The Key to Camouflaging Your TV Is Probably Chilling In Your Linen Closet

published Apr 24, 2022
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While lots of people love to watch TV, the physical television itself can be a bit of an eyesore. If art is your thing, and you’ve got a generous budget, then you might want to invest in a framed version. If you aren’t ready to splurge, but you’re still desperate to conceal the black box taking up your wall space, then there may be another pretty way to cover it up.

Giovanna Macejka and her partner Deana live in a 1,300-square-foot eclectic condo in Queens, New York with their pup Desi. While their home felt a bit small in the beginning, “at the final walk-through, the potential of this blank space became obvious,” Macejka says. Shortly after closing, she jumped right in to give it a “maximalist, 1970s vibe” full of pastels and fun patterns.

Macejka is an interior designer and owner of a full-package studio called Dream House, so it’s only fitting that she cultivated her own dream home. “The goal when designing the apartment was to make it feel like guests were entering a time capsule when they came over to visit,” Macejka says. To do that, she really leaned into a layered palette.

“I like to call the design of the apartment ‘controlled chaos,’ and that’s essentially what maximalism is,” she says. “It’s always giving the eye something to look at, while making it all make sense.” One detail the eye might be drawn toward is the big, fluffy blanket floating on her living room wall.

“The most unique aspect of the apartment is that we conceal our TVs by covering them with fun blankets,” Macejka says. Her living room TV is mounted on the wall with the power cord covered by a protector. Macejka tossed a soft blanket on top to cover it up. “There’s nothing that brings the vibe of a room down more than a big black box when the rest of the space is bursting with color,” she says.

For Macejka, the biggest design challenge in her home was that the living room and kitchen have an open concept. “I had to make sure that I was designing the space in a way that made the areas feel separate, while also remaining cohesive and functional,” she says. In addition to making her TV virtually invisible, Macejka also opted for an island instead of a dining table and bought a three-seater sofa instead of a sectional. It makes the entire home feel larger.

This design trick is simple but it works, and it could fit with any design style. If you have a pretty textile or a blanket you love, this is a great way to put it on display.