9 Ways to Decorate Around a TV

9 Ways to Decorate Around a TV

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 13, 2015
(Image credit: Varpunen)

A TV is a nice thing to have, but it is not necessarily a pretty thing. Even if you have the latest super-slim technology, a television, when it's turned off, is still just essentially a giant frame with nothing in it. So how are you gonna work that sucker into your otherwise flawless decor? We've got a few ideas.

Try placing your TV:

In a gallery wall!
As seen in an interior from Varpunen, this works especially well with a white-framed TV. The TV becomes just another element in the picture wall, which keeps it from being the center of attention (when it's turned off).

(Image credit: Alan Gastelum )

On a black wall!
The designers of this Chelsea Apartment painted the nook where this big-screen TV lives black, which helps it to blend into the wall and not draw attention away from the other elegant pieces in the room.

(Image credit: Domaine Home)

In a dark gallery wall!
Twice the concealing power, as seen in an interior from Domaine Home.

(Image credit: Domaine Home)

In a secretary!
TV furniture is nothing new, but thanks to the advent of flatscreens, you can now place your TV in an elegant piece of furniture, like this secretary spotted on Domaine Home.

(Image credit: Interiors Now)

On an easel?
Here's an elegant and unusual solution for television placement, from the Taschen book Interiors Now.

(Image credit: Hus & Hem)

As part of an arrangement of wall mounted shelves.
The great thing about the grouping of shelves on the left side of this living room from Hus & Hem is that it helps the TV blend in a bit while still providing tons of storage. Of course this is essentially just a giant media cabinet mounted on the wall, but using wall mounted shelves instead of an actual cabinet gives it a more elegant, minimal look.

(Image credit: Style at Home)

On a wallpapered wall!
The dark wallpaper in this living room from Style at Home works like the dark wall above to hide the TV — and it definitely gives this living room an added style boost.

(Image credit: House Beautiful)

Behind a shade!
It may be hard to tell, but the oversized pull-down map in this home from House Beautiful conceals a flat-screen television.

(Image credit: Domino)

Behind a sliding panel.
This is kind of the nulear option, but if you really hate looking at your TV, you could conceal it behind a sliding panel, like these folks in a home from Domino did.

(Image credit: Sunset)

Or you could incorporate a sliding panel into a bookcase, as in this house from Sunset.

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