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HGTV Secrets Revealed! Why TVs Are Never Shown
You guys LOVED the HGTV Secrets I’ve been exposing, like why books are always backwards. So today, I’ve got another one. But first, let’s paint the picture:
So, you’re sitting there, watching your fave HGTV show (Hidden Potential, of course!), and the camera is panning around the house in the big reveal. And suddenly you think to yourself, “WAIT A MINUTE… WHERE’S THE TV?!” Guys, don’t worry. We’re not leaving these people without a TV.
So What’s the HGTV Secret?
There are just some facts you have to face about TVs when it comes to making a TV show. And here’s it is: they look like huge black squares on TV. Sounds kinda funny, right? TVs, when shown on TV, look terrible! So, in the design process we talk to our clients/homeowners about where they’d like their TVs placed in their homes, and then we start our whole renovation process. Then we wire for TVs, but instead of installing them for the big camera reveal, we hang artwork over the hookups instead.
Maybe next time you see an HGTV reveal with a cool piece of artwork hung above a fireplace, or anywhere else that would make sense to mount a TV, you’ll think to yourself, “Hey! I bet that’s where the homeowner put their TV after production wrapped.” Welcome to the HGTV Secrets Club.
However, in this home project above, it was a bit of a rarity because this room was actually focused on the homeowner being able to watch a lot of things on TV at once. But as you can see in this photo, you can spot people from my crew in the reflection of the screen! That would happen a lot more often if we put TVs in all our reveals. Especially huge TVs like this one!
And I must say, looking at these spaces with art instead of a TV definitely inspires me to find better ways to disguise my own TVs in real life. Because while a lot of us probably use our TVs often (we definitely do in my house!), when mine isn’t on, I’d rather it not be so obvious.
So, I have a few ideas for you to copy the HGTV Secrets and disguise or minimize the appearance of your TV so it is more seamless with your design.
1. Mount Your TV Within a Gallery Wall
Pick the wall where you intend to mount your TV, hook it up, and then hang a gallery of artwork around it. That way when your TV is off, it will blend in nicely since it will be hanging on a wall amidst other things. Get creative and hang all kinds of things, like woven wall hangings!
2. Recess Your TV in the Wall & Hang Art Over It
If you’re working with a carpenter or contractor, pick the wall space where you want to hang your TV and have them notch a space into the wall where the TV will fit flush with the wall. Then you can hang art over the TV when it’s not in use. No one would ever know it’s there!
3. Buy a Frame TV
This isn’t an ad, I just think the Samsung Frame TV is really cool! It has different settings to choose from so you can make it look like a cool piece of art when it’s not in use. I’ve linked to it and other ways to disguise your TV below!
Shop Different Ways to Disguise Your TV
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Do you guys want more HGTV Secrets Revealed!! Maybe I have a few more up my sleeve. Let me know what you guys think!