For a long time we’ve shown strategies for hiding the flat screen tv. Now’s the moment to switch that up.
With the television expanded to mural size, designers have accepted it as a necessary element of decor as well as a focal point on the wall. More and more that’s what I’m seeing and it seems like the most modern approach. With many of us living informally, rooms tend to be multipurpose so it’s often difficult to determine whether the flat screen tv is in the living room or in a media room — and why should it even matter?
One young designer, Ukranian Sergey Makhno, puts huge them in every room and incorporates them very well. I also love his neutral palette [top], his luxe surfaces and imaginative ways with lighting. In a contemporary apartment, polished stone is used to make a wall partition a focal point in contrast to the highly textured walls a few steps away. It’s interesting to note that this décor can be reduced to three tones – light, medium and dark. The massive flat screen tv is darkest of all but the nearly-as-dark coffee table helps balance out the scheme.
In another Makhno interior, the black, wood-paneled wall is scaled to match the size of the flat-screen and helps it to disappear into the wall. The corner of the long, low fireplace touches the corner of the tv and acts as a balancing element in a discreetly geometric wall. I think this is a simple but brilliant arrangement.
The same two elements: flat screen tv and fireplace are treated very differently by Million Dollar Decorator Jeffrey Alan Marks. With two furniture groupings suggesting different functions in the same open space, the media side is clearly defined by a niche containing the tv and a fireplace. I must confess I don’t love the prominence of the speakers flanking the flat screen. And it seems a shame to hide the firebox under such a huge shelf and give so much prominence to vases. But the framing does provide a place for accent lighting at night.
A house in Israel has a media room that opens to the outdoors. Gorgeous. Here, the flat-screen is simply hung on a short segment of solid wall. This is likely a compromise since the tv isn’t easily viewed from the sofa. More likely, it’s the only place it could go.
If there was a higher bed and a rug that wouldn’t trip me in the middle of the night, I would be thrilled to move into this bedroom (even though it’s in Crimea). Simple, elegant and peaceful you just roll into bed and hit the remote.
Flatscreen-over-fireplace means that the tv has replaced art in a very traditional placement. And how lovely to have a fireplace in a bedroom large enough to include a pair of comfy lounge chairs and a table. No crumbs on the sheets here.
(Source: SergeyMakhno, jam-design, homedsgn, b+gdesign)
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