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Like it or not, television is an important part of our lives. Nearly everybody has one and, as a result, we need to incorporate them into our homes (fortunately, today's TVs are a lot less obtrusive than even those from a few years ago). While some homeowners choose to minimize the impact of their TVs on design, others go the opposite route, making TV the central focus – even the theme – of a room. There’s no one right way to design around the television, but here are some ideas that don’t make me want to change the channel:
This symmetrical space hits just the right balance, making the TV a focal point without it dominating the room. The room is built for conversation with sofas and chairs arranged in small groups facing one another. However, the TV still plays a prominent role, anchoring one end of the room.
This minimally decorated space is devoted to TV-watching, but doesn't skimp on design. The slightly curved sofa softens the sharp angles of the TV and walls and cool colors are warmed up by bright artwork just outside the main space.
I love the clean simplicity of this space. White walls and furniture are dressed up by just a little bit of black and neutral green. Since the TV is set back and has little in the way of decoration, it's a focal point only when on.
While unobtrusive is the way to go for some people, others wholly embrace the constant connectivity TV offers. This design makes room for not just one, but three individual sets - perfect for the cable news junkie or sports fanatic.
Fanboys gone wild. True, this look isn't for everybody, but I can't help but admire the passion of this homeowner. Plus, how cool would it be to watch a screening of The Dark Knight in this space?
Experts are mixed on the value of having a TV in the bedroom, but I love the way this one looks. It's simple and minimal against a warm wood wall, and is nicely complemented by the modern, translucent sliding door.
Television over the fireplace is a bit of a new classic. I like how this one's color scheme blends in with it's dark background, and the way the bookshelves flank a technological center.
This design hits two birds with one stone. Instead of buying a TV specifically for the kitchen, this open floor plan and TV placement lets the chef watch cooking shows along with the rest of the family.