TV in living room

A TV certainly can be an eyesore in home design. While the easiest thing to do is eliminate them completely in living areas, this simply won’t do when you need your reality TV or football fix.

There are many seamless ways to incorporate TVs into living rooms—it just takes a little extra planning and thoughtfulness. Some of the options seem intimidating, and some are surprisingly simple. Read on for a mix of designer-approved ideas that’ll have you watching TV in style.

1. Frame It.

In the spirit of starting simply, framing your TV is a great option. A simple frame around the screen is a fun and affordable conversation starter that’s easily customizable to your own style. This is one you can do yourself if you’re at all handy—and if not, you can outsource the job without breaking the bank.

Cord management is a simple fix: A cord cover painted to match the wall is a do-it-yourself solution, or cords can be tucked behind drywall with the help of a professional.

2. Go Old School.

As TV technology has grown over the last decade, people have moved away from storing their media in armoire-style cabinets, but this actually remains a great option. Again, it’s a comparatively affordable option, but one that can enhance the design of the room.

Choose the cabinet style that works for your room, whether that’s ornate and traditional or sleek and contemporary. The limitations here are about screen size. While you’re unlikely to find a piece of furniture that will stylishly hold a 72-inch screen, you can easily find the perfect fit if everyone is willing to sacrifice a few inches.

3. Go New School.

TV in living room

Thanks to technology available through your TV, the television often is the heart and mind of the home, which is why we see so many TVs installed over the hearth. It’s often the only space big enough for today’s TVs and convenient for viewing by everyone in the room. Of course, this often results in the TV overwhelming the room.

One of our favorite compromises? Doors over the mantle that slide apart to reveal the TV. Door design styles are endless, and the most complicated part of construction is that this technique often requires building a space for the TV so that it’s flush with the wall before the door is installed.

4. Try the Pop-Up.

My personal favorite is the pop-up cabinet. This keeps the fireplace mantle free for more aesthetically pleasing art or photography and, like the traditional media cabinet, gives you the chance to take more control of your design style by integrating furniture rather than technology. You can purchase pop-up cabinets in many styles, or work with a handyman or contractor to customize a piece for you, even a piece you already may have.

5. TV, TV On the Wall.

The latest trend in TV disguises is also the coolest. The mirror TV never fails to amaze friends and family. An attractively framed, two-way mirror is installed over the TV and, with the flip of a switch, electric currents change the mirror from reflective to opaque, allowing you to see the TV. You will want to shop for the model that has the least effect on the brightness of the TV picture itself.

6. Hide It in Plain Sight.

If none of these solutions really works for you, remember that a TV screen, when off, is a solid black square. If that black square is surrounded by other black framed art work, in similarly simple and basic tones and shapes, the TV really fades away and is overwhelmed by the more interesting artwork so that it’s nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Which clever media solution will you use in your space?

Interior designer Kerrie Kelly enjoys sharing tips for The Home Depot on making your spaces comfortable and livable. She especially enjoys the challenge of creating a beautiful focal point out of your home electronics. To see some of the home electronics options that Kerrie cites in this article, visit