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In a perfect world, I imagine my family and I as book-loving intellectuals- completely “above” the cheap and mindless entertainment provided by the TV. However, much to my embarrassment, my television has actually come to be one of my most reliable babysitters (I always said I would never become one of those moms, but to hell with preconceived expectations…it’s nice to have a shower every once in a while).
And while the tube has provided hours upon hours of entertainment for my household, its very presence does present some design challenges. Don’t get me wrong…TV sets have come a long way in terms of aesthetics, but they still complicate the decorating process. How does one successfully decorate around a television???
Lucky for you, I am sharing six unique and clever ways to either decorate around your TV or disguise it altogether.
1. TV Gallery Wall
Jenna from Rain on A Tin Roof was freaking genius when she decided to distract from her television by surrounding it with a fabulous gallery wall. I love how the black accent wall further disguises the TV. For her full tutorial be sure to click here.
2. DIY TV Frame
This DIY television frame by Sara of Twelve on Main is giving me some major Modern Farmhouse vibes. I love how this simple framing effect gives the TV more of a built-in appearance. To get the full tutorial click here.
3. DIY Sliding Barn Door Media Center
Looking to completely hide your television and do it in farmhouse fashion (without spending a fortune)? Ashley from Handmade Haven accomplished just that with this beautifully-crafted, DIY media center. To read the full tutorial, click here.
4. Hidden TV Cabinet with Mirrors
Need to hide a television mounted over a mantle? The design goddess herself, Ms. Joanna Gaines, proves such an act of magic is possible in the photo above. Can you believe a tv rests behind those beautiful mirrors? Inspired by this exact design, Robin from Frugal Family Times made a mirrored TV cabinet herself. To read the tutorial, click here.
5. Mounting a TV Directly on a Brick Fireplace
Given I am not as clever or creative as some of my fellow bloggers, I totally embraced my TV (letting it all hang out) by aligning it with the focal point of my living room- the brick fireplace. If I am particularly concerned with appearances (like when I took the photo above), I simply turn on an aesthetically pleasing screen saver (think images of picturesque landscapes). In this tutorial, I show you how I mounted the television on the brick and also how I hid the cords. Click here for the full tutorial.
6. DIY Shelving Around Television
Shelving can be a great way to decorate around your TV as it adds some interest to an otherwise blank/boring wall while also establishing the television as a focal point. Toni from Small Home Soul has a helpful post detailing how she installed shelves around her television. You can click here for the full tutorial.
Hopefully this post has given you some direction on tackling one of the most problematic design dilemmas known to modern man (first world probs…I know!).
Now get out there and design some good vibes.
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