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29/09/2014

Creating a Living Room that Doesn’t Centre on the TV

living room bunting
Love this happy and colourful living space (image)

Whether you’re fed up of the TV taking centre stage, or you simply want to focus more on your family and less on what’s going on in the latest re-run of Friends, creating a living room that doesn’t centre on the TV is a vital yet challenging step that many homeowners are now taking.

Of course, simply saying that you’re going to make an anti-TV living room is trivial compared with actually doing it, but don’t worry – we’ve put together this straightforward guide to help you turn your living room from one where everybody sits and faces in the same direction to one where you’re all looking at each other. It doesn’t even really take much effort, once you know a few of the essential tricks.

Outside Looking in

The most important thing that you need to implement is the rearrangement of your existing furniture so that instead of all facing in the same direction, it’s all facing inward. Although this sounds like it would be straightforward, two hurdles stand in your way. The first is your own psychology, in that we’re so used to having our sofas and armchairs all facing in the same direction so it’ll be hard to break the habit. The other issue is that furniture usually comes in threes (a three piece suite, for example), and your living room most likely has four walls.


wall prints
Such a fun and stylish family space (image)


Fun for the Whole Family

Once you’ve turned your furniture so that it’s all facing inward, you need to now choose whatever forms of entertainment are going to replace your TV. The important thing here is that you find something for everyone. This could mean that on your coffee table, you always keep the latest issue of the graphic novel your son is reading, and if you have little ones, you keep plenty of toys and around the room.

guitar
We have a lot of fun with our record nook listening to music


Camouflage Your Entertainment Centre

On a final aside, if you enjoy sitting round the TV and watching something as a family, this style of inward-facing living room doesn’t necessitate throwing out your TV altogether. You could always hide or camouflage it, just so that it doesn’t take centre stage. The trick to this is finding an entertainment centre that blends well aesthetically with its surroundings, so if you have a mostly wooden theme, a wooden entertainment center like the ones available from Trade Furniture Company would be perfect.


camouflaging the TV
Stylish and chic way to hide your TV (image)

Ultimately, if you’re stuck for ideas of how to get your inward-facing living room looking amazing, there are plenty of places across the web that you can look to get some inspiration. Follow our advice, and you’ll be well on your way to a TV-less living space.

4 comments:

  1. I love that first one, nothing like a splash of colour to brighten your mood

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  2. fab images, such a great inspiration i love the second picture i wish my living room looked like that
    www.mybubbaandme.com

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  3. The first one os so bright and fun, love it!

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  4. I love the first one, but then I'm obsessed with bunting!

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