Hide the TV (or Don't)
Once an unwelcomed guest in home decorating, televisions are making their way back into living spaces.
Once viewed as an impediment to good design, the television has come full circle. In fact, in modern and contemporary spaces, a sleek flat screen complements the aesthetic.
"The new ones are designed so beautifully, I treat them as artistic installations," says Jose Soles Betancourt, a Washington, D.C., designer. "I'll treat the television as a painting." Atlanta designer Dan Carithers employed a similar tactic in the example at left, where a flat screen serves as part of a living room wall grouping.
SCREENPLAY: "Hide the television inside a glycine print, a fine art photograph, a photo of your family, or behind 1/4-inch mirrored glass, so it's disguised when you're not watching it," says Dallas designer Sherry Hayslip. "When you're ready to watch, you just punch a button."