{Reader Emails} What To Do With The Big Black Box

Happy Monday to all!  A regular feature I hope to include in A Storied Style are reader emails.  I love hearing from you, and I love helping you sort out your design dilemmas!  So if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments, please feel free to use the Contact page or email me at Submissions @ AStoriedStyle .com, including the subject title “Reader Emails”.

I received the following email a couple of weeks ago and thought her predicament would connect with many of you.

Hey Grace,

What to do with the ugly tv in a stylish living room? I am not a fan of hanging them above the fireplace (I want to decorate my mantle not put technology up there!)… I hate big media center-beast type furniture…but there is a need for a tv in my house and I want it to work with my eclectic, fun, hodge-podge house….How can I mix my big-ugly tv with the rest of my pretty stuff?

Feel free to ignore this, just thought others might have the same predicament…

I’m sure many of you can relate to this.  You’re over the “Tower of Power” (please tell me you are),

and you don’t necessarily want a media cabinet.  (although I do think this can work if your piece is interesting and un-fabricated looking)
There is hope outside of these options.
If you have a bigger budget, I think built-in bookshelves can be intriguing enough to draw the eye away from the big black box.
Lonny
The custom made thick white frame surrounding the television is really stunning here.

Katie Ridder

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Windsor Smith

Hudson Cabinetry

This unit is not necessarily built-in, but I think the use of shelves is genius and extremely well-done.

House Beautiful

Hiding the television behind art is a fun idea.  And yes, I know you can purchase remote controlled art that lifts up to reveal the television behind it, or mirrors that change at the push of a button to show it is really a television, and that is all fine and dandy, but I’m trying to be realistic ($$$) for the general public and myself.

This girl screwed L-shaped brackets onto the back of her canvas and simply rests it on top of her television when she wants to conceal it.  Easy breezy.

John's Journal

This one has its own little track to roll on.

Southern Living

This is cleverly disguised, yes?  And it’s in a bathroom!!

Sroka Design

I like the cute little doors, too.  An option that works well over a fireplace.

Houzz

Country Living

Cote de Texas

Love the ones that roll along the metal bar: barn door style!

Cote de Texas

Crisp Architects

Schmitt&Company

I’d like to try this myself: hide the television behind a vintage roll-down map or botanical chart!

House Beautiful

However, probably my most favorite (and attainable!) idea is the TV gallery wall.  Done correctly, it can draw your focus away from the television and onto pretty and interesting things.  Behold, a bevy of inspiration!

Shaina Mailloux

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Atlanta Homes

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Little Green Notebook

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HGTV

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One Kings Lane

BrooklynLimestone.com

Erin Valecich

Accents of black seem to work well (as does painting your wall black), since the black mimics the black frame of the television.  These silhouettes from Better Homes and Gardens are cute (seen in the photo below), and you can download and print them here!  Another Fun Idea: chalkboard paint your wall and draw pretty chalk frames – you could even fill your chalk “frames” with pictures or art!

House Beautiful

Apartment Therapy

Real Living

I just finished a couple of living rooms (a formal and a casual) this weekend.  The casual living room housed a television, and I cannot wait to show you the TV gallery wall we put together!  Stay tuned for pictures, how-to’s and lots of inspiration from those rooms later on in the week!

Do you have a television that needs some pizazz?  How will you use these ideas?  What’s your solution to “teleguise” – ha!  Tell me, I’m all ears!

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