Living Room Ideas – How To Hide The Television In Plain Sight

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Anyone you ask would probably say that they’d love to have a brand new LCD TV in their living room or den. Aside from entertaining you and your family; sometimes, the bigger your TV screen is, the more fun it is to invite your friends over to watch a great movie or have a TV series marathon with them. Well, these are clever ways you can hide the TV in plain sight.

1. On a gallery wall

In the breakfast room of Bunny Williams’ 2015 Idea House, we loved seeing how she hung a set of photographs around a flatscreen TV. Because the prints are about the same size as the television and they’re also black, they help the screen feel like it’s part of a large group.

Of course, you don’t have to use photographs to work your TV into a gallery wall. We love a TV amongst colorful abstract or a mix of prints too.

2. On a dark wall

A dark wall color is a great way to camouflage a TV, like we did in this home office with a dark chocolate wall (Benjamin Moore’s Rural Earth). Because there’s no contrast between the black screen and the chocolate brown wall color, the TV almost disappears into the wall. 

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3. In a cabinet

The interior is a dark charcoal gray so it camouflages a screen, and the moveable shelves mean it can fit up to a 72″ screen while also having space for books, baskets, or even art.


4. Surrounded by plates

Traditional wisdom usually tells us to hide the TV like it’s an embarrassment, but from our point of view, they’re just a fact of life. We live by the mantra that if you give us something pretty to look at (in addition to your flatscreen), we’re happy. We love the way designer Maggie Griffin decorated around her television with a collection of creamware in her casual breakfast room. 

5. Distract with Accessories

Mounting the television over the mantel may not work for every space, but in open floor plans, there aren’t always a lot of options. Artist Melissa Payne Baker flanked her TV with two large mercury glass vases and a large mirror on each side of the mantel.

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6. On Large Paiting

Leave it to an artist to dream up a larger than life canvas as a way to add a second focal point to her living room. In Andrea Costa’s Atlanta condo, she hung a huge abstract art print behind her TV. The goal isn’t to take away from the flatscreen, just to give the eye a pretty space to land in addition to the TV.

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