Neat niche in the interior – for TV and shelves
Over the past one or two decades, the place of the TV in the modern interior has changed dramatically. From just an indispensable design element, it has become one of the interior-forming factors, and in some cases it occupies a dominant position. For example, when it comes to a living room with a home theater (3D cinema) – in this case, the arrangement and selection of furniture, the choice of finishing materials is carried out so as to provide the highest quality picture and sound.
Wall-mounted TV in the living room – for evening gatherings with the whole family
The wall with a plasma panel is highlighted with color and texture
Mounting the TV to the wall can save a lot of space by adding spaciousness to the room, eliminating the need for bulky stands or TV stands. But hanging a TV on the wall is much more difficult than a mirror or a painting..
First of all, you should decide on the place where the TV will be installed:
- the main criterion is the installation height, ideally when the geometric center of the TV is located exactly opposite the eye level of the viewer. Such placement provides the highest quality perception of the picture. So you should definitely take into account the height of the sofa (chairs) – the higher they are, the higher, respectively, the TV should be located
- wall quality: TV – the device is quite heavy, a simple plasterboard wall simply cannot withstand 25-35 kg. Therefore, it is optimal to mount the bracket on a concrete or brick wall. Otherwise, when installing drywall, even at the stage of design development, you need to clearly imagine exactly where the TV will be hung. Then this place is additionally strengthened (thick plywood, mortgages), and special dowels are used for installation on drywall
- avoid heat: do not place the TV near heating appliances (radiators) or in direct sunlight
- gap: “TV on the wall” does not mean at all that it should be close to the wall, as an option – squeezed into a niche (between the shelves). On all sides, as well as behind, there should be a gap (at least 10 cm), which will provide ventilation and cooling of the TV. If this is not so critical for LCD panels, then plasma panels generate a lot of heat.
When deciding where to fix the TV on the wall, you should immediately decide what additional equipment (game console, DVD player, speakers, cable TV or the Internet) will be connected. On the one hand, it will be necessary to install the required number of outlets, on the other hand, to solve the issue of hidden cabling
TV is framed in a frame in the same style with wall decoration
TV on the wall is a must-have in a modern living room
The original design of the wall for the TV
Plasma panel + storage shelves – functional and elegant
A niche in furniture can accommodate any, even the largest wall-mounted TV
There are several techniques that will allow you to harmonize the TV and the space (wall) on which it is placed:
- TV built into furniture – manufacturers of modular furniture often provide a place for installing a TV. At the same time, two types of mounting can be provided for the TV – directly on the wall or on the back (background) furniture panel. Quite often, a place is allocated for the TV in the center, in the middle of the rectangle, which is formed by high side cabinets, an upper shelf and a lower cabinet. The option with dark furniture looks especially advantageous, when the TV receives not just a decent frame, but becomes part of the furniture, due to which the space becomes a single, monolithic
Convenient and functional solution – a screen built into the furniture
- install the TV on a wall panel made of plastic, leather, wood or fabric
The screen is positioned on a wood panel – a contrasting spot in the living room
- quite often the TV is placed against the background of decorative cladding with artificial (less often natural) stone or textured brick
An elegant reception – the wall on which the monitor is located is clad in brick
- if the living room is designed in light colors, in such an interior the TV will look like a big black blot. To minimize this imbalance, change the color of the wall on which the TV is located. For this, complementary (contrasting) colors are used in comparison with those in which the interior design is made. If the whole room is kept in the same scale, in this case the wall is highlighted with a shade that will be three tones darker than the main color.
The part of the wall designed to accommodate TV is painted in a rich blue color
- the TV, surrounded by pictures (photos) in thin frames, will elegantly fit into the interior of the living room – a composition is created, the center of which will be TV. It is important to keep the size – the largest picture (photograph) should not exceed the size of half of the TV screen. To balance the space, it will be good to place a large cabinet or chest of drawers under the TV. Together with paintings and photographs, you can also use medium-sized hanging sculptures or bas-reliefs
The TV in the center of the wall paintings is an original highlight in the bedroom
- inside a decorative frame made of wood, foam or polyurethane. Such a frame can frame a significant part of the wall, as well as the TV itself plus 20-30 cm of the wall around the perimeter of the TV. At the same time, the wallpaper in the living room can remain the same as on the entire wall, or you can use a more contrasting version of the wallpaper, which differs in color or texture
The TV is framed – the “picture” changes every day
- the variant in which the TV area is combined with several rows of hinged shelves will look original. The shelves can be decorated with photographs, souvenirs and trinkets, but do not overdo it, otherwise, when viewing, the gaze will be involuntarily distracted by them. Plasma panel will look good in the middle of a composition of bookshelves arranged symmetrically around it
TV surrounded by wall shelves – a practical reception in the living room
- TV in a niche made of plasterboard. The shape, size and geometry of the niche depends on the overall design. Such a niche can become the center of a whole composition, which will replace traditional cabinets and shelves, the rest of the niches can be decorated with wood or mirrors, illuminated, and closed with glass doors
TV monitor and fireplace recessed into niches – a sleek minimalist trick
TV on a rack for equipment – in this case, you can place both the TV itself and a significant amount of equipment (satellite TV receivers, DVD players, speakers, etc.). Depending on the models, the design can be rotatable or with a rigid fixing of the TV.
TV VS fireplace
In the pre-electric era, the fireplace was the main dominant of the living room, its king, a kind of prototype of the TV – a flame played in a rectangular screen, which, as you know, can be watched endlessly. In a modern interior, a fireplace and a TV are the worst antagonists, fighting for the main role in the room, drawing attention to themselves. The best option is to divide the living room into two zones, spreading the fireplace and TV to opposite walls, upholstered furniture (sofa) will mark the border.
A controversial option is placing a TV over the fireplace. In this case, the screen turns out to be much higher than eye level, which means that a comfortable viewing will not work. So this issue should be considered even at the planning stage..
Fireplace and TV areas are visually separated from each other by finishing
Successful neighborhood of a fireplace and a TV monitor in the living room
Wall decoration with fireplace and TV is made in the same style
The fireplace is located in the corner, still giving priority to the TV
TV and fireplace are located on different walls
Carved furniture of expensive and rare species of trees, gilding, stucco molding, heavy velvet curtains, massive chandeliers, Flemish lace – and among all this pomp of the classical style, an anthracite-black rectangle of a TV will look like a toothache as dissonance. A half-hearted solution is to place the TV in a massive wooden frame (or made of polyurethane moldings). It is much easier to hang up the TV and disguise (hide) it. For example, a movable screen or tapestry. Or just hide the TV behind the doors of a small wall cabinet.
In a classic interior, a TV framed by a picture frame will look harmonious
TV blends in with the dark trim of the living room overhang
If you turn off the TV, a funny “blot” forms on the wall.
Black TV on the background of black furniture – and technology will not spoil the classics
The TV in the children’s room is disguised as a zebra toy