While TVs have come a long way in the past few decades, wall-mounted TVs can still be a serious decorating challenge. Not only do they look somewhat awkward, but they determine the way you decorate the rest of the room. A few simple suggestions can help you make the most of your potential eyesore.
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Put Something Under It
Probably the least expensive solution to your TV dilemma is to decorate strategically to help the TV look less conspicuous. Begin by adding a long shelf or unique piece of furniture under the TV to prevent the "floating" look. If you use a piece of furniture, take advantage of the added space it provides by using it to store DVDs, speakers and other items.
Decorate Around It
Once you've found a way to help your TV look grounded, frame it with unique art and other decorative pieces. Contrast the width of your TV by arranging photos and art in vertical groups. Use the surface below to display bold, colourful pieces, like unusually shaped vases, candles, low plants, unique sculptures or an artistic lamp. If you need help filling wall space, try positioning a tree on one side to break up the rectangular shapes.
Frames can give flat-screen TVs a sleek, artistic look that helps them blend in with the decor of your living room. The biggest caution when purchasing a frame for your flat screen is to make sure the frame is specifically designed to go around a TV, as a standard frame may cause the TV to overheat because of lack of ventilation. Roomzaar.com offers custom-made flat-screen frames that can be specialised to any wall-mounted flat screen. (See Resources)
If you're looking for a high-tech variation to the idea above, try purchasing a frame that allows you to disguise the TV as a mirror or a piece of art. The "mirror" used to cover the TV is actually made of one-way glass that allows the light and colours from the screen to pass through, while creating the illusion of a mirror when the TV is turned off. If you prefer to go with artwork, the cover can be retracted using a remote control. To get the illusion of art without having to purchase an expensive frame, simply insert a DVD with photos of your favourite pieces of art.
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