Cristina here, and I love devouring an episode (or four) of Downton as much as the next girl, but in between sessions I rather wish I could make the television disappear, don’t you? When all of the seating is pointed towards the TV it tends to become a focal point in the room, so in this Bring It Home we’re talking about this oh-so-common design dilemma. Keep reading for a few quick solutions and tips to bring this inspiration look home.

  • Patterned wallpaper or a large piece of art on the wall behind the TV will work to camouflage it when not in use. An added benefit is when you get stuck watching something boring (ahem, sports) you have something pretty to look at instead.
  • A tray is the perfect way to corral the remotes in one easy-to-find spot. I can honestly say that since incorporating this into my home I never lose the remote anymore!
  • The lamp and books in the inspiration photos draw attention away from the TV and give the eye a pretty place to rest. Apparently I’m destined to own these F. Scott Fitzgerald books because they were featured in the last Bring It Home too.
  • I’ve yet to find a “media storage unit” that I like the design of, so I like to use a white lacquer dresser. The drawers give plenty of storage space and the long surface area is enough space for more than just a TV.

*inspiration photos Lianna Tarantin via Sous Style, Carrousel candle Byredo, wallpaper Sparkk, Samsung TV Best Buy, faux python tray Furbish, Aerin match striker Neiman Marcus, rock crystal lamp Craig Vandenbrulle, greek key dresser Matthew Izzo, F. Scott Fitzgerald books by Coralie Bickford-Smith

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    Suzy Smith | March 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Great tips! I’ve been struggling with this lately because I feel like our TV is the focal point of our living room and I don’t like that. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Cristina Cleveland | March 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

      I hope this helps Suzy! I think a lot of people feel that way about their living spaces.

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    Monika Reynolds | March 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    totally agree about the TV being the main focus of every room – i hate it! the solution i chose was encasing my tv in a unit I got from IKEA that wraps the TV in book shelves. I put all of my fun trinkets, candles, books, etc on the shelves – lots to look at when the TV is off.


    • Cristina Cleveland | March 28, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Good idea Monika, decorating so that it looks good especially when it’s off!

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    Pixie | March 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Great tips. I have a studio apartment and don’t want the TV to be THE thing you see. Trying to find a nice long low dresser to put the television on top of and have extra storage. Will def try some of these ideas.

    • Cristina Cleveland | March 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

      I live in a studio too and the long low dresser totally works for me. You can never have enough storage 🙂

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    FripperyVintage | March 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I agree too, I have my TV hidden in an antique Chinese dresser, though the doors stay open most of the time at least I know I can hide it when I want.

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    vickiarcher | March 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Having a tray has stopped me losing the remote too!…it also makes the room look much tidier!…I have a TV cupboard so when I’m not watching it, you wouldn’t know it’s there!…xv


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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} | March 19, 2013 at 4:42 am

    These are incredible tips! Never thought of patterned wallpaper/art before!

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    Miro - Dose of Dash | March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

    To completely hide my TV I bought a beautiful old armoire on Craigslist and then mounted the TV inside it with an extendable arm. That way I can face the TV towards me whether I’m on my bed or my chair, but it goes back into hiding when I’m not watching.

    • Cristina Cleveland | March 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Wow you’ve definitely given this some thought. Such a good idea to mix an antique with a modern function, you made it work for you!

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