Nate Berkus Proves A TV Doesn't Need To Be Hidden For A Room To Be Stylish

Those who love to cultivate their interior style with unique furnishings and perfectly curated decor know there's nothing more challenging than trying to fit in the less "aesthetic" aspects of a room. For some, it's incorporating a partner's belongings that don't match the design; for others, it's trying to work the functional aspects seamlessly into the room. In the living room, the television can often be a sore spot for interior design. Some people have hidden the TV and other electronic devices behind cabinets, only bringing them out when they're being used. However, interior designer Nate Berkus doesn't believe you have to hide your television to save a room's design.

Instead, Berkus suggests building it into the room. "Designing a room with a TV can be a challenge," Berkus wrote onĀ Instagram. "For me, hiding it rarely looks as good as building a bookshelf filled with your favorite vintage finds to make the space seem layered and lived in." Creating a built-in bookshelf with a dedicated space for a television makes the device seem like an intensional part of the design. Plus, decorating the shelves around it makes it so that the TV is drawing all the attention and becoming the focal point of the room.

No need to hide

Many people curate their interior style to be perfect. Sometimes, these rooms look so aesthetically pleasing that it doesn't appear as though someone lives there. So, trying to hide the TV can lead to furniture and designs that look forced and out of place. Interior designer Nate Berkus believes it's better to try and incorporate the television into the design rather than force a way to hide it. With a built-in bookcase, create a nook that's the size of the television so it fits snugly into the compartment. This makes it an intentional part of the design.

Similarly, you can make the television look incorporated into the room's design by creating a gallery wall around it. With a television either placed on a console or hung on the wall, use the remaining wall space around it by hanging framed art or photographs. Or install floating shelves around the television filled with decorative objects. You can also hang it on an accent wall designed with shiplap, wallpaper, or paint to create a focal point. What often makes a television feel out of place in the design is the mess of cords and wires. No matter how beautiful a room's design is, a bunch of unsightly cords can draw attention in the wrong way. No matter how you try to include a television into a design, making sure cords are neatly tucked away and hidden will ensure the seamless look you're after.