Design TipsJune 20, 2011

Concealing the Evil Neccessity

I love my TV. I mean, I hate my actual TV, but I watch a decent amount of it.  A source of education, comfort and entertainment I will never be one who claims watching TV is terrible for you. It can be if you rot your brain on reality TV non-stop but sometimes after a bad day there is nothing more soothing than popping in a DVD (Twilight-ahem) and having a glass of wine curled up on the sofa.  But unfortunately, TVs aren’t that attractive. And placing them in a room can be a source of stress (men have very strong opinions about this I’ve found- groundbreaking, I know) but I hate when it’s the absolute focal point.  In our last home I refused to put the TV over the fireplace and have it be the first thing you see when entering the house so we had it on this other wall where we’d both get neck cramps from having to position ourselves such a way as to both see the TV.  So now in our new place it’s over the stupid fireplace.  Once we figure out our permanent (or more permanent) residence I’ll amend this.  I the meantime, here are some ideas on how to work with a TV in a room….

Hanging a TV on a dark wallpaper or wall color like this Osbourne & Little paper below totally camouflages the TV! Love it!

Another option is to EMBRACE the TV and funkify the wall it’s on as to make it feel purposeful like this chevron paint job below!

A much more expensive option is to create a wall of built ins, which ALWAYS look good (and typically up the value of your home).  Adding doors onto the TV portion really conceals it, but can be a pain.  I love the look below from Lonny- the black accents in the room compliment the black TV frame.

A clever idea is to hang the TV within a gallery wall! GENIUS!

Brooklyn Limestone hung a grid to frame the TV evenly.

A way to curate a collection including a TV without hanging anything on the wall- paired with a large canvas and other object the TV kind of blends right in.

A clever little idea is to buy a picture frame and hang it around your TV- affordable and witty it gives your TV a little more panache.

You can check out a site like Frame My TV to have a custom frame (lots of finish and style choices) made for your TV- more expensive but it makes it look like a painting (you can have still images of artwork shown while it’s “off” or even have a mirror front put on)!

Having a good looking TV certainly helps. Samsung’s 7000 series TV’s are virtually frame less and have a chic little x base stand if you don’t plan on wall mounting…and look how skinny! It’s like the third Olsen twin! Too bad it’s FREAKIN’ expensive.

Great for a bedroom, this 22″ TV has a sleek white frame and is under $300!

This Samsung is similar.

Images via DecorPad, Pinterest, Lonny, Style at Home.

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