Designing Your Space: TV, To Hide or Not to Hide

It's certainly a question. Television placement is a hot topic around here, and lately, I've been noticing the same thing in my day-to-day life. My friends, family and design clients tend to take a firm stance on this issue, whether it's to disguise their TVs, or to display them.

I've always fallen firmly into the "display" camp. After all, the television is an integral part of modern life for most of us, so why pretend we don't have them? However I can see the appeal of being able to shut your TV out of sight occasionally; big black flat screens aren't the most attractive of objects, and let's face it, sometimes the darn things are just a distraction. If you're trying to encourage guests to get to know each other, or have a pile of paperwork to do, you might heed the old adage "out of sight, out of mind".

The good news is that these days, your options are limited only by your imagination (and occasionally your budget). Those who want to hide their TVs away can invest in stylish media units, build a feature wall with sliding panels, or even cover them with a mirror or artwork. The rest of us might upgrade to a nicer television to begin with, or else incorporate them into gallery walls or bookshelves.

So, which camp do you fall into? What creative ways have you solved the "big box in the corner" problem?

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