In almost every home, you will find in the family room, living room, kitchen and bathrooms, a television the size of a drive in movie screen, blaring out useless jargon for hours on end. In most cases, each room has different stations going at the same time, and no one is watching.
I am often asked to design a room around the television, so that everyone can have full view of this massive black screen. Which leaves very little room for creativity; most floor plans end up looking the same. All the furniture is facing the wall where the television is, and lots of dead space.
Give this some thought, what could you do with that room if the television was not the focal point? Would you bring the “family” concept back into the room with a game table, a piano, or a cozy conversation area filled with over stuffed chairs to lounge and relax with the family after dinner? Or, add a small library filled with books and memorabilia which will take you on journey in a moments notice. Does the room have a great view of the outdoors? Capitalize on the beauty of nature, not the television.
I’m not implying that there should not be a television in a room, but more so, trying to explore other options. There is hope in this crazy world of electronic mayhem, we have total control. Get out of the mind set that televisions, computers and phones are the best thing yet! There not. They have a purpose, and we have control over those purposes. Turn off the electronics; stop making them the center of our lives. It takes one simple step, take control. Rethink the possibilities.