TV’s are as important to my clients as their Dining Room table or king-sized bed. And because they’re larger, thinner, and lighter weight, there’s greater ease and flexibility about where to place them. Such freedom has led to a conundrum, however: whether to hide them or to display them for what they’ve become — today’s sign of advancing technology, almost akin to integrative artwork.
As an audio video company, our clients regularly have concerns about how to make sure their television doesn’t become the focal point of their living space or an eye sore. We asked our in-house interior designer, Kyle Ray, some tips on putting the action where you want it without hampering your aesthetic vision:
Hide it: If you prefer a traditional look, Kyle says: “I typically hide the electronics in cabinetry or a wall unit. Years ago, decor would not have included unsightly electronics,” he says. But because the newer TVs are much larger, a cabinet often has to be custom made to fit it and hide the gear, which can end up being expensive. The good news is that the slimness of modern TVs pares the depth and makes the cabinetry jut out less. “One of the most popular tricks we’ve seen lately is hiding the TV behind hinged or pocket doors”, he adds.”A piece like this one from Pottery Barn makes it simple to conceal the TV when not in use.”
Frame it: Sometimes the easiest solution is not to try and hide the TV, but to enhance it’s appearance in the room. SoundVision, LLC carries products that can frame your TV to create a clean, sleek look while the TV is still visible. “Most of what bothers our clients are the mounts and wires”, Kyle explains. “Since the TVs these days have such a small profile, all we need to do is hide the mechanics that hold the TV on the wall.” We also partner with local framing companies to create a customer one-of-a-kind look if the client wants something extra special.
Conceal it: We’ve all seen images of luxuries mansions with no television in site. Then, a slick hero in the finest fashions pushes a button and a piece of artwork rolls up to reveal a hidden screen. Well, technology has come a long way. And this is no longer just an image of dreams. Soundvision carries products from brands like Media Decor that allow the client to select from hundreds of pieces of art ranging from animals to abstracts. The price? Starting at less than $4000 including the artwork, frame, and motor, which is pretty reasonable all things considered. If you don’t find what you want from our selection, we can have any picture you want created into moving art. That’s just cool!
Reflect it: What if you aren’t as confident in your art selecting abilities, or prefer a look that is more subtle. How about hiding the TV behind a mirror? Or, to be more technical, inside the mirror. Electrostatic mirrors are an increasingly available technology. When the TV is turned off, it’s a mirror. When the TV is turned on, the mirror becomes clear glass and the game is on. Think it’s expensive? Not as much as you would think. And it’s no harder to mount and wire than a standard TV.
Overall, there are many options to accomplish your vision. These are just a few. “At SoundVision, we have over 80 years of combined experience in helping our customers achieve their visions”, states Kyle. “We aren’t just audio video guys, we are designers.”