A question about TVs in the home got us all thinking...
WHERE’S THE TV?
Do you ever wonder where people hide their television sets? I have been looking hard for TV sets in your March issue. Are they hidden or just not photographed? I would love some help with this matter as I try to figure out a placement that does not dominate and is still easily accessible in my downsized home. The TV mystery is ripe for some clever detective work by your experts. Do help me with my challenge. Louise Croot, Dunedin
ED’S NOTE: Good question, Louise. No, we don’t avoid the TVs when we shoot our houses – they’re part of the story of the home. Having said that, there’s no doubt that a beautiful piece of art or sculpture looks better in a picture than a dark TV, so the TV shots are often used less prominently. We’re also noticing that homeowners are becoming better at hiding their TVs. Top tricks are to put a TV on a dark wall, where a dark screen is less obvious, or to incorporate it into a bookcase with a sliding cabinet across it. You can hide it behind a piece of art, or invest in one of Samsung’s new The Frame TVs, which look like a piece of art. For people who love really big TV screens, the best option is a separate media room – but that’s probably not a sensible option if you are downsizing.