Today I’m on a plane to Italy for a little antique shopping. But it’s Tuesday so that means it’s Tobi TV! In this segment we’re talking about the TV. What to do with it, I mean. Do we hide it, or do we buy the biggest one we can afford and leave it out for all the world to see?
Or maybe the best answer lies somewhere in between. And another thing – do we hang it over the fireplace, install it in a bookcase, or hide it in the trusty (or rusty) old armoire?
Of all the questions I get asked on the topic of interior design, this one comes up a LOT! And I personally am a fan of embracing the “exposed” TV. They are a big part of our daily lives and we just don’t seem to go to the trouble to cover them up every day, even when we have that option.
So here’s my Tobi TV segment today with my TV tips…
And if you want to follow my lead with your TV at home, here are my Tobi’s Top TV Tips to help you do just that:
1. Just roll with it. If you are watching TV every single day, you aren’t likely to go to any trouble to put it away, right? So let it be. And go simple with decorating around it. You don’t want it to start to look like the proverbial “lipstick on a pig” because you tried too hard to decorate it or cover it up.
2. If your mantel is low enough for a comfortable viewing height, and by placing the TV there it is most visible and functional in the space, then by all means do it. But don’t try to force your TV over the mantel when it’s really too high, just because you think this placement fits the current trends. Function should always be first.
3. TVs aren’t going away anytime soon, but armoires certainly are. If you are a traditionalist when it comes to your interiors and you just can’t get comfortable with the TV being exposed, look for stylish and up-to-date cabinets or a credenza with a TV lift so it can be out of sight when you want it to be, and easily lift up for viewing. Or have your local cabinet shop build one for you that perfectly fits your TV and your room.
Now tell me, is the TV a bone of contention in your household? Do you want to cover it up but others in your house just aren’t for that? Or have you come up with a clever compromise so every in the house is happy…at least where the TV is concerned? Either way, leave me a comment and let me know how the “Great TV Debate” fleshes out in your home.
Thanks for watching today! I can’t wait to tell you about my Italy trip and what goodies I find while I am there. Maybe they will just have to be a part of a future episode of Tobi TV. Stay tuned…
And don’t forget, if you LOVE my Tobi TV tips, you will really love joining me in person at my Design from A to Z live event in Dallas March 18-19. After 2 action-packed “Design Days” with me, you will be ready to tackle your most difficult design dilemmas and design like a pro! So head on over to my website while there’s still seats available and grab yours so we can design together in Dallas next month! I can’t wait to see you there.