So you want to be able to binge-watch your favorite shows from the comfort of your living room sofa, but not have to stare at a big black box on your wall for the rest of the day? Totally doable. With these clever interior-designer-approved tricks you can keep things practical and polished when mounting your flatscreen TV.
Maximize Custom Millwork
Custom millwork can be transformative when it comes to displaying a flat screen TV. A built-in floor-to-ceiling entertainment center with fixed speakers, for instance, can do wonders to make a room feel larger since it’ll draw the eye upward. With a nook to hold your television plus shelving to show off decorative items, the wall can become a beautiful focal point for unique objects and art rather than an eyesore, especially when built-in accent lighting is used. You can create a custom piece that places the TV above the fireplace, or alternatively, to the side of it. Placing your TV to the side of your fireplace will help keep the focus off the television, which is ideal for spaces where you want the priority to be socialization.
Think Smart With Art Mode
Another style-forward way to incorporate a TV? Buy one that looks more like a piece of art than a piece of tech, such as the Samsung Frame TV or the LG OLED-GX. These thin, high-resolution TVs have art mode settings that can display a still image realistically and without glare so that the TV looks like a framed photograph or painting when you’re not watching something. Ordering a custom frame for the TV and choosing an image that plays well with the colors and materials in the room is a great way to create an aesthetically pleasing focal point.
Conceal Your Flatscreen Completely
With a bit of clever craftsmanship, it’s actually pretty easy to hide your flat screen TV entirely. Mount your television on the wall and then stow it away by placing a track with two sliding panels in front of it. Enlist a decorative painter to adorn the panels with a beautiful design that flows seamlessly when the two panels are closed but that also works well when the two pieces are shifted apart to expose the TV underneath. Alternatively, you can cut out a nook to build your TV into the wall and mount a single large scale painting or photograph on a vertical track in front of it. Slide it up to reveal your television, and back down when you’re ready to cover it back up.