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Use creativity to integrate TVs into interiors

The family room used to be the main television viewing room. Now, more families want them in their bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoors — possibly giving more evidence of our continual "cocooning" as a society. • Televisions have become ultra-thin, so the possibilities have skyrocketed in how to creatively integrate, or hide, them in interiors. In addition, these "customized" features can add to the value of your home, if done correctly. Here are some of my favorites:

mContemporary seamless design above fireplace

It is important to purchase or select your TV before the wall niche size is fabricated. This recessed niche is where your television will be mounted. In this case, the television and side speakers were recessed into a custom polished concrete cavity that was specifically sized with the dimensions of the TV and speakers. Also, when you do place a TV over a fireplace, make sure that you properly research the insulation and any other specifications needed to ensure that the television will not overheat from the fire.

mTraditional design above classic mantle and fireplace

This also was designed and planned on paper before any wall framing or drywall installation was done. This ensures that the television size again fits like a glove above the horizontal mantle of the fireplace. Molding and recessed shelves were also designed around the fireplace and television, the focal point of this family room. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, make sure that you are measuring everything for the right fit.

mAutomated drop down ceiling lift

Typically this kind of system is chosen when the homeowner wants to conceal the television when it's not in use. In this case, the homeowner had incredible intracoastal views with windows across from the bed. With the system, the television does not interfere with the view when not in use. With a remote control, the television moves quietly and quickly into the ceiling.

Vanishing television mirrors

Seura offers a way to perfectly integrate and hide your television. There is no separate frame for the TV; it's seamlessly installed inside the mirror. Watch your favorite shows while the television is on, but once you turn the TV off by remote, it completely disappears. The television's viewing sizes from Seura come in 10 inches and 19 inches, measured on a diagonal.

Televisions built into furniture

It is also possible to buy or design furniture that has the television and other media systems built into it. Check out "Hi Can" by This bed is virtually an "all-in-one-stand-alone-room" with everything needed to be entertained.

Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID, is president and principal designer of Studio M in Tampa. You can reach her at (813) 221-5260 or email her at [email protected] For more information about Studio M, go to

>>Fast Facts

Quick tips

and facts

• LED televisions are very thin, perfect for wall-mounted applications.

• Low-profile mounting brackets are critical when trying to nestle a television tight against the wall.

• Purchase a universal RF remote, such as the Logitech-Harmony 900, to avoid having cable boxes and other electronic equipment visible.

• The size of your television will dictate how far away your sofa or bed should be for optimal viewing distance.

• The size of a television is measured on its diagonal from one top corner to the opposite bottom corner.

Michelle Jennings Wiebe

Use creativity to integrate TVs into interiors 09/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:30am]
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