The last place some of us want to see a TV is in our bedroom when we’re trying to unwind, especially if it means blocking a perfectly spectacular view, like in this home. But even those lucky waterfront dwellers are not immune from the TV’s fatal attraction. On those days when reality TV stars are more compelling than shooting stars, a TV pops up from a console table at the foot of the bed.
Or, instead of a traditional (and heavy) TV, you and your home’s ceiling joists may prefer a descending projector. This arrangement solves the problem of how to decorate around a screen, since there’s no shiny black void to contend with: All you need is an empty wall. An audio-visual designer will work with you to find a suitable position for both the projector and wall “screen.”
If your morning ritual includes zoning out to Kelly Ripa’s caffeinated chirp, file this one in your Dream Home ideabook. Crisp Architects tapped Kent Kitchen Works to incorporate a decidedly modern amenity into the addition of this period home in Connecticut. With the help of Nexus hardware, they sunk a retractable TV into the kitchen counter. It swivels 360 degrees, and while the television itself is a standard off-the-shelf model, the cabinet was custom built to accommodate it.
Another TV that pivots full-circle can be found in this contemporary Hong Kong apartment. The 55” screen appears to float in the center of the media cabinet, but it’s actually anchored with basic Sony TV brackets! A setup like this works well if you have two adjoining rooms from which you might like to watch TV, or if you’d like to be able to flip the TV around when it’s time to prioritize human interaction without the temptation of mindless entertainment every time the conversation lags.
This must be one of the most elegant solutions to the TV conundrum anywhere. A TV embedded into a panel that functions like a pocket door slides out to cover the two windows. Besides discouraging TV use during the day (who would want to block all that light?!) it creates a dark media room for optimal viewing when closed. A “pocket TV” like this is truly the best of both worlds.
Moving the TV is only one way of tempering its influence on the room’s ambiance and decor. Something else, like a piece of art, might be the one doing the sliding instead. Naturally, a large TV will demand a large piece of art, so what begins as a reaction to an eyesore in the room can become a feature unto itself. Art isn’t the only way either: A barn door, or a sliding panel covered in wallpaper will double as an accent wall.
On a smaller scale, a little pocket door can be built into the wall above the fireplace. Since most fireplaces are, of course, not designed with the TV in mind, achieving this functionality will likely require significant labor and, therefore, cost. But ultimately, if you want a TV in the most comfortable room of your home and your spouse is against it, the money spent might prove a bargain compared to couple’s counseling!