With one of the biggest TV days around the corner, I thought it was a good time to write about TVs and how to decorate with them. After searching through my inspirational picture files to find photos for this post I actually came up with very few to share. Turns out interior design magazines rarely include TVs in their photos. Let's face it, they aren't very attractive so why would they include them. But the reality is most of us have TVs and sometimes they are in very prominent places in our home. Some people want them on display and others prefer to hide it. What's your preference?
Here are a few solutions for both preferences...
The Built In Solution
Putting TVs in built in cabinets is a nice way to have the TV in a good spot for viewing but not be the focal point of the room.
This TV is hidden by panels when not in use. I've seen old barn doors used this way too that slide on metal track.
The Over the Mantel Solution
When the TV is placed above the mantel, keep the accessories on the mantel simple so it doesn't get too cluttered. Make sure your TV size works with your mantel size.
Canadian House and Home
This is one of my favorite pictures with the TV over the mantel.
The Hide-With-Art Solution
The TV is actually hidden by the artwork which rolls up when you want to watch TV. A company that offers this product is Art Screen Systems.
The Furniture Solution
It's hard not to have your TV front and center when using furniture, unless it's an armoire. Here are a few pictures where the designer/stylist did a nice job accessorizing around the TV.
I like how the TV is off center and works with the artwork.
I especially like how West Elm accessorized around this TV (sorry for the poor quality picture, it's the only one I could find)
Another bookcase solution that disguises the TV a bit. The use of real books would actually hide it more.
Put it on an easel and move it out of the way when you need too.
And of course there is the armoire...
The Simple Solution
Design Within Reach offers a product called Muro Media Storage that allows you to build out a wall-like section to hide cords. It comes unfinished so you can either wallpaper it...
Design Within Reach
or paint it. Pretty cool.
Design Within Reach
The High Tech Solution
Here's a high tech solution that incorporates your fireplace and your TV. Great for the more contemporary home. MCZ sells this product.
I'm sure one day soon we won't need any storage for our media, DVRs, cable boxes. Won't that be nice!