First, built in flat screen TVs went into those low-slung media stands which quickly went out of favor because they weren’t well designed. Then TVs helped ramp up the vintage and antique armoire market so they could be set up and then shut away. Some, like Allison’s TV, were disguised behind sliding door panels. Then, hanging brackets became heavy duty and folks started to slap up a flat screen on almost any wall. Next came the media room where the flat screen stars. And this bunch shows how, finally, TVs are no longer treated like white elephants. No matter the size they are fully integrated, which is a fancy way of saying built in.
A combination TV-room home office [top] features a wall of book shelves with the TV at the center. The shelves are mounted on metal brackets like the old fashioned Scandinavian wall units of the 1960s. That allows for the space behind the flat screen for the bracket as well as a way of hiding unsightly electrical outlets and cords. Notice a speaker two shelves above. By sharing a home office workspace there isn’t space for a Blu Ray here. But a streaming device could be easily tucked into a USB port on the side, or set between books on a shelf.
Building a TV into a fully paneled wall scaled to a fireplace below gets risky if you ever want to make a change or something goes wrong. But it looks fabulous here, I think. And a modern gas fireplace, which doesn’t require a chimney, is an ideal solution for this arrangement.
A TV in disguise in this master bedroom gets the full sliding barn door treatment, complete with black wrought iron statement hardware and diagonal divided door panels. And this one sits over a working fireplace as well. For me, the doors seem unnecessary but it does give the overmantel a very finished look that fits well with the country styling.
This South Carolina room has a dramatic ceiling and diagonally paneled, colossal fireplace to match. I wouldn’t have thought to build such a flat screen into this chimney. The TV is larger than the fireplace opening and aggressively competes in my mind. But it is a practical approach which doubles up on the must-haves in a new ‘build.’
In a super rustic house, the TV has its own zone. A specially built hutch, with storage above and below, also has a nice central space for display. Tucked to one side of a massive fireplace, the placement makes good sense. Plus, it’s nice to see the flat screen get some custom respect.
(Source: ElleDecor, imgur.com, homedesigngreenenergy.com, homebunch, barnwoodcabinetcompany)
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