When it comes to decorating a living room, the TV is always problematic. In fact, lots of people just make it obvious that the living room is virtually an altar for their huge TV. That’s not exactly the kind of design philosophy that makes a living room look stylish and relaxing.
So what can you do instead of just putting your flat screen TV on the wall with the rest of the furniture arranged towards the TV? If you’re looking for some creative ideas for your living room, here are our suggestions:
- Keep the TV out of sight with a sliding panel. This move can get expensive, but many homeowners find it worth every dollar. You can place the TV in a cabinet niche and then cover it up with tongue and groove panels for a modern look. Or you can opt for some exposed hardware and recycled wood for a more industrial vibe.
- Have a mirror instead of a TV. You can always count on the Germans to come up with a brilliant piece of modern engineering. This time they’ve created a special type of glass that you put over the TV screen so that you have a mirror in a nice frame instead of an ugly black appliance in the middle of your wall. Just turn on the lights to make it work like a mirror. When you want to watch TV, turn the TV on and switch off the lights in the room. This works best when you have wireless speakers for the TV, so that the ugly cables don’t mar the effect.
- Make the TV part of your wall of art. When you have your TV mounted on the wall, you can make it less of a centerpiece by surrounding it with frames of art and photos. Just make sure that these other frames are of a similar size as the size of the TV screen. These other photos can attract the attention of the people in the living room away from the blank screen of the TV. Your eyes won’t automatically gravitate towards the TV screen every time.
- Paint the wall behind the TV in a dark color. One great color choice for your wall is charcoal, which can go very well with many types of living room furniture. The dark space is quite dramatic, and at the same time it offers a cozy vibe that’s very relaxing. The main bonus is that the dark color also surrounds your black TV screen, so it becomes part of the background. Then put something light-colored and dramatic wall pieces against that charcoal wall, and that will become the focus instead.
With these ideas, there’s no reason why the TV should automatically become the focal point of your living room!