Q. Tina from Coombabah asks, how can I hide a TV so it’s not the focal spot of the lounge room? I want to create a space that is practical, with lots of storage but is also stylish.
A. There are many ways to reduce the impact of a TV in your living room. It might be as simple painting the wall your TV is mounted to in a dark hue so that the big black box visually disappears. However, what you do here and how you do it is subject to your needs and wants from your living room. Below are five tips that you can tailor to your situation.
Create a gallery wall
What you surround your TV with goes a long way in reducing the impact of your TV on your space. Consider collating your favourite pieces of framed art and/or framed photos and hang them cluster style around the TV. For a uniform, classical look, opt to use the one type of frame or for an eclectic look, go for a variety of frames, both in size and profile. The effect means that the TV becomes apart of the wall treatment rather than being main attraction.
Choose the right wall
The wall you choose to house your TV on is paramount to the success of your living room. In some cases, you won’t have options, as there may only be one wall that could legitimately be the TV wall but if you do have the option, for the sake of discretion, hang your TV on a wall other than the first wall you see on entering the room.
Install a lift
TV lifts are more commonly used to house outdoor TVs to protect them against the elements. Indoors, they are used far less frequently and a TV lift in the living room is really for those who incline towards an uber modern, minimalistic aesthetic. Your options here are to either have the pop up lift installed into a custom TV unit or the drop down lift installed in the ceiling.
Position your furniture strategically
How you create a focal point in your living room comes down to more than what is on your walls. The positioning of your furniture is key to creating your chosen point of focus and to achieving a successful living room. We know that we don’t want the TV to be the focal point of our space so what do we want instead? I suggest the coffee table. Style your coffee table so that it is worthy of being the centre of attention and then, very simply, position all of your seating so that it is facing the coffee table in a very, very loose circle. Leave your cinema style seating for the media room.
Build a bookcase
A wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling bookcase is on my home interiors bucket list. I want one so tall that it gives you vertigo and I want it overflowing with books. I will find any excuse to put a bookcase in a home but they are also the perfect way to camouflage the intrusive TV. You need to provide your cabinetmaker with your exact TV dimensions to leave a void just large enough to fit your TV and with minimal space around the edge of the TV. The shelving, either-side and above the TV, should be a carefully considered curation of your favourite décor items and of course, books. The space below your TV, across the length of the wall, is ideal for storage in the form of drawers or cupboards. You could even go that step further and include a sliding panel to cover the TV when not in use. Tina from Coombabah, this one is for you.
While I have defined these tips in 5 separate points, of course go ahead and combine them to create the effect you want and a solution that works for you.
These tips will not only help disguise that obnoxious TV but will also go a long way in making your space feel more resolved, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
Post contributed by Michael & Carlene Duffy.
About Michael and Carlene:
Averaging more than 1.3 million viewers each episode, Australia watched as Gold Coast couple Michael & Carlene worked to create a truly exceptional home on The Block Glasshouse.
Since The Block, Michael & Carlene have gone on to develop their own business called Cedar & Suede, have a blog and consult to a number of Australia’s leading interior brands for both endorsements and product development projects.
Michael & Carlene have proudly partnered with Homeworld Helensvale to help our Gold Coast shoppers achieve their design dreams.