11 TV wall ideas that are both practical and stylish

A well-designed TV wall can make all the difference to your movie nights (nothing beats a widescreen cinema experience) and serve practical housing needs. However, once turned off, wall-mounted TVs can sometimes look like an eyesore, especially if unsightly wires or cables can be seen ruining the aesthetics.

Fortunately, there are some smart and stylish TV wall ideas to seamlessly hide or incorporate your TV into your home decor. For example, in this TV wall unit (pictured above from Cult Furniture), the TV on the right fits in seamlessly without becoming the centerpiece — it’s the composite shelves that play the big part in the living room, aided by the spotlight.

When it comes to TV wall ideas, an obvious choice is a media wall, which allows homeowners instead of a TV stand to mount their flat screen TV to the wall to display other media, including speakers, game consoles, record players, etc. Nowadays, a media wall is usually placed above an existing fireplace or next to a new fireplace insert. Request professional advice about installation, studwalls and electricity. In general, media walls also provide good storage. It’s perfect for small living rooms, it helps streamline and organize an area, and it’s an ideal way to maximize vertical wall space.

“Incorporating a television into built-in cabinets always makes for a more thoughtful look,” suggests Natalie Murray-Hurst, interior designer at Murray Hurst interiors. “Incorporating your TV into a unit allows the technology to blend into the room schedule, so the TV isn’t the center of the room. However, if you prefer the simplicity of a TV mounted on a regular wall, make sure the cables are routed in the wall.”

However, you may want to focus on mounting your TV for an eye-catching wall — wallpaper, mural, or clever paint effect — that makes your room more interesting in a cohesive way. It is also a more cost-effective option. In this case, invest in cable trays and cable storage boxes to hide unsightly wires.

Regardless of which TV wall idea you choose, important considerations include location, light or sun exposure, and whether you have enough wall space on either side.

“When it comes to installing TVs in projects, we’re definitely installing more and using some inventive ways to hide them,” said Emma Deterding, founder and creative director at Kelling Designs. Gone are the old days when everyone wanted to hide their TVs because they were big, ugly brutes. Now, in the right place, with the right care, and with so many modern, designer-led options out there, they can look pretty neat.”

From clever built-in solutions to stylish wallpapers, here are 10 TV wall ideas to transform your rooms.

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TV Wall Idea 1: Fireplace Media Wall

Placing a TV over a fireplace is often common, and this modern twist is simply stunning. The TV is placed above a contemporary fireplace, with a recessed design to display firewood. Designed in a bold blue colour, this TV wall is an eye-catcher and a real statement.

“A built-in electric fireplace offers a design-led choice for the discerning homeowner who wants to combine modern looks with the latest technology,” agrees Jon Butterworth, director at Arada Stoves. “Pair with a high-tech flat screen TV to complete the signature wall and achieve perfect balance in the room.”

Pictured: Ellere Electric Fire, Arada

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TV wall idea 2: wooden feature wall

Natural materials such as wood can provide an attractive backdrop that can detract from your TV. A wooden wall adds character and brings a lot of warmth to the room. This decorative wood effect is made of eco-friendly wood panels designed for internal wall cladding, making it the ideal wall.

‘Large TVs are desirable, but keep in mind the TV size in relation to the area of ​​the feature wall. You want everything to be in proportion,” advises Gary Walmsley, Managing Director at Designer Walls. ‘Always keep your cables in mind, often modern TVs only need power because they run on Wi-Fi – a recessed box behind the TV is very useful when tidying up cables. If there are more cables such as HDMI etc., a trucking in the wall is recommended.’

Shown: wooden wall panel (Latvia), design walls

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TV Wall Idea 3: Closet Wall

If you don’t like a plain TV wall or don’t have room for a storage cabinet, why not combine the two? Build your cabinets around your TV to utilize storage space and create a great looking display wall. It is especially ideal for compact rooms.

“Putting a television in a built-in cabinet always makes for a more thoughtful look. I also believe it gives a more homely feel than just being mounted on a regular wall,” agrees Natalie Murray-Hurst of Murray Hurst Interiors. “To make the TV blend even more, choose a device in a deep color to soften the black of the screen.”

Pictured: Custom Media Unit, Murray Hurst Interiors

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TV Wall Idea 4: Custom Media Wall Unit to Match Your Home Decor

If you have a decor scheme, create a TV wall that matches your room style. You can choose a matching color or texture that suits your interior. This beautiful TV wall beautifully complements the grays of this formal living room. Before you do this, there are some practical elements to keep in mind.

‘Placing a TV on a bosom is always a problem, but with a little planning it can’t be avoided,’ advises Jaki Willson, Manager for Falchi Interiors. “There must be sufficient space between the flue and the TV (in this case we have allowed 15 cm), the correct fire-resistant materials must be used for each housing and frame and ventilation openings must be included in the design to allow airflow.”

Pictured: Maidenhead Project, Falchi Interiors

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TV Wall Idea 5: Floating Furniture Frame

Whether you have a compact or cluttered space, use floating furniture to frame your TV. This eye-catching design features strategically placed floating storage above and below the TV, creating a quirky frame.

“Mounting your TV to the wall can be a great way to create a tidy, modern look in your home,” says Grant Robertson, Interior Design Leader at IKEA UK and Ireland. “Start by deciding where to place the television in the room, test different heights and angles to find the perfect viewing experience.”

In addition, when furniture is lifted off the floor, it allows more light to filter through underneath, creating the illusion of more space.

Pictured: TV and media storage, IKEA

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Idea 6 of the TV wall: modular TV cabinet with storage space

This TV cabinet gives this living room a modern, industrial touch thanks to its rectangular, grid-like appearance. With the TV centered, there are 10 open rectangular shelves for storing and displaying everything from books to photos. The lower level houses four double closets to keep clutter out of sight. The TV integrates seamlessly into this because the open shelves of the furniture ensure that the gray wall remains visible.

Shown: Wakendale modular TV unit with shelf bridge and low cabinets with additional planters, shelves

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TV Wall Idea 7: Luxury Suede Wall

If you want to add a touch of glamor to your TV wall, add a suede background. This beautiful TV is encased in a plush suede wall with floating shelves and an entertainment unit. “If you encase a TV in cabinetry, it is important to ensure good ventilation so that the device does not get too hot,” advises Niloufar Lamakan, interior designer at Nila Design.

“I also used a suede-finish wallpaper to give it a luxurious look and had to make sure the fire rating for the wallpaper was appropriate.” Be sure to check guidelines and use suitable wallpaper before encasing electrical appliances.

Pictured: Nila Design

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TV Wall Idea 8: Create a Gallery Wall

Complement the TV on the wall by creating a picture wall around it. This recessed design from Alexander James Design places the TV in the center of the wall with built-in display units above and below and framed pictures on either side.

Julia Clifford of Alexander James Interiors explains: ‘Whether you’re looking for a more fun way to hide cables or children’s toys, display memorabilia or your favorite keepsakes – a media wall can add a touch of elegance to what previously felt like a little a thorn in the eye.’

Plus, a gallery wall allows you to swap out your favorite photos or artwork at any time.

Pictured: Alexander James Interiors

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TV wall idea 9: disguising behind a fabric roller blind

If you want your TV to be discreet, you can hide it behind a lively roller blind. This elegant solution for hiding a television screen in the salon was designed by Sarah Wodehouse of Decibel Designs. The roller blind is made of a hand-dyed and woven ikat, commissioned by textile designer Ptolemy Mann.

‘The blindfold had to have a suitable weight and structure in order to be laminated,’ says Sarah. “The minimum number of controls is desirable, so at the touch of a button the curtain rolls out of sight and the television tilts forward, ready to select a channel.” A creative and more aesthetically pleasing TV wall design – so you don’t even know it’s there!

Pictured: Decibel Designs

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TV Wall Idea 10: Customized TV Wall

If you want to keep your walls clean and untouched, create a custom TV wall. Such walls are more versatile and can be placed anywhere in your space with proper planning. You can also personalize it with built-in storage, speakers or stylish LED lighting.

“If you plan it early enough in your design, outlets and antenna inputs can be positioned to be hidden behind the TV,” said Emma Deterding, founder and creative director at Kelling Designs. ‘This can also be done with custom joinery, in which shelves are made on both sides of the place where the TV will be placed and all cables run behind the finished front.’

Pictured: Kelling Designs

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TV Wall Idea 11: Mirror, Mirror

For those who prefer mirrors above their fireplace, TV mirrors are practical solutions. Once turned off, custom TV mirrors offer a clever way to hide technology in the interior. In this way, the focus is more on the decor style than on the technology. Designed by Peter Staunton Design Studio, this TV mirror solution fits seamlessly into this elegant living room, without compromising the style of the decor.

Pictured: Peter Staunton Design Studio.

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