Hiding the TV

This may seem like a non-problem for most people, but as TV sets become not just slimmer but wider, it’s become an issue for the people who are concerned about home decorating. 

  

IF NBC WERE TO DO a special edition of “The Biggest Loser” featuring household appliances, the television set would probably confound the judges. Newly svelte since losing the tube, the average flat-screen is a few inches thin. But what it has lost in depth it’s rapidly gaining in width.

And that makes it a decorating conundrum: The larger the screen, the more it looks like a gaping black hole in the wall—which is why the “television question” is one of the first designers raise when they sit clients down. “It’s always in the initial dialogue,” said Kristine Irving, the creative director of Koo de Kir, a design firm in Boston. “‘Where’s it going to be? Do you want to see it?'”

Here are some of the solutions:

  • Convince the TV it’s a flea-market find 
  • Outsmart it with art 
  • Blur its identity 
  • Tuck it in a ‘fireplace’ 
  • Slip-slide it away
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