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How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight + Save on Style

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How to Hide Your TV in Plain Sight + Save on Style

Nick Slocum, SRS, ABR, ePRO, RENE, CIC

Nick Slocum is a third generation real estate broker and Vice President at The Slocum Agency, a real estate brokerage and insurance agency in Warwick,...

Nick Slocum is a third generation real estate broker and Vice President at The Slocum Agency, a real estate brokerage and insurance agency in Warwick,...

Aug 8 3 minutes read


You know how it goes. Some days, you just want to stretch out on the sofa and binge-watch the latest season of Grey's Anatomy. Other days? You want your home to look like something out of HGTV Magazine, where all eyes gravitate to your stylish setup and not the nearest TV screen.

Luckily, you no longer have to stash your TV in a cabinet to make it seem less conspicuous. 

Here are 5 design-friendly ways to hide your flat screen in plain sight, so you can dig into Mer's drama without cramping your space's style.


1: Play Up Patterns

Colorful, contemporary living room


One tried-and-true way to disguise your TV? Set the black box against a patterned backdrop. In this colorful condo from designer Kate Maloney Albiani, a length of lovebirds and patterned curtains draw the eye to the walls above, which helps the flat screen fade into its surroundings. 


2: Camouflage With Color

Living Room With Firewood


Talk about camouflage! Rather than contrast your TV screen with crisp white walls, complement its color with darker neutrals like navy, black and charcoal. In this eclectic-chic mountain lodge by designer Antonio Martins, a high-gloss black surround helps the TV blend in, not stand out.


3: Grow Your Gallery Wall

Contemporary White Living Space With Gray Furniture, Black Shelving


Thanks to their sleek, square silhouettes, today's tubes fit right in with picture frames and prints. Thus, you can minimize your TV's presence by tucking it into a gallery wall, where the screen will seem like just another piece of art. We love how the TV visually recedes in this contemporary-cool living room from Space Interior Design.


4: Subdue With Symmetry

Midcentury Modern Living Room with Berber Rug


If you still feel like your tube is dominating the room, try offsetting it with prints in similar shapes and sizes. By anchoring her client's TV with large, colorful pieces of art, designer Erin Williamson helped the wall look more symmetrical and balanced. The result? Attention shifts from the TV in the center of the room to the space as a whole. 


5: Lose It In Lines

Great Room With Three-Sided Steel Fireplace


And finally, our favorite TV trick comes from designer Jordan Iverson. To ensure that his client's flat-screen looked like a natural part of the living room, Iverson surrounded the unit with clean, contemporary furniture. In turn, the TV gets lost in layers of complementary lines, making the piece seem less conspicuous and more cohesive.


Source: HGTV Blog 

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