Almost everybody likes to have a television, but let’s face it… they do nothing to enhance your room’s decor. Designers hate them, and want you to get rid of them, or at the least, cover them up.
When you don’t want to look at the television…
There are certainly ways out there to cleverly conceal your television, so that when it’s not in use, it can be hidden from view. Some of those involve some serious effort and expense, like a built-in platform that rises up out of a cabinet to bring the TV into view, then lowers back into the cabinet when you’re done watching. Other methods involve a solid panel that either rises up or slides into a recessed area in the wall to reveal the TV, then back when you’re finished. There are a number of types of doors, that either have to remain in the open position jutting out into the room’s space or require kind of a dipsy-doodle of opening and then tucking away into a deep recess on both sides of the television space. Almost all of these methods require some sort of storage space for a rigid door or panel, which kind of defeats the purpose of a flat screen TV, right?
Printed roller shades: simple yet elegant, effective solution!
Printed, motorized shades by Insolroll provide a simple yet elegant solution to the TV/design dilemma. They are custom sized, making it easy to get exactly the size you need. They are self-storing, rolling up into a small space when not in use, and lowering into position when you don’t want to see the TV, with just the press of a button. This allows a number of ways of detailing:
- A shade can simply be mounted on the ceiling to descend when needed and disappear when not. A fascia or cassette can hide the shade, but will still be seen in this method.
- A shade can be recessed into a pocket above the ceiling so that when retracted, it “disappears” above the ceiling line. This does involve some kind of small opening for the shade to pass through, which can be accomplished in a couple of different ways, and it would be a good solution for a number of different situations.
- A shade can be mounted inside a picture-type frame, so that when the printed shade descends, it looks like a finished piece of art in a picture frame. Today’s flat-screen wall mount televisions make this an easy to pull off look. The “picture frame” has to have enough depth to accommodate the shade’s roller, but this will just look like a substantial piece of art on the wall. Or alternatively, the television and shade could be recessed a bit into the wall space and the frame/molding could be flush with the wall.
- A frame or housing for the shade can be custom built to become an architectural element, either featured prominently or blending perfectly into the surrounding woodwork, paneling, moldings, etc. This requires some finish carpentry, but the result can be so stunning you’ll find it worth the extra effort!
What Can You Print on a Shade?
There are numerous ways to enjoy a printed shade with either photography or artwork.
- Personal photography: photos you’ve taken or family portraits, as long as you have worthy resolution to work with, are a great way to go. Remember a scene from a trip you’ve taken, or ask your photographer for digital files from your family portraits.
- Personal artwork: get good quality digital photos taken of your artwork.
- Stock photography or artwork: There are many online sources of royalty-free photography and artwork you can buy- just search “stock photo” or “stock art” and your’e on your way. Be sure to choose a file with high resolution for the best results.