Unfortunately the humble telly’s influence doesn’t end when we switch it off. It sits there like an uninvited guest and becomes an unwanted feature of your interior design, which attracts eyeballs.
Let’s explore five tricks of the trade, which I’ve learnt along the way as co-founder of Designbx, and show that massive flatscreen who’s boss.
1. Mount the TV on a dark wall
Help your television blend with the background, and supplement this technique by surrounding the TV with feature artwork or shelves.
Continue the theme by choosing black storage cabinets for tech devices. This gives the impression there’s no TV system in the home while also hiding unsightly black cords.
2. Make it part of a feature wall
Surround the TV with more aesthetically appealing rectangles, like prints. Compliment the look of the TV with black and white art, or distract the eye by choosing vivid artworks.
The TV can have a more proactive role if you use it to play a static image that fits your space’s style.
3. Hide your TV using sliding doors or artwork
Let’s get that contraption out of sight and out of mind by using a custom solution. This is a more expensive option, so respect your interior design style, hire the best professionals and use quality materials.
Ensure the room works in both modes. When the TV is on, don’t block important spaces or functions (e.g. light switches).
4. Use a projector instead
This approach requires advice from an expert because installation is key. You also have to consider blocking out any sunlight if you expect to use your projector during the day.
But this is the ultimate option for lovers of minimalism. It means you can retain a true open-plan lifestyle while still having the option of curling up in front of a good movie.
5. Make it part of the decor by using a TV console
Offset the sterile coldness of technology with the warmth of family life. A few photos or prized belongings will add personality. Or you can try low-maintenance plants like succulents.
Finally, remember the rule of threes: Create symmetry by flanking the TV with pairs of beautiful objects like lamps, vases, framed photos or ornaments.
Who needs tricks when technology provides a clever solution? Samsung’s The Frame is a TV that doubles as wall art, offering a choice of visuals and a classic wooden frame. It’s a neat solution, but there may come a day when we have no idea which work of art is actually a TV.