By Tracy Martin Taylor
It’s fall. The obvious images arise of golden leaves falling, pumpkins appearing in everything from your front porch to your latte, and of course: football. In our football town/state this is serious. Despite our female-ness, many of us girlies love Sunday football. And I must admit the only time (I can think of) that I actually really scared my adorable little one, was when she witnessed me suddenly shoot straight up off the sofa while screaming at the TV during an unfortunate play. I think it was on fourth down but I digress. So here’s my design reality: the TV is a key part of the home.
TVs are like ceiling fans to the interior designer. We hate them. We know it’s Texas and a ceiling fan is necessary but we really (pretty please) wish that a stellar chandelier could live in your master bedroom instead. BUT even as a designer, I am pro-function so I support the necessities. A TV is a requirement and since we are in Texas where bigger is better; the TVs are growing as I write this piece.
Here are some ways to make the digital monstrosity co-exist in your home without fighting with the rest of your décor:
- Dark paint solves a lot of problems. A large TV on an accent wall with a Charcoal or even Chalkboard paint behind it magically disappears when it’s not on. My fave colors are Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal, Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black, Jeff Lewis’ Carbon or Mud and Sherwin Williams’ Dovetail. Trust me, it’s genius.
- Wallpaper is also a fab way to give your flatscreen a home. Anchored on top of a deep grasscloth paper like Schumacher’s Bamba Rushcloth in Ash or Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp in Ochre give your shiny futuristic wall-hanging an earthy base.
- Mantle vs TV = war. Sometimes the mantle is the best place for the TV to land. There are many architectural/design tricks to installing it successfully, but assuming that’s covered, it’s all about the background. Use color strategically to minimize its presence either with paint or with stone. A neutral and warm stone fireplace can balance the screen and make the focal point of the room focus worthy.
So give technology a break and embrace it. With a little bit of strategy, football Sunday will be even better.
Love your space,
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