Tuesday, 17 July 2012

How to design a room with a TV

Incorporating a TV into an interior design scheme is not always easy and sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Is it me or has anyone else noticed that a large proportion of magazines and websites do not feature rooms with a TV making inspiration hard to come by. Admittedly, they are not always stylish and can shatter the illusion of a beautifully styled home and throw the balance of a room but I like nothing more than settling down with a good film at the end of a long day/week. So there must be a compromise?

For me it is not realistic to have a room without a TV, on one hand I think that a seperate TV room would be ideal but on the other I love the relaxed atmosphere of watching TV in the living room, I do not want our living/family room to be formal. I am sure plenty of you feel the same. We also do not all have the option to have a dedicated TV room so, with this in mind I wanted to share with you some inspiring images which incorporate a TV and remain stylish whether country, modern, classic, luxury or contemporary is your choice of style.

This is the route I am going to be taking in my own home to remain loyal to my original Victorian features, personally I do not feel it right to hang a TV on the wall here and would like something more sympathetic so will be taking a less bold approach with shelving above the TV so it almost disappears with the books and vignettes.

 For those of you who want to completely conceal the TV, here are some great options; TV hidden behind a mirror, a bespoke storage unit which can be pulled back to reveal/disguise the TV or my favourite, the mirror TV. When switched off, the TV appears as a wall mounted mirror - These can incorporate all the current technology including 3D and many companies offer a number of sizes to suit your requirements - I love these but your bank account may not feel the same!
Alternatively, a solution which works well in the more contemporary home, a Wall hung TV which has been sunk into the wall to create a super sleek and stylish finish.

I hope this has given you some inspiration on how to fit a TV into your home and work with your design rather than the TV stealing the show!


  1. These are great ideas - I hate it when the TV dominates the room, and everything is pointed at it! I would rather not have one than be in that position. But behind the mirror?! Haha, brilliant...

  2. Funny you say that, I have been thinking the exact same thing. It really annoys me that magazines never show this. I find it really pretentious, like this people are so amazing they never watch tv!

    We have bought a victorian flat and have the same issue. I think the only satisfactory way to do it is to lose the fireplace (it's not original), stick the tv above it and a contemporary fireplace underneath.

    Have you seen Courtney Cox's tv room? That's the best solution I've seen (here: http://pinterest.com/pin/3588874673954521/) Hang it on the wall but use some funky wallcovering to disguise it and stick a big fern in the way!

    Great post Laura, loved your interview on HOP.

  3. Great ideas that you have made on your living room.Nice setting up of your television.I really appreciate it.Thanks!