The latest beautifully designed fitted or freestanding media furniture combines sharp looks with neat shelving and cabinetry to keep living spaces organised and clutter free
1 Accent piece
A low level cabinet with individually decorated drawers and fitted with assorted knobs and handles, makes for a distinctive piece of furniture for a modern country scheme. The advent of home subscription TV services and film streaming, means less DVD storage is needed in the living room and three sliding trays, two open shelves and four drawers offer ample storage while the pale mango wood and sleek design balance the colourful drawer fronts.
2 Streamline style
A robust grid of storage compartments reads as part of the room’s architectural framework and creates a bespoke solution for home entertainment. ‘Speakers are hidden behind acoustic cloth, which has been colour matched to complement the grey stained oak furniture and the TV fits flush with the unit,’ says Scott Nicholson, Managing Director and Head Designer, Chamber Furniture. Handleless cabinets enhance the linear look and neatly conceal other unsightly electronics, messy wires and sockets.
3 Simply elegant
‘Designing a media cabinet to display the television alongside other accessories helps it blend subtly into the room,’ says Richard Davonport, Managing Director, Davonport. ‘Tongue and groove backboards paired with an oak surface complement the country aesthetic and the storage itself is unobtrusive and complements the room’s relaxed feel.’ The latest TV’s are slimmer than ever so you can have a large wall mounted screen without it dominating the space.
4 Extra capacity
A Scandi-style unit in a soft white paint finish is practical for a country home, especially an informal family space or snug. ‘It frames the TV and offers media storage, display and TV viewing in one, whilst the glass cupboard doors add lightness and prevent the unit overwhelming room,’ says Luis Lopez, Living Rooms Sales Leader, Ikea. Add a rustic touch by placing rattan storage baskets on the shelves inside the cupboard.
5 Mixed materials
Gone are the days of storing items behind closed doors as the trend for open shelving TV wall units become a firm favourite. ‘Designs are moving away from conventional straight-lined surfaces towards more curved forms,’ says Claire Hornby, Creative Stylist, Barker and Stonehouse. The rich walnut veneer, glass shelves and integrated spotlights are a contemporary foil for showcasing displays of country pottery and the unit suits open plan living.
6 Perfect fit
Bespoke units are a seamless solution for alcoves either side of a chimney breast and maximise space while keeping the wood burner at the heart of the scheme. ‘People want technology in their homes but don’t want it to dominate their living space, so cabinetry that hides DVD and Digital TV boxes out of sight, as well as incorporating a mix of open and closed storage, so screens and speakers can be hidden out of sight and accessories displayed, is a popular choice,’ says Helen Reeks, Creative Development Manager, Neville Johnson.
7 Hide and seek
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An elegant, handmade cabinet is the perfect TV hideaway for a country style bedroom. The interior is fitted with adjustable shelves and a cable porthole, and there’s an option to have the lower section as drawers or cupboards. ‘This handsome piece can be made to any size and if you’re looking for a more decorative finish, hand painted contrast lines can be added to door and drawer fronts,’ says Caroline Kimpton, Owner, Leporello.
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