With around 95% of UK households now owning a TV set, many of us have the problem of how to display them. Do we use a TV stand? Hang them on the wall? Make a feature of them or conceal them in a cupboard? Build them into the decor? We take a look at some of the design ideas available.
Make a design statement
Incorporate your TV into part of the decor with a wall unit. Keep angles and shapes geometric for a clean, simple look. If you’re short on space, keep shelves open plan and back-less so the unit doesn’t form a single, solid mass, and paint the wall behind a light colour. This look works well in modern spaces such as loft apartments.
The bespoke Cubus unit from Wharfside can be designed to suit your needs. It incorporates cupboards to store everything you’d like kept out of sight, but the cupboard doors are mirrored to add light and space.
Keep it hidden
If you prefer a minimalist look, consider hiding your TV completely. If you have a TV in the bedroom, this is definitely something to think as it will change the look and feel of the room. Hide the TV at night, and your bedroom is transformed into a sanctuary. Open the doors in the morning, turn the TV on and raise energy levels ready for the day ahead. This look can work well in smaller rooms to stop them appearing cluttered.
This bespoke design from The Heritage Wardrobe Company uses mirrored panels to add light and depth.
Mix it up
Create a surprising juxtaposition by mixing a sleek, modern TV with a period or unusual stand. TVs themselves tend to be quite boring in design, so add texture or a splash of colour to draw the eye to the stand rather than the technology.
This mid-century style Matrix Media Unit is made from sheesham wood with copper metal cladding. The texturing on the drawers really catches the eye with their unusual tread bar design and wooden bar handles. There’s plenty of room for the TV, DVD player and even games console as well as storage for DVDs, discs, remote controls and gaming accessories.
Keep it minimal
Your TV doesn’t have to be a focal point if you don’t want it to be. Choose a table rather than a chest of drawers type stand, and the result won’t dominate the room as much. A glass table increases the feel of light and space – but be warned, it does show fingermarks! You’ll also have to keep everything looking neat as your satellite box, DVD player and wiring will potentially be on show. Add a couple of green plants to soften the effect.
This Neo glass TV table, £199 from Danetti, ticks all the design boxes. It has a neat, narrow profile, with unobtrusive metal legs and glass shelving.
If you don’t like the thought of your TV being on display at all, modern technology has several solutions available, including ‘magic mirror’ TVs that turn from conventional-looking mirrors to a TV at the touch of a switch.
For a neat-looking bedroom, how about this bed which has the capacity to hold a 32-inch TV in its headboard?! There are various types available in the range, but this ottoman style offers extra storage as a bonus (TV not included). Was £1,129, now £899, available from Time4Sleep.