While television is certainly a functional item that many people would say they truly cannot live without, not everyone wants to stare at a large black screen when the TV is powered off.
But don't fret—hiding your TV in plain sight is easier (and more stylish) than you might think—it turns out that designers have come up with many creative solutions for doing just this, and we're sharing six of our favorites below.
These clever approaches keep aesthetics top of mind without sacrificing function—so whenever you do feel like binge watching your favorite show or hosting friends for movie night, you'll be able to do so in a matter of seconds, with no major prep required.
Design by Ashley Hanley / Photo by Kip Dawkins
Ashley Hanley, founder and interior designer at Ashley Hanley, explains that her clients wanted their living room to function both as a space for more formal get-togethers as well as a spot to relax in front of the TV.
Additionally, Hanley notes that this room connects to the foyer, dining room, and kitchen, and she and her clients did not want the TV to be visible from all of these different spaces.
At the same time, the wall above the mantel was the ideal spot to mount the TV, and Hanley wanted to take advantage of the open space. So the designer asked her carpenter to build a custom cabinet, complete accordion style doors featuring decorative molding, to hide the TV when it isn't in use—it's safe to say that the setup works wonderfully.
Graci Interiors / Photo by Sara Essex Bradley
Chad Graci, an interior designer and founder of Graci Interiors, also chose to incorporate a TV into a formal living room, opting for a custom panel screen with art hanging over it to hide the screen.
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