Designer ideas for decorating a living room with a flat screen tv

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Designer ideas for decorating a living room with a flat screen tv
Decorating around a flat screen TV involves some thought. (Monitor flat screen image by Yuriy Panyukov from

When you buy a flat screen TV, you're making a serious and expensive investment. Simply placing the television in the same area where you used your old television doesn't work. Flat screen televisions are designed to reach more people and from more angles, which means items around the living room block the TV. Designer ideas for decorating a living room with a flat screen TV offer ways to make the television fit into the room's design.

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Make It a Focal Point

You spent a large amount of money on your new television, so make it the focal point of the room. Display the television in a central area of the room and then look around, checking for anything that blocks the television. Set the TV on an entertainment cabinet or console that gets the television several feet off the ground. Hide speakers, DVD players, gaming consoles and other electronic accessories inside the cabinet. Hiding these items keeps the focus on the television.

Blend It In

Blending the flat screen TV into the surrounding room keeps the television from overwhelming your living room. Opt for an entertainment armoire or an antique armoire that keeps the television tucked out of view. When you're ready to watch TV, simply open the doors of the cabinet. Freshome uses an idea where the television sits above an existing fireplace in the living room. The couches and chairs face each other, rather than the television. While you can still see the TV from the couches, it keeps the focus off the television and helps it blend into the room.

Hanging Artwork

Turn your flat screen TV into a piece of artwork for the living room. Find an old picture frame from a flea market or thrift store and make sure it's large enough to completely surround the television. Paint the frame a neutral shade such as white or black that highlights the television. When you hang the television on the wall, hang the empty frame around the television. To make a dramatic statement, hang framed black and white prints above and on the sides of the television.

Architectural Elements

Create a space inside your living room just for the flat screen television. Hire a professional to cut out a cubbyhole in one wall for the television. Attach architectural elements such as old wooden rails or crown moulding to the four sides of the cubbyhole. It draws the eye toward the TV, while still keeping with the style of the room. The television has a central location, without making the TV look like the main feature of the living room.

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