Designers May Cringe, but More People Are Putting Flat-Screens Right Out There
Sherry Davis knew exactly where she would put her new 50-inch flat-screen television: in the living room, above that other indisputable focal point, the fireplace.
Never mind that many decorators (her own included) cringe at the sight of exposed sets in living rooms, especially those prominently displayed. That opinion is so widely held among designers that some don’t even like seeing TVs in plain sight in more casual family rooms.
But slim, sleek, flat-panel screens are changing our interior landscapes. This is particularly true for young people, says designer Justine Sancho of Bethesda. “They are very electronic in their thought processes, so we’ve had to design a main room where the focus is on a TV,” she says. Call it tech-toy pride. Putting the set front and center works for Davis and the “rabid sports fans” in her life — two grown children, their spouses and her ex-husband — who routinely gather at her Bethesda condo for big games, including Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“I have a penthouse that is soft, modern and sleek. The fireplace isn’t fussy. And the TV is so contemporary, it’s almost like another piece of art,” says Davis, a real estate broker.
Caroline Hall of Upper Marlboro exults in the “glorious” 40-inch flat-screen television that arrived before Christmas
Bethesda’s Sherry Davis, top right, says her 50-inch flat-screen is “like another piece of art.”