In a country house as rough hewn as a Catskill cottage, a TV can be jarring from a decorative point of view. For anyone dealing with a pre-flatscreen era set, there’s the “ugly factor” too. Over the past few years we’ve suggested a range of solutions for creating a tv niche that conceals a TV. Befitting a country house, this pair of large, paint-decorated shutters with shamrock cutout motifs seem well suited to the task. They look great above the wood bin in a rough hewn house with barn beams and a plaster fireplace wall.
Placing the TV over the wood bin takes it off center but it’s aligned so the shutters open flat back against the wall. With cutouts in the centers, no handles are required — just grab inside the cut out and swing the doors open. Repurposing vintage shutters for a tv niche is a matter of fitting them to the opening and making sure that hinges are hefty enough to support them easily. This application works well with older sets which tend to be especially deep. A large flat-screens would be a more complex project that might require a series of shutters fashioned into fold-away panels.
(Source: Country Home)
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