Now that slim, lightweight TVs using LCD and LED technology are being widely marketed, homeowners have a much wider range of options for TV installation. If you are buying a flat screen television and do not mind creating a permanent installation area for it, you can design a built-in wall system. This type of design results in a sleek and modern entertainment centre.
Modern Fireplace Model
Instead of simply hanging the TV above a mantle (a common option for most living rooms), try a more contemporary option that combines the fireplace and TV into a seamless surface. These designs extend the front of the fireplace into a wall that can also hold the TV, making the TV an integrated part of the fireplace mantel. This extended fireplace exterior is typically reflective, a smooth, mirror-like surface ideal for contemporary and minimalistic home designs.
Mounting a TV below a shelf is an excellent way of minimising its effect, but you can take the design one step further and construct a wall to hold the TV underneath a shelf. You can install windows up above the shelf to heighten the inset effect--the shelf will keep the light from falling directly on the TV but also lighten up the room.
You can also consider installing your TV into custom cabinetry that is attached to your wall. You can either create a separate cabinet space for the TV to fit into, or remodel an older, permanent wardrobe or cabinet space to make room for a TV in the unused space (an ideal solution for a bedroom TV). This works well if you want to install woodwork into one of your walls but still need a place for your TV.
Room Divider TV
If you have a loft-style room or use a room divider to separate out a large area in your house, then you can install your TV into the room divider. This works well if you have a contemporary glass room divider or another unique style that can support a TV and its connections. Room dividers may also be movable, giving you a wider range of choices about where to install the TV.
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