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13 Clever Ways to Disguise or Hide Your TV

At this point, TVs are a staple in many—if not most—living rooms. A lot of families even have TVs in bedrooms or have multiple TVs throughout the house.

And, while TVs are a great way to unwind and zone out after a long day, they can also be an eyesore and compete with your decor. After all, unless you’ve created a game room centered on watching sports or playing video games, most people don’t actually want their whole living room layout to be centered around their television. It just tends to end up that way because it’s easier.

Well, what would you say if you could camouflage your TV or keep it hidden rather than totally removing it from your living room? And that you could hide your TV without totally redesigning your living room? Well, it’s time to celebrate—because there are tons of clever ways to do this!

If you’re looking for TV layout ideas that will de-emphasize or even completely hide a TV—whether it’s in your living room, bedroom, or den—you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our best ideas from simple solutions to “I-never-would-have-thought-of-that” hacks.

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1. Paint the Wall Behind Your TV Black

Want to hide your TV in plain sight? Rather than having your TV stand out like a sore thumb against a white wall, paint the wall the TV sits in front of black. This way, when your TV isn’t on, it somewhat blends in with the wall so you don’t even notice the TV at first glance. But to keep your living room from becoming cavernous, just paint black as an accent wall color rather than painting all four walls black!

This is a great option for…

A living room with a fireplace and a TV and homes where the TV competes with other focal points in your room, like statement wall art or picture windows. Painting the wall behind the TV black allows the TV to blend into the background and let other elements in the room shine.

Skip this option if…

Your space wouldn’t look right with the boldness of a black wall (aka, not enough natural light) or if black paint wouldn’t go with your style and decor.

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2. Hang Your TV Inside a Wall Cabinet

If you don’t want your TV in view when not in use, consider hiding it inside a wall cabinet. A wall-mounted cabinet like this is made to be a TV cover, with the TV mounted to the wall and housed inside the floating cabinet. When you want to watch the TV, you simply open the doors, which are on hinges and fully open so that your view isn’t obstructed. This whole set-up allows you to have your TV at viewing level but also have it hidden away when not in use.

This is a great option for…

Any space with a TV, but it’s especially nice for a formal living room or a bedroom with a TV, where watching the television isn’t the central purpose of the room.

Skip this option if…

You’re a renter or if you like to regularly rearrange a room’s layout. Though wall-mounted televisions and wall cabinets aren’t permanent, they do involve wall anchors and larger holes in the wall, making the installation a lot more involved.

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3. Tuck Your TV Behind A Curtain

If your living room has any type of alcove—like the one to the right of the fireplace in the image above—you could house your TV in that nook. But rather than leaving it in plain sight, you could hang a curtain in front of the alcove to hide the TV. You can easily pull the curtain open and shut as needed—and the curtain itself will add texture and color to your room. This is a very affordable and easy way to hide a TV.

This is a great option for…

Those who have a TV in a nook or alcove, with the architecture to allow you to hang a curtain. Just make sure you have the room to pull the curtain fully open without obstructing the TV itself.

Skip this option if…

You don’t have an alcove in front of which you can hang a curtain, or if your TV is in a space where a curtain would look out of place.

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4. Incorporate Your TV Within a Gallery Wall

We love the idea of incorporating a TV within a gallery wall. While it’s not actually hidden in this scenario, the artwork is the thing you notice first, not the TV, which helps disguise it. Rather than being an eyesore, the wall-mounted television looks prettier among a collection of art pieces, making it more decorative than just a straight-up media zone. It’s one of those great ideas for decorating around your TV while visually distracting from your TV! A tonal, back and white gallery wall would help it blend in even more.

This is a great option for…

Those who already have a gallery wall where they want a TV or who have small TVs that can easily incorporate right into a gallery wall.

Skip this option if…

You don’t want attention near the TV. Like we mentioned—this option disguises your TV but doesn’t hide it. If you have a TV that can display art, though, this can help blend it in.

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5. Hide Your TV Behind a Room Divider

If you like the idea of hiding your TV behind something that’s easily moveable, you could use a folding room divider screen to visually block off the TV when it’s not in use. A screen is decorative on its own and would look natural just arched in front of the TV, making this a simple solution.

This is a great option for…

Open spaces, like studios or open living/dining rooms. A screen is easy to move, so it doesn’t take too much work to get your TV back in view. And it also adds an extra visual and textural element to your space.

Skip this option if…

You don’t have room for a screen. Room divider screens take up both horizontal and vertical space within a room, so they’re not great in smaller, closed-off spaces.

A Picture TV in the home of Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of Style. This TV lets you display art on the screen when the TV isn’t in use.

6. Make Your TV Masquerade as Art with a Picture Frame TV

A TV that doesn’t look like a TV? Now that’s something we can get behind! There are TVs out there that look more like a piece of framed art than an electronic. How? With ultra-thin displays, they can mount flush against the wall (like artwork), and they’re even outfitted with frames to help sell the look. The frames around the TVs look like actual art frames and create a great visual disguise. And you can often personalize the frame color to fit your decor!

Not only that, but you can display art on the screen when you’re not watching your favorite shows—whether a famous work of art or a vacation photo. Some picture frame TVs come with a library of art—from famous works to new pieces—that you can change with your mood and the season!

This is a great option for…

Rooms where your TV is mounted in a prominent spot and you have no other way to hide it. You can display imagery on the screen when not watching TV.

Skip this option if…

You’re on a tight budget (these babies aren’t cheap!) or if you live somewhere where wall-mounted televisions aren’t possible, like a rental. These television sets often come with a stand, but they simply won’t look as good when not hung on the wall.

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7. Camouflage Your TV with Wallpaper

Using wallpaper on the wall behind your TV is another great way to visually camouflage your TV. Wallpaper adds patterning and art behind the TV so your eye is drawn to that instead of the television. This works best if you opt for a black-and-white wallpaper pattern, so that the black screen of your TV when it’s powered off doesn’t stand out as much.

This is a great option for…

A living room that already has wallpaper or if you want to create a bold accent wall with tons of personality.

Skip this option if…

You really love the wallpaper and don’t want to cover any part up! It’s also not a great choice if you can’t add wallpaper in a rental (unless you use peel-and-stick!) or don’t want to deal with the hassle of hanging wallpaper. And, of course, skip this if you want your TV to truly be hidden rather than just visually disguised.

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8. Hide Your TV in an Armoire…

This one is an oldie but goodie: try housing your TV in an armoire! If specifically made for a TV, these cabinets often have doors that tuck back into the TV compartment so they don’t obstruct the view of the TV, as well as openings at the back for all your cords. And when you’re not watching TV? Shut the doors and put that baby out of view! Bonus: armoires often provide extra storage space for living rooms!

This is a great option for…

Living rooms where you want a more conversational layout but don’t want to sacrifice the option of watching the TV.

Skip this option if…

You’re tight on space, since armoires can be quite big and bulky! Also worth noting? With an armoire, you also have to consider the viewing angle. If the TV can’t come out and swivel, or if your sofa isn’t at the right angle, it can be hard to see the screen at certain angles.

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9. …Or a Bedroom Wardrobe

On a similar note, if you want a TV in your bedroom so you can watch TV from bed, consider hiding your TV in a wardrobe in your bedroom. A wardrobe is typically a piece of furniture that offers storage space for clothing, but it can also be a great fit for a small bedroom TV, concealing it when not in use.

This is a great option for…

Someone looking to get double duty from their wardrobe, and those who want a TV in their bedroom, but don’t want to see it.

Skip this option if…

You have a large TV, since you’re limited by size when placing a TV inside a wardrobe or armoire. This option is best for simple set ups.

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10. Roll Your TV Out of View on a Rolling Cart

If you don’t have the space to physically hide or camouflage your TV when it’s not in use, consider putting your TV on a rolling cart that can be brought in and out of the room on-demand. You can house your TV in a nearby closet and just pull it out when you want to watch it.

This is a great option for…

People who don’t use their TV everyday and don’t mind rolling it in and out of the room when they want to watch a movie or show. It’s also good for people who entertain or who want the appearance of a gadgetless space.

Skip this option if…

You have a very large TV, which would make rolling it out on a cart very precarious. It’s also not great for someone who has a lot of wires to hook up every time you use it, as the plugging and unplugging will become quite cumbersome!

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11. Cover your TV with a Piece of Art

If you have a wall-mounted TV but don’t love staring at that large, rectangular black hole when it’s not in use, consider hanging a piece of artwork over your TV when it’s not in use. This is the more cost-friendly way to disguise your TV with art in comparison to frame TVs that display artwork. And it allows you to have your TV in a prime spot and still display beautiful pieces of art!

But it’s worth noting that this works best with a poster, print, or large-format photo that’s hung with wooden art/poster hangers rather than a frame, which make it more lightweight, easier to move, and is more forgiving in having a TV hung behind it.

This is a great option for…

Those who want to hang their TV over a fireplace; it’s a good spot for both a TV and artwork.

Skip this option if…

You don’t want to slightly customize art to fit around the TV or don’t like the idea of something physically covering it. This could also be difficult to pull off if you have a very large TV.

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12. Incorporate Your TV into a Built-In

If you have a living room, family room, or den with a wall of built-ins, you could incorporate a TV into the largest opening of the built-in. This is another option that doesn’t physically hide your TV, but with all of the surrounding shelving and decor, your eye isn’t drawn to the TV first.

This is a great option for…

Those with a built-in in their den or living room, and those who don’t mind the TV being in the midst of their books and decor.

Skip this option if…

You have a very large TV, which would be more difficult to fit within the shelving of a built-in. And, of course, this wouldn’t work for people who don’t have a home with a built-in and don’t want to create one.

 

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13. Place Your TV Behind a Conversational Layout

If you don’t want your TV to be the central focal point in your living room, focus first on creating a layout that suits your primary needs. For many people, this will be a conversational layout with plenty of seating. Have two sofas facing each other, or have two accent chairs facing a sofa. Then, place your TV on a console (or mount on the wall) behind the smaller seating option. This gives you a good view of the TV from one sofa. And, since the TV is set apart from the seating area, it’s less noticeable.

This is a great option for… 

Occasional TV watchers who don’t need as many seating options directly facing the television.

Skip this option if… 

You have a very narrow space, as it wouldn’t allow for the necessary layout to pull off this look. You want to make sure your two sofas can be spaced apart without the TV being directly above or behind the second sofa.

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Layout Guide: 1 Long and Narrow Room, 2 Comfy Solutions

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

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If you’ve got a long and narrow room, you might feel like you’re stuck with only one layout option. And while it’s true that awkward spaces leave you with fewer design options, you’re far from out of luck! With a little planning, narrow spaces can have huge potential. This week see how we tackle a narrow family den with two clever and comfy layout ideas.

Long and Narrow TV Room

The Homeowners: A couple and their 9-month-old baby and family dog.

The Space: A 7×15 foot den that’s long and narrow with two walls of windows. It’s right off the entry, so it’s open on one side to the rest of the home.

The Challenge: Turning the long and narrow room into a comfortable and functional TV den that includes lots of seating and is kid- and pet-friendly. The catch: The TV only fits on one wall.

long and narrow roomIdea #1: The Tucked-Away TV Layout

If you don’t want Netflix binging to be the only thing you do in the space, use the long and narrow room to your advantage. Don’t stress about making the TV the focal point. Instead, create a space that’s perfect for reading, snuggling, and relaxing.

No one can say no to a large and comfy sectional, right? This one fits the long and narrow space to a T, giving the you extra seating galore!

If you enjoy winding down with a good book, glass of wine, or your favorite TV show, try this layout on in your space!

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Why It Works:

  • The sectional perfectly fits the dimensions of the room, giving it an extra-cozy feel.
  • Instead of a coffee table, two poufs serve double-duty as footrests and extra seating.
  • There’s room to tuck in small side tables, which make up for the missing coffee table.
  • Tucking the huge credenza under the TV makes for a kid-friendly space packed with storage!

long and narrow roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a family room that’s comfortable and doesn’t feel stuffy.
  • Like to spend time catching up on your favorite TV shows, but don’t want to make it too easy to fall into a day-long binge session.
  • Like to host casual game nights for a big crowd.

See the layout idea #1 in 360!

 

long and narrow roomIdea #2: The TV Viewing Layout

If you want a space that’s the real TV-viewing deal, face your sofa towards the TV. Because the room is so narrow, we swapped the sectional for a petite sofa that fits opposite the TV.

This swap turns our long and narrow room into a spacious gathering space. It’s great for watching TV and movies as well as hosting game nights or drinks for friends. There’s also a lot of flexibility to move furnishings around or bring in a few extra chairs.

long and narrow roomWhy It Works:

  • Tucking away the sofa keeps the space feeling open and airy.
  • The TV and the sofa make direct eye contact, which is the optimal layout for watching movies.
  • A round coffee table with hidden storage is both functional and kid-friendly.
  • The poufs make comfy footrests, but can also serve as places to put down a drink.

long and narrow roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a layout that’s flexible —practice yoga, curl up with a book, and host friends for drinks all in this space.
  • Enjoy entertaining small and large groups and need room for people to move around.
  • Need a kid-friendly space with storage for all their toys.
  • Don’t want to get a neck cramp while watching your favorite Tv shows!

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