Flat Screen TV’s

Do you have a flat screen?  Gone are the days of media centers or armoires.  But what do you do with the components?  Where does your Blu-ray player and DVR live?  And the biggest question of all… how do you get that pesky TV on the wall, anyway?  This is new territory for the decorator and many are making it up as they go along.  There are no rules.  Functionality and appearance must work hand in hand.  I’ve had so many people ask me about this lately, so here are some different ways for hanging your TV and storing your components.

My favorite scenario is the TV on the wall with a buffet/sideboard/built-in underneath.  Some of the photos below have the TV on a stand on the sideboard.  For this option, the wire will need to be run up behind sheetrock so that the wires do not show.

Photo from Palmer Weiss Design via Cococozy Blog.

living rooms - TV white media console cabinet parquet wood floors  The placement of art and accessories makes the TV part of an arrangement.

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living rooms - wall media unit built0ins cabinets shelves microfiber sand sofa blue brown pillows blue walls paint color living room TV  Alisberg

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basements - chocolate brown velvet chairs blue silk lumbar pillars photo gallery silver lamp white rocking armchairs wood square dining table white media cabinet white glass vases chrome glass plant stand gray floral rug basement

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living rooms - wood entertainment center media unit modern wood coffee table white leather modern tufted chairs white lacquer tray silver candle holders gray walls paint color living room

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media rooms - ivory sectional chaise lounge black velvet pillow throw chrome pharmacy floor lamp black rolling library stairs ivory black window treatments drapes black white photo gallery ivory built-ins cabinets shelves entertainment center black vases accents ivory shag rug

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Above the fireplace is also very popular.  In all honesty, I don’t really like this option.  I understand the necessity.  Many rooms offer the fireplace as the only focal point.  The only way to arrange the furniture is around the fireplace.  This makes things difficult.  My problem with this scenario is ergonomics.  Every fireplace is different, but most of the time the TV ends up way too high for comfortable viewing.  Decorators, however, love this option.  Probably for the reason mentioned above.  I guess architects need to start building dens and family rooms with walls meant for TVs. Also, where do you put the components?  They have to go in a piece of furniture somewhere in the room or a closet close by.  This can be difficult.  The electrician will have to run the wires (expensive) around the fireplace and somewhere away from that area.  My biggest pet peeve is “showing wires”.  This can be a dilemma with the fireplace for obvious reasons.

Photo from Meredith Baer & Associates via Cococozy Blog.

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living rooms - Benjamin Moore - Grant Beige - Travertine Subway Tiles custom mantle flatscreen fireplace travertine subway tile TV over fireplace

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living rooms - wine barrel chandelier black table ivory linen sofas black white pillows nesting tables limestone fireplace floor lamps built-ins cabinets shelves gray white drapes TV over Fireplace

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bedrooms - blue gray velvet chairs oval ottoman polished chrome table fireplace built-ins bookshelves cabinets mirrors geometric rug sitting area TV over fireplace

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living rooms - black hairhide ottomans barcelona cocktail table linen chair modern velvet sofa marble fireplace console table mirror art taupe walls TV over fireplace

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living rooms - white sofa sand beige chairs nailhead trim blue circles pillows black coffee table zebra chair silver garden stool wainscoting beige walls built-ins TV over fireplace

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living rooms - white slipcovered sofas modern fireplace glossy black cocktail table eclectic art gallery sisal rug black vase TV over fireplace

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living rooms - gray blue black white damask roman shades fireplace marble built-ins cabinets blue rug gray recliners chairs ottomans built-ins cabinets family room ivory cream walls paint colors living room TV over fireplace

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I hope this post has given you some good ideas.  To be honest, I didn’t really find what I was looking for today…  I was hoping to find more pics of TV’s with buffets underneath.  I need more examples for arranging accessories on the buffet.  I will keep working on it and let you know what I find. That first picture is the best I’ve found so far.  I love all the photos with the table lamps flanking the the TV.  I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend!

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