How to Decorate With a Flat Screen


Flat screen TVs take up much less room than their bulkier predecessors. Their slim, sleek design allows you to incorporate them into your home decor rather than decorating around them. Display your TV in a retractable cabinet, on a slim piece of furniture, in the midst of an art arrangement or hide it. The method you choose should complement your decorating style and TV viewing habits. Hiding the TV may make more sense if you rarely use it, or may be an inconvenience if you watch the TV daily.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint/wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories
  • Paint the wall or put up wallpaper on the wall you plan to put the TV on or in front of. Use a bright color to draw attention to the wall and frame the TV. Alternatively, use a neutral color if you want the TV to blend into the rest of the room.

  • Arrange your furniture around the TV if that is the primary function of the room. Opt for a cabinet that hides the TV if you don't want it to always be visible. Hang the TV on a wall above a large floating shelf or low cabinet, or perch the TV on the cabinet. Flank the cabinet or low shelf with two taller shelves that are the same height as the TV to create an entertainment center look with clean lines. Grouping your sofa, love seat and chairs to face each other will take the focus off the TV.

  • Hang pictures, artwork or sculptures around the TV to display it like a piece of art in a larger arrangement. Hang a frame around the TV that matches the other frames or purchase special frames or covers for the TV. There are products available that cover the TV, such as a two-way mirror that you turn off to view the TV or a canvas that retracts to reveal the TV.

  • Accessorize the room with smaller picture frames on tables that match the frame around the TV. Use a small shelf or console to house extra electronic components. Hide electrical cords in a tube specifically made for electric cords painted the same color of the wall if there is no way to hide them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Mounting a TV on the wall or on furniture may require special hardware. Do not try to mount the TV unless you have the proper hardware and know where the studs are. Failing to mount the TV correctly may result in the TV falling, which can be costly and pose a safety hazard.

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