How To Hide The TV With Style

Learn how to hide the TV in your living room using creative and stylish solutions that blend with your home décor. These methods will ensure the television is discreetly concealed while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your space.

how to hide the TV with style

Televisions have long been the Achilles heel of interior decorators.

Most homes have at least one.

They tend to be installed and watched in the main room in the house.

And they aren’t that pretty to look at.

Fortunately, the flat panel televisions that are available today are much less obtrusive (and easier to conceal) than the older, tube televisions.

Because of this it is becoming more acceptable to have the TV in plain sight.

Which is why I have two types of hiding options:

  • Some will totally cover the TV like a cabinet, so you can’t even tell it is there. If you are one of the people who still doesn’t want to see the TV in your room at all, these are for you.
  • The others make your TV blend in with your decor but don’t actually cover it. Kind of like camouflage. These ways are a little easier to use if you watch the TV on a regular basis since you don’t have to open and close whatever is in front of the screen every time you want to turn it on.

In either case, you can definitely improve the look of your TV so that it isn’t an unwanted focal point in your room.

Keep reading to find out how to hide the TV with style.

1 | Hide the TV behind a DIY frame and picture

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DIY pull down picture and frame that hides the TV

The first way I ever used to hide the TV in my living room was to build a framed picture around it.

I had a photograph printed on a canvas and hung it on the wall over the TV with a roller shade kit. (You can get motorized ones now that are operated by a remote control so you don’t have to get up to roll up the picture).

Then built a frame around the edge of the picture that hides the sides of the TV and the chain from the roller shade (if you’re not using a motorized one).

For more details read our tutorials on how to make a pull down picture and how to make a frame for the TV.

2 | Buy a TV that IS art

Samsung Art TV hung over a fireplace

If you don’t want to go through all the effort of making a piece of art, you can buy a TV that looks like art* when it is turned off.

These televisions comes with some pre-installed artwork that you can choose from, or you can upload your own pictures if you prefer.

They even have different frame options* if you want to make sure the “art” blends in with the rest of your home decor. (Note: These frames only fit on the Art TVs).

They aren’t as expensive as they used to be so I installed one over the fireplace in my porch, and I love it!

3 | Or buy a mirror TV

TV mirror doesn't look like a TV when it is off
Mirror TV*

Similar to the Art TV’s, you can also buy televisions that have a mirror front*.

When they are turned off they look just like a large mirror. But when you turn them on the mirror disappears and you see the television picture.

They are quite a bit more expensive than a regular television set, but you can usually get a payment plan that makes it easier to afford.

Mirror TV hung over a fireplace mantel

I finally splurged and bought one of these. And I love it!

To save a little money, I got a plain frame and gold leafed it to dress it up a bit.

I was worried that the picture wouldn’t be that clear, but it looks just like a regular TV when it’s on. And just like a mirror when it’s off.

4 | Add the TV to an art wall

TV is disguised in an art wall from
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Another option that keeps the TV out in the open but blends it with the decor is to create an art wall around it.

By using prints and frames with a lot of black, the TV’s black box blends right in with the rest of the wall.

Of course, you could also use the art TV* or the mirror TV* from above in the same way to really make it blend in.

5 | Put up a wall hung TV cabinet

Gold and mirror TV cabinet that hides the flat screen TV

Flat screen TV cabinets are boxes that are intended to be installed over the television, like the one I have in my bedroom (which unfortunately is no longer available).

TV Wall Cabinet*

They have doors that fold back when you want to watch TV, and can be closed when you don’t want to see the TV. Like this one.*

DIY TV Cabinet from

If you prefer a DIY project, you could build a box and add some doors to it to accomplish the same thing.

Which also gives you the flexibility to finish it however you want. You could even use artwork or mirrors on the front if you really want to jazz it up a bit

Find the step-by-step instructions at

6 | Cover it with sliding doors

If your TV is hung on a fairly large wall (at least twice the width of the screen), then this sliding artwork could be a good way to hide it.

It’s built like a mini version of a barn door that is just big enough to cover your television.

Creating the art as two pictures that can hang on their own (like the leaves in this picture), means that it looks really good when the artwork is open, too…like it is meant to be there!

And of course you can change the type and color of the art to match your decor. 

7 | Get a TV lift cabinet

TV lift cabinet that looks like an old trunk
TV Lift Cabinet*

A TV lift cabinet is perfect if you want to hide a TV in the middle of a room, like at the end of your bed.

The television slides down into the box when you’re not using it so it looks like a regular cabinet.

It is a little more expensive than some of the other options, but it definitely keeps the television set out of view.

8 | Hang the TV on a dark-colored accent wall

TV disguised against a dark background

One of the easiest ways to conceal a TV without totally hiding it is to hang it on a dark colored accent wall.

That way the dark color of the TV screen blends into the background and doesn’t stand out as much.

9 | Install the TV in a bookshelf

TV in a bookshelf with a chaise in front of it

Installing the television in a bookshelf is another way to disguise your TV.

Similar to the art wall above, it blends in with the other items you have on the shelves, so it doesn’t stand out as much.

The shelves also leave room for other audio/visual equipment that often comes with a TV installation.

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This post was originally published on June 16, 2015 but was updated with new content on April 17, 2024.

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  1. Lee Johnson says:

    Update: Now you can turn on your TV and search for ART TV on YouTube and there are channels that show classical or a variety of art styles that you can chose from, and some play music, and you can have art where the TV is!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks for the tip, Lee! I will have to look for those 🙂

  2. kathryn Richmond says:

    Hi, I love, love, love your decorating style. Absolutely fabulous! My all time favorite decorator to date. Purple being my favorite color, I am just swooning !!. I would love to do everything exactly as you have but don’t have the time or patience. I love your mirrored cabinet that hides your tv in the master bedroom but the link is not working? Do you have any other sources for anything similar? Also, I was looking at your chair makeover for your outdoor space. I love everything you have done out there and would love some more photos of your (what appears to be outdoor bar) and your other areas. thanks so much. I just wish I could do everything that you have done. !!! Absolutely breathtaking !!!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Kathryn! It’s always nice to meet other purple-lovers 🙂 Unfortunately, that TV cabinet isn’t sold anymore, and I haven’t found something close to it (It is one of my favorites!) For the outdoor bar, I have a post on the deck makeover I did last year which has a few pictures of the bar. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the link:

  3. Elaine Lyons says:

    Some good ideas. I like the one u have.

    1. Thanks, Aunt Elaine! I’m a little partial to it myself 🙂