Don’t let that big black box overshadow your beautiful decorating scheme. We’ve got some genius ways to hide your TV completely, or to at least disguise your TV so that it stands out less.
You’ve spent months planning and creating a new scheme for your living room, only for your telly to dominate the look. But fear not. We’ve come up with 10 ways to disguise your TV so that it doesn’t take over. Now all you’ll have to worry about is finding the remote – or wrestling it off the kids.
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1. Buy a TV cabinet
One obvious way to make sure your set doesn’t play the starring role is to hide it in a cabinet. This cupboard from The Dormy House (above) is almost guaranteed not to date thanks to its Shaker look. It costs from £265, depending on which of the 13 finishes you choose, and accommodates screens measuring up to 42in diagonally.
Buy Now: New Hampshire television cupboard, from £265, The Dormy House
If you choose to hide your set away like this, it’s a good idea to use a four-way socket bar behind the TV, inside the cupboard, so there’s only one cable leaving the unit and you don’t have to move it to unplug anything. Your cable hole needs to be about 5cm square to allow plugs to slot through.
2. Reduce its impact with a bold media unit
It won’t hide the TV completely, but you can at least deflect attention away from a wall-mounted flat screen by hanging it within a dramatic wall unit. This example combines rich walnut veneer, glass shelves and integrated spotlights that can be used to highlight bold accessories, not your telly.
Buy Now: Felino Wall TV unit, £2,579, Barker and Stonehouse
By choosing a piece that blends with other furniture – in this case, the dining suite around the corner – its function doesn’t scream ‘TV’.
Budget won’t stretch or room too small for a piece like this? Try hanging your TV against a dramatic feature wallpaper instead.
3. Get a bed with TV storage
If you’re a box-set addict, you may well have a TV in your bedroom. Well, it beats waking up on the sofa at 2am with an imprint of the remote on your face. But if you’d rather keep your screen under wraps – perhaps because you’re worried the kids might demand to have one in their bedroom, or you don’t want it cluttering up a dressing table or a chest of drawers – get yourself a bed with hidden storage for it.
This luxurious king-size bed comes in white, black or chocolate faux leather, with the TV thrown in, too. Its German-built motorised platform raises and lowers the Samsung 32in set from the footboard satisfyingly smoothly, and there’s plenty of space in the base to store your set-top box, games console and DVD/Blu-ray player.
Buy Now: Chicago king-size bed, £1,999, Furniture Village