THE JOY OF CUSTOM ENTERTAINMENT CENTRES
By Harry Levinson, Space Age Closets & Custom Cabinetry
During the winter months when we spend more time indoors curled up on the couch with a book or watching TV, it becomes clear how invaluable our interior spaces are. Whether you live in a luxury condo with soaring ceilings or a modest bungalow, to truly get the most from your interiors, your home’s floor and wall spaces need to support your lifestyle and needs. Since the arrival of the flat screen television, a custom entertainment centre has become one of the best ways to efficiently use floor space, effectively storing and hiding all your entertainment devices in an attractive and convenient manner. If you are planning to organize your entertainment set-up, here are a few considerations to help make the most of the experience.
DOORS & DRAWERS When selecting drawers, consider the design of the space. If you are in a modern space, a flat sleek profile will maintain your look. If you would prefer something more traditional, raised panel or shaker styles are the way to go. A useful trick to upgrade your drawer or door fronts is with the use of inserts. Clear glass inserts allow you to make the contents visible. Frosted glass is another option and allows light in but masks the interior contents, while decorative mesh allows for airflow and won’t interfere with remotes.
CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR, FINISH & TEXTURE With painted units becoming increasingly common, you’ll have the advantage of being able to colour match your entertainment centre with that favourite wall colour or piece of furniture. We use a material called Selectboard, which is a high-quality grade created specifically for painting. But colour is just a first step; to create that perfect entertainment unit, the right finish is essential. Today, it’s possible to achieve a finish that would emulate a wood grain, a solid colour or even various metal looks. Finally, there is a range of textures, glosses and matte finishes to make your unit pop. Consider mixing and matching colours and finishes to create a one-of-a-kind look that reflects your unique style.
KEEP IT NEAT Hiding various home stereo electronics and their unsightly wiring is one of the great advantages of a custom entertainment centre. With the electronic necessities hidden away, there is room for the display of collectibles, favourite family photos or other treasures. Talk to your designer or cabinet maker to ensure wires and cables can easily move through the setup.
ELECTRIC FIREPLACE In many condos and apartments where installing gas fireplaces is prohibited, we’ve seen increasing demand for electric fireplaces in entertainment centres. An electric fireplace can add that sense of warmth and coziness while filtering the air so that allergens are kept at bay. Not only are electric fireplaces easy to insert into an entertainment centre, they are easy to move and relocate, like any piece of furniture.
Of course, there’s much more to consider when designing a great entertainment centre, from effective use of LED lighting technology to hardware. If you are planning to add an entertainment centre to your living space in the coming months, be sure to speak with a designer or manufacturer to get the most from the experience.
Harry Levinson is a Senior Designer at Space Age Closets & Custom Cabinetry, an interior design firm with over 30 years experience. www.spaceageclosets.com
This is a condensed version of an article originally published in our Winter 2018 issue of The Collection.