Creative Ways to Hide — or Showcase — Your TV Tech
When it comes to TVs and interior design, there are two schools of thought:
1. Hide that eyesore.
2. Showcase that gorgeous tech!
Depending on the room and your needs, you might want to do both. Read on for some of our favorite ways to design around your binge-watching device.
Hide that eyesore
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All the rage right now for various applications, barn doors are an easy, attractive way to conceal your TV in a multi-use space. Bonus DIY points if you build it yourself!
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Mount your TV on a rotating panel and take your living space from game night to movie night with the push of a button.
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Why purchase a bed and an entertainment center, when you could have both in one piece of furniture? It’s especially practical for small spaces. If you’re looking for a solution outside the bedroom, there are several variations of this pop-up TV, including cabinets, trunks, and coffee tables.
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If money is no object, hiding your TV in the mirror ensures no one knows it’s there when not in use. Buyer beware though; your guests might be inclined to wonder what other magic your mirror holds…
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Sliding panels are a great low-tech option for changing the aesthetic when it’s time to turn off the TV. This works well in a playroom, as kids can easily access the TV (and, in theory, close it up when finished).
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Placing your TV behind shutter-style art is a beautiful compromise between hiding and showcasing a flat screen in your living space.
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Skip all the fancy mechanisms and opt to hide your TV in plain sight by using dark paint on the wall behind it. This serves a dual purpose, creating a bold look and keeping the TV from commanding too much focus in the room when it’s off.
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If none of these solutions are right for you, ditch the TV altogether and get a projector. Ultra-short throw technology changes the projection game quite a bit, reducing much of the hassle of old-school projectors. Best of all, the latest projectors are portable, meaning there’s no clunky hardware on your walls to hide at all.
Showcase that beautiful tech
When a TV is this beautiful, you don’t have to hide it. Manufacturers are bringing framed TVs to the market, creating lifestyle pieces that double as art.
Classic never goes out of style, and housing your TV in traditional built-in cabinetry likely won’t either.
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If you’re ready to go big, why not create a home theater? While a dedicated media space may not be feasible for everyone (until the kids go to college or you hit that jackpot), it’s undeniably a great opportunity to put all of your tech on display and showcase your famous movie snacks to friends and family.
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Last but certainly not least, placing your TV either on top of or mounted within furniture matched with the style of your room helps seamlessly blend it into the space. The options are seemingly endless, and there is something for every style out there. Are you more shabby chic/DIY, ultra-modern, or somewhere in between? Pick your room style first, think about your TV habits and needs for your family, and have fun picking out the perfect piece!
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