TV cabinets have come a long way since there simple past and use. Throughout the years, interior design has had its influence hugely change the form and function of this common place furnishing that finds its place in almost every home. Before you purchase a vintage TV cabinet there may be some things you might need to consider.
Retro TV Unit, an essential element for home
Alternatives to the conventional TV stand
There is always a lonely place at home where anybody seems to congregate and bond while having conversation or while watching their favourite series or cult movies they have probably already seen 5 times. This room without a doubt is most likely your living room, with the kitchen following as a close second. Decorating around a large television has always created difficulties and is not becoming any easier with the continuous growth in size that televisions are widely adapting. Whether it is in a family home or bachelor pad setting, friends and family always end up crowded around the TV propped up by the TV cabinet. Most of the attention is probably paid on what's happening on the screen, but the TV console itself should not be treated as just a mere stand for your entertainment needs, but also as a functional piece of furniture that can help to organize your various films and gaming consoles to keep your living room tidy. Aside from placing your television atop a fireplace, which also works in some cases, the traditional TV cabinet has always been the most conventional option that has helped solve this common design problem .
Technology advancing with style
Today the design of TV cabinets have clearly evolved just as the TV. With new design influences creating their own versions of the TV cabinet, this functional furnishing has seen it's rather simple use in the past, transform into a multifunctional furnishing that has become more important to every living room . Although the vintage TV cabinet has evolved in design and use, in most cases people tend to purchase modern pieces that could take away from the warmth in the room and overall design style. It would also be important to keep in mind that glass is probably not the most ideal material to be used as a TV cabinet, as it may result in injury in the event that your TV falls over for any reason. Here are some design solutions and styles that propose different decor options for all your TV cabinet tastes.
The influence of varied design styles
Scandinavian design influence
Just as most Scandinavian homeware that are constructed with wood, the TV cabinet has been a piece that has almost always been made with wood since its beginnings. Consequently the Scandinavian homeware design style makes for an undeniably fitting philosophy to be applied to the creation of TV cabinets. The result makes for a stylish product that could either draw upon a more vintage look or that something that would fit in nicely with a modern décor. In most cases Scandinavian TV cabinets are relatively low to the ground and are either lightly coloured or maintain the wood grain finish of the wood. Other colour possibilities include patterned motifs and darker chestnut browns that fit in with a warmer décor. The feet are in most cases splayed outwardly but are not placed at the end of each corner, so as to not result in a broken toe or any unneeded and unwanted pain. Just as most other Scandinavian homeware the TV cabinet has a functional aspect to it, which in this case is its ample storage space that can be used to store your movie collection or any other items that may take up some space in your living room. Other than the conventional use of drawers for storage, Scandinavian TV cabinets have also been known to have a sliding door or panel as a design feature that allows you to place larger items that may have been hard to store elsewhere due to their relatively large and awkward shape. Industrially designed sideboards make for the perfect pairing, and in some cases, as also provide ample storage space, whether it come in the form of cabinets or drawers, or even visible shelves that are not hidden behind doors. Open face drawers could be the perfect place to place books to give your console the appearance and function of a library that could draw some of the attention that would be usually placed on the TV itself. The materials commonly used to construct these consoles or sideboards vary, but almost certainly are created with some sort of metal or wood and in most cases both. The use of wheels instead of legs also make for a functional addition to Industrial sideboards and consoles, as they allow for easy movement and transportation from one room to another, if there ever need be.
Industrial charm made to accompany modern technology
The beauty of the Scandinavian TV cabinets is in their versatility and in some cases ambiguity. Various different furnishings can be used in combination with a TV and essentially become a TV cabinet.Industrial sideboards and consoles have become accustomed to this pairing and have been widely used to accent the hyper modern design of televisions. The rustic charm of industrial design with all of its perfect Imperfections, not only helps create a much needed accent but also adds a touch of vintage authenticity to a room. Industrially designed sideboards make for the perfect pairing, and in some cases, as also provide ample storage space, whether it come in the form of cabinets or drawers, or even visible shelves that are not hidden behind doors. Open face drawers could be the perfect place to place books to give your console the appearance and function of a library that could draw some of the attention that would be usually placed on the TV itself. The materials commonly used to construct these consoles or sideboards vary, but almost certainly are created with some sort of metal or wood and in most cases both. The use of wheels instead of legs also make for a functional addition to Industrial sideboards and consoles, as they allow for easy movement and transportation from one room to another, if there ever need be.
As mentioned before your TV cabinet does not necessarily have to be a furnishing made specifically for a TV. The use of sideboards or chests serve the same purpose and work just as well, and in most cases make for a better fit with your interior. For those who appreciate shabby chic furniture, rest assured that your brand new television will sit comfortably atop a shabby chic influenced sideboard that could offer the same storage as a traditional TV stand. The rustic charm of a patinated wood sideboard can be used to contrast the modern finish of the TV. The Use of muted tones such as a pale mint green or beiges and whites, tend to mesh well with the rustic side of shabby chic furniture that brings with it the needed warmth for a large room. The non-traditional TV cabinet helps transform an element of the room that in most cases unfortunately diverts from the overall style of the room solely to support a television. The popular use of wall mounts for televisions, that allow them to swivel from side to side for all your viewing pleasure, evidently take away the need for a TV cabinet. However the use of a shabby chic furniture piece such as a sideboard or chest placed beneath your mounted television can help fill some empty space that may have appeared awkward. This could also leave a reasonable gap between the two objects, and as a result make room for any accessories you wish to place on your sideboard or chest.
Alternatives and accesories for your TV console
Adapting your cupboard to hide your TV
Another design solution for the eye catching problem televisions pose is the use of a cupboard that can be closed in order to hide the TV. This widely popular solution has influenced the design of TV cabinets and has become a commonly found option in the design world. However simply removing a shelf in your cupboard, or in some cases never installing it, transforms your cupboard into a stylish TV cabinet that can hide that large screen that some would rather keep behind closed cabinets. Cupboards, just as sideboards and consoles used as TV cabinets also provide the ample storage space needed to keep a living room in order. This adapted TV cabinet would be ideally placed along a wall with other pieces such as library shelves on either side, in order to take up the empty space and accompany your new TV cabinet. Tall lamps or plants on either side of the cupboard could also help accentuate the cupboard and by using different contrasting colours.
Choosing the accessories to match your décor and provide an accent within the room prove to be just as important as the main pieces in your living room like your TV cabinet. Placing decorative vases or ornamental pieces symmetrically on either side of the TV cabinet, or in some cases a lamp on the far side of the cabinet if your TV is placed on the other end, make for helpful additions that help take the focus of the television when it is off. Accessories help divert your eyes elsewhere when you are trying to not focus on that big screen that is ever present due to its size. Placing picture frames or artwork on the walls surrounding your television also help keep the attention of someone around the room and not focused on a large television. A TV cabinet with open face drawers or shelves make for a useful space that can also be used to place accessories in a non-traditional matter such as most items that are placed atop the piece of furniture. Using freestanding lamps on either side of the TV cabinet could also function as a great accent that could divert some attention from the large focal point that is a widescreen TV. Empty space above your TV could still be a problem as the lack of decorative pieces and empty space on the wall tends to make people focus on the TV itself. Another solution for this issue aside from hanging portraits or art work, could be the installation of some interesting shelving that could allow for some more accessories or something as simple as a series of books to be placed between ornamental book ends.