I’ve had several people ask me to write a post about decorating around the television. It can definitely be a problem when you really don’t want the focal point of the room to be a soul-less tv set. The most obvious solution is mounting a flatscreen above the fireplace so that both the focal points are both addressed as one. But it seems like that might be an uncomfortably high position for television viewing. And it just seems wrong to me, like an insult to the fireplace’s architecture.
Another solution is to hide the television with a piece of art that can be slid to the side, like the one in this photo, when you want to watch the tube.
The owners of this home decided that TWO televisions, one on either side of the fireplace, was the best way to balance the tv dilemma. Plus, a sports fan can keep an eye on the big game while others are watching a sitcom. Hey, at least it’s symmetrical.
I like that the designer of this room didn’t do the expected: hanging the flat screen directly above the fireplace. Instead, it’s off to one side while another piece of art counterbalances it visually. It’s the assymetrical solution.
At the Belmont-Hillsboro Tour of Homes this year, I snapped a photo which addressed television placement in a room with a fireplace. Here, they used a desk/console to the left of the fireplace so that seating could face both. Although it could have been improved upon with the help of The Decorologist, the assymetrical accessories above the fireplace help to distract from the television.
By mounting the television on this easel, the homeowners can position and reposition the television depending on where they want to be while viewing it. It is rather large, but I suppose you could roll it right out of the room when you are entertaining.
This undermounted television is barely noticable in this kitchen. It doesn’t look out of place because of the use of art and a mirror in unexpected places.
In this photo, the television is treated as sculpture and sits on a high and unexpectedly small platform. Not my favorite option . . .
I’m still a fan of the television armoire, provided you have an interesting and unique piece. Of course, armoires were popular for hiding televisions when they were more boxy. With the advent of flat screens, it seems people want to show them off – although I’m not sure the point of doing so. The new flat screens still fit nicely in armoires!
This is the flatscreen version of the traditional entertainment center. An alternative would be to integrate a flat screen into a library wall. At least it’s not ALL about the television in this scenario – books are entertaining, too!
I think the search for a flat-screen television console is the perfect opportunity to recycle retro furniture. Why not use that old retro stereo cabinet in your parents’ attic? They are often long, low, and fairly shallow - perfect for a flat screen console. If the furniture piece is hideous or worn out, a fresh coat of colorful paint can do wonders!
Now, THIS I like. The flatscreen is part of a salon grouping of black and white art and frames. It blends in amazingly well, even though there is no attempt to really hide it. The low console below grounds the grouping, but I am left to wonder: where are the wires?
What have you done to solve the problem of decorating around the television in your home?