Designing Your Home in The Age of On-demand


Photography credit to All She Things

Whilst video killed the radio star, it was Netflix and portable, on-demand television that killed the TV set. Today, you can watch your favourite TV shows just about anywhere, leaving physical television sets almost redundant. Whilst the World Cup and Love Island are doing their bit to counteract live TV’s downward spiral, this miraculous summer we appear to be having is coaxing more and more people away from their TV sets. With television licensing fees increasing about as fast as your heart rate does when the bill arrives, the average renter simply can’t afford the extra expense. In 2017, licensing fees increased for the first time since 2010, to 47% from 45.5% which may seem small, but numerically brought the cost of catching Call The Midwife to a staggering £147 a year. And so as television fell out of favour, designers and experts began to redesign rooms with an alternate focus. But what does this mean for your home? For decades the TV has ruled the roost and become the fundamental focus of most rooms. Monitors have increased in size so significantly, it was almost not worth taking a trip to the cinema. So what becomes of the gargantuan space left in your living room now your plasma screen has retired?

Living Room

If you suffer from the age old British fear of small talk, and a compulsion to fill  comfortable silences with it, this concept may make your blood run cold. But fear not, creating intentional social spaces isn’t just for entertaining, it can also make your space altogether more fluid and homely. The most prominent way to style your house sans television is to create a social space by facing your sofas and armchairs towards one another. Using furniture to build a space within the room has the effect of making the room appear larger, made up of multiple smaller spaces. Ultimately, the room becomes more inclusive and allows for free and easy conversation. Try adding a central coffee table if the space begins to feel too much like a doctor's waiting room.

This set-up even works for those of you who can’t quite bare to let go of your trusty televisions. Place one sofa directed towards a television that’s mounted on the wall, and another directly below the television. This allows the television to remain part of the room whilst not overriding the ultimate focus, the social.

If you live in a classic, older home, using the fireplace as a focal point is a wistful and warm way to make the most of a TV free space. Tranquility and relaxation are never far away when there’s a roaring fire in the room. So much so that the most up-to-date television sets come with a screensaver setting of a real log fire, complete with crackling and spitting sound effects. Include armchairs angled in part towards one another as well as the fireplace, so as not to remove the opportunity for conversation. Add a hot toddy and some warm slippers and you need never move from that spot again.

Kitchen

At the conception of televisions, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and man made fire, such was their popularity that households had them in every single room. And yes, that included the kitchen. As time has gone on and technology has come on leaps and bounds, the kitchen television has been replaced by all manner of nifty devices. According to Houzz, the most popular replacements are electronic home assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa. Though of course, these updated counter companions do not come cheap. If you’re looking to replace your kitchen TV with a stylish alternative that doesn’t break the bank, try adding a vintage style radio. Whilst they may look perfect for your throwback thursday Instagram's, most of the more recent models like this one from Goodmans, come with a modern bluetooth option for you to connect your own personal playlists to. Consider displaying your cookbooks alongside them. Even if you burn water and undercook beans, your visitors don’t need to know that. Just remember to tell them that Chrissy Teigens ‘Cravings’ is like, totally your bible.


Photography credit to Amazon

Bedroom

There’s little nicer than bunking down to watch the hotel TV when you’re away on a business trip. But that’s just the thing, it’s a luxury and a treat for the rare occasions you spend the night in a hotel. In the comfort of your own bedroom, it has become significantly less common to find a television. The effects of watching television immediately before you get your beauty sleep have been widely documented. In 2013 Men’s Health sleep adviser, W. Christopher Winter explained "The bright light of TV stimulates the brain, which can affect the secretion of melatonin, a hormone necessary for quality sleep." As a result of this, a staggering number of adults have made the novel choice to remove television sets from their bedrooms.


Photography credit to FashionSquad

Instead, why not swap the television for a bookcase? Studies have shown that indulging in relaxing exercises, such as reading before bed can increase the quality of your sleep. On top of this, vintage trends don’t seem to be slowing down. Bring the style into your room by including the telltale orange of Penguin classics covers to both your case and your colour scheme.

If you’re an art connoisseur over a literary buff, you’ll relish the opportunity to swap out your television for your favourite painting or graphic print. And if your favourite work of art is yourself, you can cater for that too. Hang a statement mirror to add utilitarian value to the room. Finish off with a gorgeous sideboard where you can add life and personality to the room with fresh flowers and personal photos.

 
Photography credit to Distinctify

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