Oh TV, how thy black (and sometimes silver) mass doth plague…….the general public. Well, that may be a little dramatic, but certainly there are varying thoughts on the subject of tv placement, so I thought I’d add a little more to think about to the mix :) I have helped a few friends recently move into their new homes and all three of them said they didn’t want the tv to be the focal point, which I tend to have that thought also. I am not too bothered when a tv is the focal point either, for me it just depends on what the primary function of your space is and personal preferences of tv display.
Love it or hate it, many a tv has gone above the fireplace (I’m not particularly bothered by that) or in the fireplace, or in front of the fireplace (hate that!), but there are other solutions. Particularly, when you do have a lovely fireplace and you don’t want a boob tube hanging above it, the placement can be a bit disheartening. Have no fear, there is more out there than just hanging your tv…especially if you’re in a rental or there is no stud where you want to place the tele. Some of these I like more than others, but none of them should be totally axed because there are different styles and spaces that we need to work with.
The easel idea in the first photo is pretty cool, almost whimsical and I love that it is so nonchalant. At first glance, I was trying to figure out what kind of painting it was!! I’m pretty sure the easel in the photograph was “made for tv,” but you can use a real easel and make some modifications, like so. Well, I was searching high and low for the photo I had come across awhile back regarding a tv with a sort of french gold frame around it, but I couldn’t find it (I think it was on AP). Anyhow, the photo above kind of gets this point across in more of a modern country chic way….which is still good and although this looks like a focal point, let me share my vision. So, with the tv being an accent, I can see the wallpaper (of your choice) being inside the frame only, between the frame (of your choice) and the tv. Then placing some kind of casegood (whether a small credenza, bookcase, or tv cabinet) underneath…but it should only be a smidge bigger than the picture frame. I think that combo would make a nice accent spin off from that photo.
There’s always the blend it and forget it model. I just made up that model name, but I do think it can work if you are working with picture/photo walls, bookcases, or collections, letting it just be “one of the guys.”
The above photo must be handled with extreme caution. No running, no horse playing, no kids, no throwing, and you must be aware of your tv at all times :) It looks great and I think I could handle it, but I don’t know many people who have homes where it would work. Although, perhaps putting it closer to a wall, where people can’t easily get behind it or run past it, or forget that it’s there. I did find a DIY of this on Ikea Hacker, you can put it in a lot of different places.
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