You got a new TV — maybe a top-of-the-line 4D HDR TV, maybe an OLED as big as a movie screen, maybe a smart TV that knows what you want to watch without you saying it. While you can and should brag to your friends and family about your awesome investment in excellent entertainment, you should also consider how you are going to showcase your purchase in your home.
A world-class TV like yours shouldn’t sit on the carpet, propped up against the wall. It should feature as a prominent element of your interior design. Here a few ideas for designing around a TV set, so visitors to your home understand and respect your TV’s prowess.
Because you want people to see and be impressed by your TV, you don’t want to hide it in the corner of the living room. Instead, you should center your TV on the wall, which ensures that all eyes in the room will be drawn to your set’s magnificent picture and sound. The center of a wall is typically reserved for the most important feature or piece of décor, and since your TV counts as both, it deserves to take that place.
Plus, when you center your TV on the wall, you are giving the room design a sense of balance. Both sides of that wall should be kept symmetrical, which will help create a sense of peace. In interior design, symmetry is used to establish comfort and familiarity, which is exactly what you want to do in a TV room.
Sometimes, entertainment units can cover or outshine the TV set, which is exactly what you don’t want to happen. Remove the competition by mounting your TV directly to the wall and purchasing a small, subtle cabinet or shelf for devices like your cable box and gaming consoles. You should also tuck any wires and cords into the wall, so the space around your TV looks clean and well-kept.
With larger televisions, this process can be tricky and require specialized equipment and skill. Plus, in humid areas like Miami, TV mounting specialists will tell you to avoid hanging your set from any wall that could suffer water damage. Thus, it’s a good idea to get an expert in to mount your TV and hide the cords, so you have no reason to worry about your TV’s safety.
TV technology has developed in recent years to produce paper-thin sets with hardly any outer edge. This makes TVs look incredibly modern and sharp — but if the rest of your room doesn’t have those high-tech, clean lines, your TV might look out of place. Fortunately, you can change that by framing your TV as you would a picture on your wall. You can attach a regular wooden picture frame of the right size to the outside edge of your set using Velcro. This solution is fun because you can change out the frame periodically to freshen up the style of your room, or you can always remove the Velcro strips without doing lasting damage to your TV.
If your TV is particularly domineering — or if your wall is particularly large and blank — you might consider making your TV part of a gallery wall in your home. Gallery walls are trendy design features that allow you to hang an assortment of photos and artwork all on one wall to create a visual extravaganza. Your TV can make for a central, functional component of your gallery.
However, before you start hammering, you should do the right research to ensure your gallery looks gorgeous. You should arrange the elements of your gallery on the floor, taking careful measurements to ensure you drive your nails just right. If you are uncertain, you can always hang your décor around your TV using Command strips, so you can fix mistakes without damaging your walls.
After reading these options, you might be looking for a little something extra. You might want some drama and thrill upon showing your TV to friends and family. Here’s your solution: a secret reveal. What might look like a blank wall can turn into a television as your TV descends from a hiding space in the ceiling or wall. This is a good way to keep your TV out of sight when you don’t want it dominating your room’s design, but you can always get it front-and-center with the push of a button. Of course, this is not a DIY project; due to the complexity of the moving parts, you’ll want tech and construction experts to help you achieve your dramatic TV vision.