Family rooms and televisions seem to go hand-in-hand in most homes, but that doesn’t mean your screen has to dominate the look of your family room. Take inspiration from these popular new family rooms, featuring some clever design ideas for stylishly integrating a TV.
SCULPTURAL TV STAND
Just because you have a flat-screen doesn’t mean you have to mount it on the wall. There’s a bevy of sculptural TV stands on the market that might look better in your home.
ARRANGEMENT WITH A VIEW
One way to soften the presence of a TV mounted above a fireplace is to change up the room’s focal point. The design team took advantage of this family room’s stunning views of landscape by creating a furniture arrangement that emphasizes the view rather than the fireplace.
A large flat-screen TV takes up a fair amount of wall space, so finding ways to add interest to that wall other than changing up paint color can be tricky. You can cover the wall behind the flat-screen with shiplap, which adds texture and a classic touch.
FRAMED ABOVE FIREPLACE
Mounting a flat-screen TV above a fireplace is a design debate, and for those of you in favor of it, take some inspiration from this family room. A custom frame helps integrate the TV and hide wires that run into the wall.
BUILT-IN WITH HOME BAR
Another great way to integrate a TV into a family room is by adding custom built-ins. This family room has a built-in around the TV. To the left, a built-in bar with blue cabinets provides a fun spot to pour a beverage while watching a movie.
As this family room shows, there’s no reason a TV has to be mounted above the fireplace. Instead you can mount the TV to the side of the fireplace and added a built-in cabinet underneath to conceal TV equipment.
The flat-screen in this midcentury-inspired family room is also offset. Keeping the TV lower on the wall is ideal when paired with a low-slung sofa because it keeps viewers from having to crane their neck up.
SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE
The challenge was to ensure that the TV area was a focal point but also a refined architectural element in the room. A split-face stacked-stone fireplace surround plays against the smooth walnut paneling.
BLEND IT IN
You can also blend into the design, with the oak accent wall installed starting at the top of the floating cabinets. Not only does the feature give visual interest, it adds an organic feel to the room.
The goal was to keep the TV comfortable to view from the sofa. The success of the space is based on the unified color and material palette. It is based on texture and light rather than overwhelming pattern and color.
The subject of TV is always controversial, and we’re not even talking about what’s on the TV or how often it should be watched. Just the placement of the TV gets people going. But these days, TV hardware makes it pretty easy to tilt, turn and angle a TV, so you can get a variety of viewing options no matter how high you hang it.
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