The TV That Wasn’t There

The TV That Wasn’t There
Source: HGTV, Design: Sarah Richardson, Photography: Paul Costello, Styling: Frances Bailey
Source: HGTV, Design: Sarah Richardson, Photography: Paul Costello, Styling: Frances Bailey

The television set: A beloved source of entertainment for some, and a despised instrument of brainwashing by others. For interior design, it could be the bane of your space. Why?

  • It doesn’t fit the feel of your room. When it’s off, it’s like a black (rectangular) hole that sucks the decorate right out of your space!
  • It doesn’t fit the purpose of your room. You’d like your living room to be a place where conversations happen between you and real people.
  • It is the room. You love TV, but it’s so dang big, you need to enter a ZIP code when you use your remote control.

One of the best solutions out there for dealing with TVs, in big spaces and small, is to make it disappear altogether with a digital projector. Check out designer Sarah Richardson’s living room above. If you’re a day-watcher, get window dressing to block sunlight, because a darkened room is essential with projectors.

What happens when you’re done watching?

Source: HGTV, Design: Sarah Richardson, Photography: Paul Costello, Styling: Frances Bailey
Source: HGTV, Design: Sarah Richardson, Photography: Paul Costello, Styling: Frances Bailey

The projector screen goes up. Hide the screen with a box, like Richardson did above, or leave it rolled up on the wall. There are projector screens that have mechanized rollers, but old school pull-down is an affordable option, too. Dig the artwork that’s revealed!

If you’re in a studio situation, how about using the screen as a room divider, too, like Apartment Therapy‘s Small Cool 2010 winner, Chris Nguyen?

Source: Apartment Therapy, Design: Chris Nguyen
Source: Apartment Therapy, Design: Chris Nguyen

And this is what it looks like on the other side, watching The Royal Tenenbaums

Source: Apartment Therapy, Design: Chris Nguyen
Source: Apartment Therapy, Design: Chris Nguyen

Pretty neat, right? You might also want to consider portable projectors that can hook up to your smartphone and tablets (before projectors become standard on such devices), such as this one reviewed in Wired.

Tame your television set’s presence in your room! What other solutions have you come up with for your entertainment system?

Featured image source: IKEA Tenerife



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