall features in. They also offer additional lighting.
If you are not able to hard-wire your wall mounted TV and you have wires hanging down, consider using a cable concealer or paintable conduit.
There are so many options available for just about any aesthetic. The key is to select one that meets your needs and function of the space.
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Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various