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Many of my clients are making the switch from their old TV’s to the new flat screen televisions.  From an interior designer’s point of view this is wonderful because it means they can get rid of the bulky entertainment cabinet.  Or can they?

Once we determine where the flat screen is going and whether or not it will be hung on the wall, the next question is usually what to do with the components and all of the wires.  My response is not to worry about it because the wires can be hidden and the cable box, DVD player, etc., can even be placed in a closet 2 rooms away.  Then I call in the experts.

The easiest and least expensive solution is to place the TV on top of a low entertainment unit that is made specifically for the flat screens.   These entertainment units come in so many styles and colors that finding one to fit your decorating scheme is rarely an issue.

If hanging the TV on the wall is your preference, usually it is relatively easy to bury the wires from the back of the screen into the wall.  And, there are many ways to disguise the TV if you prefer to not see a black rectangular screen unless it’s in use.

One option is to “frame” the TV as if it were a piece of artwork.  Mirrors that go from being reflective to clear at the touch of a switch, or artwork that rolls up inside of a frame when the TV is turned on are two possibilities.  Bifold panels that fold back (much like shutters) are another way to cover the screen.   These panels can be covered in a series of small framed artwork or painted with a mural to complement the homes décor.

In the master bedroom the TV is often fitted with a lift system and placed in a pretty chest at the foot of the bed.  Then with the remote, the occupants are able to “flip” open the top and have the TV screen rise for viewing.  I have even seen a smaller flat screen mounted in the top of a canopy bed at the “foot” end.  The TV then flipped down for viewing.  Ingenious!

Now that everything can be done wirelessly, the components can be hidden away in one central location and accessed from all areas of the home.  Of course this is accomplished the easiest when there is remodeling or new construction taking place, but I am constantly amazed at how adept at retrofitting and hiding wires electronic systems contractors have become.

Interior designers and electronic systems contractors often work together to assure that your electronic needs are met in a beautiful yet functional manner that works well with your home’s décor.  Knowing there are so many options will ease your mind, so sit back and let us take care of you.

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