Once upon a time, TVs were huge boxy appliances that interior designers really hated. Those things were so bulky and took up a lot of space in the room. To make matters worse, they didn’t look elegant at all!
Fortunately today, we have flat screen TVs that are much better able to mesh with your preferred room design. Here are some ideas on where your TV ought to be placed:
- Mount it on a wall. All you really need is a mounting kit for the TV, and in some instances it’s already included in your purchase. Just make sure that you can look at the screen directly and not at an angle, so if it’s a bit high up then it should tilt downward. You also need to make sure that your mounting kit offers enough ventilation space at the back of the TV so that heat can dissipate properly. Your best option is to get a mounting kit that’s expressly designed for the TV brand you bought.
- Place it over the fireplace. Many modern homes have a huge flat screen TV over their fireplace, since the fireplace is often the design focal point of a room. By placing your TV on top of it, you will have a unified focal point for that particular area in your home.
But there’s an obvious catch to this location, and that’s of course the temperature. TVs tend to have a maximum operating temperature, and that’s usually about a hundred or so degrees F. So it will help if you have a wide mantel under the TV to shield it from the heat. You can also play it safe by putting a thermometer close to the wall before you set up your TV there. And if your fireplace burns wood, then you better hope that the ash doesn’t land on your TV vents!
- Put it on a pedestal. This is one option when you don’t really have sufficient wall space for your TV. You can even set it up as a frame for your favorite digital pictures, so it’s like putting up an artwork or a framed poster. It may even be possible to set the TV to slideshow mode, so it will change images on a regular basis.
- Place it in a cabinet behind a door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? This keeps it out of the way when not in use, and its huge presence won’t be a design distraction for your room. Another idea is to put it within a book shelf.
So who says that a TV can make a room look ugly? Not with today’s modern TV designs, that’s for sure! Choose from any of these suggestions and you can watch TV without sacrificing the aesthetics of your room design.