You don’t just watch TV anymore. It’s a media experience. From
the simplest TV on a shelf in a corner of the kitchen to a fully automated home
theater system, TVs are bigger and better than ever before. Even though they’re
skinnier than old fashioned TVs, they sure take up a lot of wall space.
Incorporating that massive black rectangle into a nicely
designed room is a tricky design problem for all of us, professionals or not.
Depending on your décor style, you may celebrate the technology of your TV and
equipment, disguise it or hide it altogether.
Important safety considerations: Install all appropriate wall mounting and
safety hardware properly, and anchor to suitable wall studs. Metal
studs may not be strong enough. Though flat screen TVs are thin, even small ones
are still very heavy.
These TVs can easily fall over, especially if a child or
pet tries to climb onto the furniture. To
help prevent injuries from use safety straps like these available at Home Depot
with your TV, as well as all bookshelves and dressers. Follow the manufacturers’
directions, or hire a licensed contractor to help you install the straps.
Is your space sleek and modern? Show off your technology with glee
In any room, your TV’s clean lines and shiny finishes will blend well with
ultramodern styles. The entertainment factor and usefulness of TVs and
computers is a huge part of our modern culture, so why not enjoy it in the
This "Muro" media hanging system from DWR
is a brilliant way to
proudly display your TV and equipment without tearing into your wall to install
supports. You will need to mount this system to the wall properly, however. And
you can paint or wallpaper it to match your wall for a sleek look. If you’re
not into DIY, hire a licensed contractor to help.
Ironically, the highest tech innovations are growing smaller
and more invisible, such as wireless features and remote controls through your
smart phone or tablet! So, in the future you won’t need to worry about where
all those wires go.
Want to minimize your TV and all the equipment?
For both modern
and traditional homes, or in any bedroom, disguising the TV and equipment with
built in or free standing shelves is a great way to go. If you don’t mind your
TV out in the open, but want it to blend into the décor, use dark wood tones
such as this shelving system from Crate and Barrel, below.
Or, compose your artwork and décor around your TV so it doesn’t stand
out as much.
This composition above, courtesy of Pottery Barn,
nice way to accomplish this, especially if you like a busy, rustic look to your
For fully hidden solutions, you can hide the TV in a cabinet or within wall
colored paneling, behind a roller shade with an artful design
systems that electronically raise or lower your TV from a piece of furniture or
the ceiling. Projector systems are also a viable option, particularly in home
If your TV will move out from its storage space for viewing, be sure to
finish off the hole, so it looks nice when it is empty for an intentional and
Provide adequate ventilation for your TV and equipment.
everything is all cooped up inside airtight cabinetry, the electronics could
Keep in mind the ideal height of the TV for comfortable viewing.
TVs are often mounted too high. Try to position your TV at eye level, but if
your room is large, or if your TV is huge, you could go a little higher.
Choose a TV that is in scale with your room.
Yes, our TVs are
getting larger, so our sense of what feels right is changing, but a 60 inch TV
in a tiny bedroom will be overwhelming. Save that for the family room and get a
smaller one for the bedroom.
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