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how much prominence does your TV have?

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hadenough111 Tue 19-Jan-16 16:38:22

In an ideal world there would be no tv in the living room and we'd have a telly watching room or 'snug'. Alas we have one room.

I HATE that the furniture is arranged around it. I can feel it staring at us when it's off and we're doing something else, like reading!

Of course we could just get rid of it but we don't want to do that.

Is there a compromise?!

wowfudge Tue 19-Jan-16 19:04:50

Stick it in a TV unit with doors

hadenough111 Tue 19-Jan-16 19:32:56

Is that a bit naff though?

Buttercup27 Tue 19-Jan-16 19:35:09

You can get really clever probably expensive brackets that hides the TV behind a painting or mirror. You press a button and it slides up revealing the TV .

wowfudge Tue 19-Jan-16 20:22:27

You asked for suggestions! You didn't say anything about tasteful wink. The TV doesn't bother me, but then ours is in an alcove on a stand that swivels - it is the biggest TV in the world because it is pre-thin flat screens. I couldn't bring myself to hang one on the wall. I would hate that.

wowfudge Tue 19-Jan-16 20:23:20

Ooh - Buttercup that sounds like something out of a Bond villain's lair!

Celticlassie Tue 19-Jan-16 20:25:56

Ours is hanging on the wall, against my strong objections. I've tried to angle the furniture so it's not all pointing to it but it's tricky to ignore.

Roobix04 Tue 19-Jan-16 20:27:55

Is it prominent? Well it's a 55 inch flat screen and while it is in a corner all our furniture is pointed at it. It's going on the wall right in the middle soon. This is so we can actually fit both my beautiful bookcases in which will frame the tv but hopefully make it less pronounced as the shelves will come out further then the bracket if that makes sense.

lavendersun Tue 19-Jan-16 20:28:58

We only bought a TV in November after 30 years of not having one as a grown up so it is all fairly new to us.

I would love to put it in another room but we have an only child and so it is in the room we spend the most time in together as a family, sitting room.

The focus of the room is the inglenook/woodburner, still, as in I haven't rearranged the furniture. The TV is on an old wooden chest on the wall to the right of the fire.

It wouldn't be ideal if we watched it every day, but it seems to go on about two/three times a week at the minute so whoever gets the sofa with the naff view can cope I think.

Depends on how much you watch it as to how much you can move it I think.

lavendersun Tue 19-Jan-16 20:29:40

I thought Bond too!

SingSongSlummy Tue 19-Jan-16 20:33:03

Mine is hidden in a tasteful 'armoire' - see pic!

universallyhated Tue 19-Jan-16 20:38:21

We have our tv in the corner and have one chair at right angles to it which faces the fire place but angled so you can see both and then a sofa at right angles to the chair with a coffee table in the middle whic has ornaments on it which provides something else to look at instead of just the tv. That takes the emphasis off the tv when it's off.

MotherofFlagons Tue 19-Jan-16 20:40:38

We have a 40in screen and DH knows (and partly agrees) that we shouldn't have a bigger one because it will dominate the living room.

Not being a big TV watcher, I absolutely hate huge screens that take over rooms. Our living room isn't big, but the TV is in one corner and we have sofas along two walls. I've made other focal points in the room, like pictures, tasteful chandelier-type light fitting, mirror, a couple of small but ornate bits of furniture/ornaments and not much else.

Hard to explain, the room looks kind of austere but the way we have it arranged means that you don't think 'TV' the first time you walk into the room.

Clayhead Tue 19-Jan-16 20:42:58

Mine's the focal point of our room, I love TV!!

Etak15 Tue 19-Jan-16 20:43:18

My grandparents always used to have the armchair in front of the tv - you wouldn't even have known it was there then move it in the evening - the only time the telly was on- when we used to go as kids we were never allowed to just randomly put telly on as my kids do at my parents now, we used to have to look in the radio times pick what we wanted to watch and have it on for that time only! Had forgotton all about that till I saw your pic sing song! Our telly is big and on the wall above the fire, I hate it would rather have something smaller and out of the way. Dh and his family are a bit different with the telly thing - they think it's meant to be the main attraction of the room and on constantly - with surround sound angry

hadenough111 Tue 19-Jan-16 22:46:31

Thanks for the ideas! I like your armoire Sing!

HaveYouSeenHerLately Wed 20-Jan-16 16:19:05

Are you any good at sewing? I considered making a slim jacket/ cover for mine, a bit like a padded tea cosy! I think I've seen them for sale too grin

HaveYouSeenHerLately Wed 20-Jan-16 16:23:41

There are some nice frilly ones wink

But you could make/ commission one with a design on the front to match your decor, google has a few ideas.

BeaufortBelle Wed 20-Jan-16 16:30:32

Ours is tucked in an alcove but it's only 32". More than big enough. We have one TV and won't be getting another one.

Buttercup27 Wed 20-Jan-16 19:43:56

I saw it on either a grand designs or a different house building show. It never mentioned how much it cost but it looked brilliant.
On one if the American house shows they put the TV behind one of those fake mirrors (like in police TV shows) and you pressed a button and the mirror disappeared and turned into the TV. how I miss maternity leave and day time tv

MrsPear Wed 20-Jan-16 19:51:10

Mine is too big - I lost the arguement in John Lewis - and I hate it. In an ideal world I would buy another bookcase so the alcoves match and have a tiny one pushed back on one of the shelves and have a reading chair. I can dream. It is not even on much and gathers so much dust.

MrsPear Wed 20-Jan-16 19:52:04

Oh and those mirror TVs are over as in another life I worked in trade press and there were always ads for them

Hulababy Wed 20-Jan-16 19:58:50

Ours is there, in the living room, and obvious and used daily. Its stat on top of a nice media unit, along with the sky box and DH's amplifier, CD player and turntable. I've managed to sneak some ice candles on there too, to try and counter balance a bit, lol. It's not too big (40 inch, very thin black frame) but needs to be a reasonable size - our room is fairly big and I'd never read anything on it if it was much smaller.

No one I know actually hides their TV away though. Mind, someone we know does just have theirs in a Tv room, so not in their living room I guess.

Hulababy Wed 20-Jan-16 20:06:40

And yes, our furniture is set up to point towards the TV.

goldglittershitter Wed 20-Jan-16 20:11:19

Ours is big (eurgh) , wall mounted (eurgh) & on the chimney breast with all furniture around it (eurgh). I feel like we live in a pub! Was outnumbered by DH n DCs who think it is phenomenal.

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