Homefield RoadContemporary Living Room, London
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Create a media centreTV walls are a must-have for many contemporary homes, but they present two problems. First, the wall is dominated by something that, for much of the time, is nothing more than a large black, characterless panel. Then, to get the best viewing, the TV needs to be hung quite low. So why not anchor yours within a modular storage unit like this? Pick a fuss-free design in the same colour as the wall and you’ll focus on your favourite show, not the storage unit – or what’s in it.
Build around itThis great piece of joinery works as both a TV cabinet and handy storage furniture. A low run of cabinets below the television is ideal for storing cables and digital boxes, and even acts as a display space, while the tall units can house a whole host of different sized items. The lit shelves add some interest to the otherwise minimal design.Discover how to deal with an awkwardly shaped living room
Think about your viewpointWhen positioning any wall-hung piece, consider your viewpoint. This particularly applies to things you’ll actively look at, such as a TV or piece of art. Since you’ll mostly be watching TV on a sofa, the centre of the screen should be positioned at eye level when you’re seated. Depending on your sofa, that’s around 1m high. This is more about function than aesthetics, but both are important elements of good design.Art and pictures are often hung too high, so take into account the scale of the room and the average eye level.Discover inventive ways to display your art
Unwind in the eveningThe first step to an alert morning is a good night’s sleep. It’s best to start your bedtime routine an hour or two before actually hitting the pillow. Relax after dinner with some television or a film – invest in a soft, generous sofa for the ultimate in relaxation, and keep the lighting at a low level to help your body wind down.
Embrace technologyRather than just hanging your TV from the wall in the corner, or hiding it away in a cupboard, consider making the most of it by framing it with a bespoke cabinet or bookcase. In this example, sleek hi-tech design becomes an integral part of the scheme and is cleverly balanced with shelving and accessories.