The average American household now has almost three TVs, a number that has been steadily increasing since the 70s. TVs have long expanded beyond the family room to include children’s bedrooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms. Even with today’s wall-mounted TVs, designers can be challenged to make a room still look attractive around a large black screen.
Fortunately, there are a few creative liberties a homeowner can take to make a TV work with a room’s design rather than against it. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Put a Frame Around It
With today’s wall-mounted TVs, homeowners can actually turn a TV into a work of art. While it can be pricey, a professional frame can be crafted to cover the edges of your TV, making it look much classier. If you’re on a budget, this do-it-yourself option will give you the look you want without blowing your budget. If you aren’t handy with a miter saw, you may be able to hire a local handyman or contractor to do the job for you.
Many homeowners have custom cabinetry built around their TVs. This serves two purposes: it improves the look of your TV while also providing extra storage. You can build shelving, cabinets, or a combination of both, using the space to show off pictures or hide electronics like gaming systems.
If you’d prefer a large mirror or painting to hang in place of your TV, you may be in luck. Solutions now exist that allow you to easily cover your TV with a painting or mirror when not in use. This step-by-step guide can help you with a DIY version, but you can also purchase frames that incorporate the technology.
Use an Easel
Easel TV stands are all the rage, with creative homeowners using them to make their TV sets look like studio canvases. The popularity of easels for TVs has led them to become commercially available, although they may be pricey for many budgets. If you opt to turn an artist’s easel into one for your TV, be sure it is strong enough to hold the TV without tipping. This decorator turned an artist’s easel into a TV stand very few issues.
One of the most attractive design choices for a wall-mounted TV is to incorporate it into a customized recessed area of a wall. This might not be an option for homeowners who don’t want to deal with major construction on the affected walls. Perhaps the biggest problem with this eye-pleasing option is that TV sizes change over the years. The recessed area may work well for the TV a family has today, but what about ten years down the road, when TVs may be different?
A TV can take away from the look of a room, but with a little creativity a homeowner can make it work well with the surrounding décor. Whether a homeowner decides to build around it, hide it, or frame it, the option should express the occupants’ personal style while also letting them still enjoy their favorite shows.