Since we've been on the subject of hiding TVs and their equipment this week, I figured I'd share my own flat screen camouflage solution. Our mid-century home isn't blessed with much in the way of embellishments, but it did come with a few nifty built-ins like this glassed bookcase nook that happens to be exactly the right size for our TV.
Setting the TV in the nook saves us valuable floor space and gives me a little extra real estate for exercising. We took out the glass doors, re-arranged the shelves and painted the interior a charcoal gray, which blends with the flat screen like a charm. The room is below grade and the flooring is a not-particularly attractive laminate that gets sticky in the summer and freezing cold in the winter, so a rug was a must. We furnished the room fairly minimally and and inexpensively as possible — it doubles as a play room (the ottoman also functions as a toy box) and is a favorite lounging spot for our cats so it needed to be easy to clean up.
There's plenty we still need to do in the space like hang artwork, replace the light fixture, get new curtains and possibly find enclosed shelving for the DVDs. The layout of the space is a bit awkward with the sofa jutting out into the room, making it necessary to walk all the way around it to sit down — but after much hemming and hawing we've decided that it's the configuration that works the best for us (for now).
Images: Sarah Rainwater