Todays’ blog is a guest post from Chris Hoole of www.frameyourtv.co.uk
Modern TVs offer a range of features – with better colour, sharper images and quality sound systems. All well and good, when they are in use, but despite several generations of TV production and manufacture they still don’t fit into every room and design scheme. TVs are not all the same size – but the design seems to be a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Admittedly they are less boxy than previous models – but what we have lost in “boxiness” we’ve gained in screen size. Home cinema is great – but for those quiet times without the TV actually on, do we really want a multiplex hogging half the room? Add to this the domestic features that many manufacturers don’t always take into account – cats and toddlers – then the risk of damage to modern TVs is pretty high. One well-placed cat or strategic toddler can cause far more costly damage in a second, than used to be possible with a hefty box of a TV.
Thankfully, some bright spark came up with the idea of wall mounting. Flat screen TVs are perfect for locating out of reach when it comes to sticky and surprisingly strong fingers or paws. While wall mounting can certainly get the TV out of harm’s way it doesn’t exactly lessen their visual impact. Again, this is great when they are on, but leaves something of a black hole in the room when off. A range of solutions can help to minimise the impact and amongst these is the simple, but effective idea of framing your TV. Let’s face it, whether we like it or not the TV is a feature and often the focal point in a room. By framing it you might think that you are focussing yet more attention on the TV – and in some ways you are – but a frame can help to incorporate the TV into the room. Using a frame that uses the same materials or colours in the rest of the room can actually help to tie the TV into the overall design. Most TVs are plain black – even if the surround isn’t the screen will be – and black is not a colour we are heavy handed with in when it comes to paint choices. By softening the colour of the TV with a frame you can incorporate it into a broader colour scheme – and a frame makes it look more like a piece of furniture than simply a utility object.
Additional options for framing your TV come in a number of guises. A picture, print or other artwork can be incorporated into many frames – using a motor to either hide or display the TV as required. This is a great way to disguise your TV when it’s not in use and can offer a solution that meets both your design ideas and the functional requirements from the TV. A similar and rather brilliant solution is to incorporate mirror glass – specially designed for use with TV screens this turns the TV into a functional and decorative mirror when it’s not in use, and reveals its true nature when you want to sit back and enjoy an evening’s entertainment.
Traditional crafts and technology
There are a range of manufacturers offering designer, bespoke and handmade TV frames. Using traditional joinery skills they can create a frame that suits your home – in just about any style or colour you could choose. Depending on the size or number of TVs you want to camouflage the cost will vary – but even handmade TV frames are competitively priced. There’s a good chance that a well-made frame – mirror or otherwise – will outlast your current TV model and remain in place for TVs to come!
TV Mirrors are an attractive, functional solution to the age old dilemma of where to hide the TV, www.frameyourtv.co.uk create hand crafted frames for any size TV and to suit your personal interior design.