Fall television is a big deal – new series, season premieres of old favorites and sports galore with baseball season winding down and football season just beginning. You might find that your television has suddenly become very important to the enjoyment of your living room or family room this time of year. But, do you always want it to be the center of attention? As much as we love our TVs, there’s no denying that a huge black rectangle can detract from the overall décor of a room. This week let’s look at some ways to keep all the utility of your family room television, while having its appearance be just a bit more subtle.
Customize with Built-in Cabinetry
A tried and true method, incorporating built-in cabinetry is a great way to keep your television out of sight and out of mind when not in use. The added benefit is all the storage space you will create with built-ins that not only keeps your audio-visual equipment neatly tucked away, but can house books, games, and other entertainment features for your space. Built-ins also can add to the overall look and décor of your space, becoming a focal point on their own. This option also allows for customization so that the end result provides both the look and storage you desire. And, when custom building a new home with CBI, we’ll design and construct built-in cabinetry and storage for all of your needs!
Install a Motorized Lift
Some of us might find this option a bit futuristic, but particularly in a transitional or modern setting, a TV lift can be somewhat of a miracle worker. We’re seeing more and more furniture on the market with built-in television lifts to tuck your screen away when not in use. For the more adventurous DIY folks, there are even motorized lifts that you can purchase to build or convert your existing furniture with this feature.
If we’re talking about aesthetics, it’s only natural to think about art. While a current trend might be to install barn doors that slide horizontally, a more contemporary approach is to use larger pieces of art instead. Hanging art on a sliding rack means you can conceal your TV, and also bring a classic touch of design to the space.
Unlike the other suggestions, mounting your television on a wall or above a fireplace doesn’t actually hide it. However, you can dress it up a bit. Shiplap has become ever-so-popular, and even big box retailers stock it. If you wish to mount your television above your fireplace, consider adding more depth and interest to that space by installing shiplap which can be painted or stained depending on your décor. A more traditional approach and aesthetic to mounting a television on a wall is to frame it. A custom molding that surrounds the television much like a picture frame can add an architectural detail to your room.
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