Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Elephant In the Room -How To Hide A TV in Plain Sight

Let's face it. Television has become such a necessary part of most of our lives that most people can't imagine not having one in their living room.  Personally, I've always preferred not having a television in my living room because when we entertain it forces people to actually socialize with one another instead of staring mindlessly at the TV plus I don't like the idea of a big black square being the focal point of the room.  But for those that must have a TV in the room, how do you stylishly incorporate the TV into your room's design without the TV becoming the focal point of the room? 

Since I'm working on a client's space now that requires that the TV remain part of the room's design, I've been doing some research and found a few really great ideas and options.

TV as Art - Surround the flat screen TV with framed art for an art gallery effect.

A truly unique look! - Here the designer has installed the TV directly into a non-functioning fireplace, making wonderful use of the space.

Frame It - Use a nice chunky piece of molding to frame out the TV for an elegant look.

Create a diversion! - Here the eye is distracted from the TV by the print of the wall paper.

Camouflage It- A genius idea! Paint the wall the same color as the TV.In this otherwise traditional and very cozy  looking library, the TV is a modern element in disguise. The TV virtually disappears into the wall when it's not turned on.
Make a Statement With It - This curved shelving unit makes a bold style statement.  It encases the TV and provides you with a little storage space too.  Made of recycled resin, this curved shelf unit also has an integrated speaker system. This look is not really my cup of tea, but if you're into a more futuristic/mod look for your home, this may work for you.

Keep it Simple - Of course, there's always the more traditional solution - hide the TV away in an armoire or storage cabinet decorated to compliment your room


  1. Great Ideas! I like the one placed inside a fireplace... would work great in a bedroom!

  2. Where did you find the traditional tv armoire?!