Inspiration · Interiors

Watched but not seen!

Televisions; every living space has one and I don’t know about you but I find that they can really impact the aesthetic. Just a black box that can dominate a small living space, but fear not there are ways to distract the attention or even hide them away completely. Here are some ideas of how you can incorporate your television into your space and decor.

1. Paint a dark backdrop so that the screen almost disappears into the wall. Black walls are often avoided by most however they do have benefits and done in the right way can add to a space rather than dominating a space. Giving the black wall some texture such as paneling can help add interest, or when paired with a bold colour accent like the pink ottoman stool as shown below.

2. Whether wall mounted or freestanding, making your television a piece of art by blending it into a wall of frames can work well and why not set a screen saver that compliments the artwork or photos that surround it when its not in use.

3. There are often nooks and crannies in living spaces created by chimney breasts or columns that can be utilized to make the most of the space. Quite often you find that the fireplace is centered in the living space, which makes the placement of the television quite tricky, as unless you place it above the fireplace (which is not ideal as the height is often too high) then the television is most often off centre and sometimes hidden because it is set back in the alcove. One solution is to build a cabinet in the alcove with a flexible wall mounted bracket, this means you can adjust the placement of the television to suit the viewing and you get some extra storage at the same time! Another option would be to customize a freestanding furniture piece to house the television so that it can be hidden away when not in use.

4. Create a display with shelving and accessories to distract the attention and frame the space around the television, this way the television is not in isolation as a single black box on the wall, play with height to the level of the television; plants are a great way to do this you can either add a taller plant or have a hanging creeper on a taller shelf.

5. Create a folding display of artwork or photos, or depending on your style rustic shutters to conceal the television, this works well with a console or over a fireplace, but don’t forget to consider the height of the placement, some tips on this below.

With each of these options you will need to consider the mounting height to ensure that it is at a comfortable level and this is dependent on the size of the TV and viewing distance. According to DynamicMounting.com, a 42” television should be mounted about 56 inches from floor to TV center, a 55” TV should be around 61 inches, a 65” TV should be around 65 inches’ floor to center, and a 70” television should be mounted about 67 inches to the center of the screen.

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