Guess what we’re doing this week…?? Looking for a new TV. Ugh, NOT my kind of shopping, but our decade-old big (huge) screen TV finally bit the dust last night. You see, it was a
…and those just weren’t a good idea from the start. Oh, how silly we consumers can be. While there’s great debate about whether or not a T.V. should be in the bedroom, there’s definitely no debate in our house. It’s going in, like it or not. I did enjoy reading myself to sleep last night instead, and had some sound sleep and vivid dreams, but we’re creatures of habit, and I don’t think this will change. I mean, how are we going to watch CBS Sunday Morning with an entire pot of coffee on the weekends?! Get out of bed?? I don’t think so!!
But this time, I think we should scale back the size a (lot) bit, because sometimes it felt like we were going to bed in the front row at the movie theater. Our poor eyes. This venture also inspires me to change some things up, involving decorating around the specimen.
I’ve rounded up some really crafty and fantastic solutions by talented folks and DIYers for some inspiration. You can either try to 1-hide it, 2-camouflage the beast, or 3-let it loose. Either way, there’s some finessing to it:
- HIDE IT
These are some nifty ideas that will require a bit of hardware and mechanics, but definitely worth the elegance if you’re not one to love the look of an enormous black rectangle as the focal point of your decor!
Genius DIY, that you may be able to use your own print or have printed art attached to the roller if you’re not into maps. I, for one, love me a map! Geography is my jam, plus it reminds me of all the places I haven’t been. Because that’s pretty much ALL the places. (laugh-cry-laugh-cry cry cry)
They used 4 rows of piano hinges to achieve this installment!
2. CAMOUFLAGE IT
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m no DIYer and neither is my dude. He’s perfectly capable, but finds “better” things to do with his time. Boo-hoo for me. So, one of my favorite solutions to “hide” a TV is to camouflage it with a black or very dark wall- either with paint or with wallpaper. In this instance, I am loving the choice of the black built in, but the photo below it is pretty slick, too.
3. LET IT LOOSE
Now, I’m not condoning a bachelor-pad TV metal & glass stand with cords oozing from every shelf and surface, but there’s a way to let your TV be its god-given self and still look stylish and deliberate. To enhance it’s natural beauty, shall we say, it will need these three things:
a) A stylish base that is classified as real furniture (a credenza, dresser, or console) Some media furniture is acceptable, but to look sophisticated, don’t go for anything with the obvious open shelving in the center, letting your boxes and cords be seen. Look for pieces with solid doors like the examples below.
b) If you don’t have a built-in, and are letting your TV float on the wall, consider a gallery wall- either randomized like the one above, or strategically symmetrical for a more polished look.
c) Decorative objects on the base piece help to dress your space. The can be small and set below as to not block optimal viewing or the receiver signal, or I also like to use tall, thin candle sticks asymmetrically on one or both sides of the TV depending on space.
Be sure to figure out how to switch over to a radio signal instead of a laser– your cable company can help you do that as well! That way there will be no excuse for you to order up a “media console” with open or glass shelves like you had in college, and your bedroom or family room can finally feel like a grown-up lives there.
The wheels are turning, but time to set off on an electronics hunt first. Wish me luck… #firstworldproblems
Have a fun, TV-binging evening, you luckies 🙂