Conceal, not reveal: Discreet ways to display your television
When it comes to concealing what for many is a household staple — a television — I prefer to go beyond the gizmos an gadgets and look to the basics: old fashioned good design.
We have all heard of decor items like televisions that become mirrors or artwork. While some of those items can be gorgeous, for some owners they may prove to be unpractical.
As an interior designer, I am a huge fan of concealing a television through the use of sliding doors or panels (e.g. having a television recessed into a niche that can be concealed or covered by sliding doors or panels). There are several ways to do this. The television can be hidden behind the panels of an entertainment unit, folding doors that conceal it behind a niche or sliding doors or barn doors attached to an overhead mounting railing.
A recent design success story relates to how I concealed a television in a home studio using barn doors. The homeowner had the choice of either having the barn doors open to reveal the television when in use or closing the barn doors and concealing the television to reveal shelving.
■Create a niche along the wall where you wish to conceal the television.
■Making your niche 2 feet deep is a good rule of thumb.
■Purchase a high quality railing system that will allow your sliding doors to move back and forth easily.
■Mount the television on a bracket that allows the television to extend and swivel within the niche.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at email@example.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.