by | Dec 6, 2010 | Before and After

Gone are the 80’s and 90’s when every TV was “properly” hidden in either a French country armoire, or a large wall system housing the stereo, VCR, and eventually DVDs.  Now every home is equipped with an even larger (albeit thinner) flat screen, and those massive french cabinets are obsolete.  There are many schools of thought about hiding or showing the TV.  AFI believes it is simply a matter of personal preference.  Like it or not, TVs are part of our daily life, and we are fine with letting them show. That being said, they should be integrated into the room properly.  Look at this room:


The family’s heirloom sideboard and chairs are nice, but this arrangement is lacking any personality or interest. Look what happens when we add one element:


Placing the TV in front of the art creates a layering effect.  And, even though the art is monochromatic and light, the frame size is in proportion with the large screen TV.  Why place the picture behind the TV?  Several reasons:

1. It makes the TV seem like an addition, instead of making the room look like it was designed around it.
2. It can be removed if the TV is ever mounted to the wall.
3. It remains a complete set of art, should the homeowner rearrange the furniture and float the sofa beneath the art on this wall.

This collection of American Cup Photographs (each frame measuring 32×36″) is available through Alexandre Fleuren Interiors.  Priced at $325 each piece, they can be delivered and installed quickly.

Until next time,


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