The TV Dilemma

Lea SpongeBob Surf Club Mobile Media Center in Weathered Oak 03

The days of the over-sized TV cabinets whose express purpose was to hide the TV are thankfully over. Whilst the modern TV has become flatter and more aesthetic, it is still important that it does not become the only focal part of the room. Though we no longer have to hide the TV it is important that it blends in to the rest of the room design.

A TV placed in a family room or a kid’s playroom can be easily displayed in a fun and attractive media unit such as this one from Lea Industries. The additional storage space is perfect for storing games, toys or even clothing if it is used in a kid’s bedroom. The same idea can be used in a den and the surrounding shelves can be filled with books or pretty accessories.

American Drew Tribecca Living Room Entertainment Center

The TV in the living room is a little trickier, although it should be in a spot that is comfortable for viewing. In our family we like to make sure that the TV is not the focus of the room. Our furniture is placed in a way that encourages conversation as opposed to passive TV watching.

In our living room the fireplace is the focal point of the room and the TV is angled slightly to the side of the fireplace. It helps that our wall mounted TV can be swiveled so that when we do sit down to watch TV we can do so comfortably.

Another solution to placing a TV in the living room without drawing too much attention to it, is to place it on a beautiful TV stand such as this modern Modloft Eldridge TV Stand. Flanking the TV on either side with a beautiful pair of candlesticks or some interesting sculptures means that there are a number of interesting objects that catch the eye, other than just the TV. A low TV cabinet also lends itself to placing several shelves above the TV which can be filled with books, pottery and pieces of art.

Bassett Mirror Westover Entertainment Glass Console Table

A movable Entertainment table such as this Basset Mirror Entertainment Table is a perfect solution if you have an open plan living room or a loft space. The TV can be moved around for viewing and then pushed back into a corner when not in use.

For our family, it is important that the TV never becomes the focal point of the room and I prefer that other architectural features like a beautiful window or fireplace take central stage. If the TV is the focal part of your room however, make sure that it is housed in an attractive manner that compliments the style of the room.

About the Author: Allison Cooper is an editor and writer for Beyond Stores. In addition to her official capacities here at Beyond Stores, Allison blogs across the web on crafts, gourmet recipes, and the latest in interior design. When not hard at work, Allison enjoys pondering her own decorating projects, knitting, and raising her two sons, Marcus and Noah.

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