The TV, a thing able to gather all family members, offers an exciting pastime in company of famous actors and amusing story-lines. In the recent couple of decades, the TV has evolved from an average design element into a dominant interior-forming factor. If the sitting room includes a home theater, the choice of finishing materials and arrangement of furniture are orientated towards providing the best possible sound and picture.
The two essential variants of placing a TV in the television room are on the wall or a stand. The wall hosting the screen consistently becomes the focal spot of the room. Let’s consider different ways of accentuating this taking into account the adjacency of the television to other interior elements and its position in the room.
Pros and Cons of corner TV placement.
The idea of accommodating the TV in a corner haven’t been extremely popular in 2020 interior designs. A corner television will, however, help save space in a small common room and make the picture visible from any part of the parlor. If you position it on a stand, paint the background dark, which will improve visibility and make viewing movies more comfortable for your eyes. There are several ways of arranging the TV in a corner:
- Mounts and brackets for on-wall installation. Make sure they allow for turning the TV away from the corner. When an adjustment of some cables is needed, you’ll appreciate this function;
- On a corner TV stand;
- In a plasterboard niche;
- In the corner section of a wall unit;
- On a corner chest of drawers.
The corner TV-set position is great for non-conventional interiors. If your living room boasts carved furniture of precious wood, gilding, stucco moldings, heavy velvet drapes and massive chandeliers, then the anthracitic-black screen of the TV will strike a sharp discordant note amidst this pomposity of the classic style. The simplest solution is installing the TV in a corner and veiling it with a movable, style-relevant screen or tapestry.
Fireplace and TV: Can they agree well?
The fireplace was some kind of a pre-image of the TV: the fire shivered behind the forged screen and one could behold this picture endlessly. In the pre-television epoch, the fireplace used to be the dominant element, the king of any living room and home as a whole. In modern US interiors, however, the chimney place and the TV have become bitter antagonists that contend for attention of room occupants and the focal spot role.
The best decision is to divide the sitting room into two separate areas by placing the fireplace mantel and the TV on opposite or perpendicular walls and separating the zones with seating furniture. The variant of placing the TV above the mantel shelf has been disputed fiercely by USA and UK designers in 2020-2022. The rub is that the screen is above eye-level of people seated on the sofa, which makes viewing less pleasant. For spacious living rooms this option is not recommended.
The style of a living room that integrates these two bright and massive elements should be restrained. You have to endeavor best efforts for the two to appear equivalent – otherwise one of them will constantly capture all the attention of your guests. Choose a design with simple clear lines and contrasts, so that the interior won’t seem heavy or over-saturated. Moderateness is the main principle of a harmonious living room with both TV and fireplace screens.
On-Wall TV Mounting.
The color scheme of the TV wall should adhere to the simple rules of combining interior elements. A penny plain example: if you place the television on a wooden panel of natural warm color and the whole room (including walls, flooring, ceiling, furniture) is designed in neutral tones, you have to add a few more warm-colored details into the interior to visually support the TV panel. Pillows or curtains will make a great fit. A shiny black coffee table will match the graphite screen of the television perfectly.
Plasterboard structures shouldn’t be dismissed, as they can be exploited to create a great place for the TV – a niche or a platform. It’s a fault not to underscore such a design with spot lights. They’ll give zest to the television room and help create a cozy, dimly lit interior.
Mount the TV within a wall unit to render the living room not only comfortable, but functional. A large flat screen easily fits into a symmetric arrangement of bookshelves. Such a step even allows for moving the TV to the middle ground, which is especially good for classic interiors.
Including the TV into a composition of on-wall pictures or photographs is another simple, yet viewy idea. You can also use family photos, posters or small sculptures. The best way to arrange the on-wall decorations is to place them symmetrically about the TV. Just keep in mind that the largest picture should be at most half the size of the screen.
The TV is easy to insert into a living room of any style, if you follow the recommendations given above. Wisely and delicately surround the black screen with colors, various shelves, pictures and other decorative elements to paint it into the design as a new essential detail.