1. Buy a TV cabinet
One obvious way to make sure your set doesn’t play the starring role is to hide it in a cabinet. This cupboard from The Dormy House (above) is almost guaranteed not to date thanks to its Shaker look. It costs from £265, depending on which of the 13 finishes you choose, and accommodates screens measuring up to 42in diagonally.
2. Reduce its impact with a bold media unit
It won’t hide the TV completely, but you can at least deflect attention away from a wall-mounted flat screen by hanging it within a dramatic wall unit. This example combines rich walnut veneer, glass shelves and integrated spotlights that can be used to highlight bold accessories, not your telly.
By choosing a piece that blends with other furniture – in this case, the dining suite around the corner – its function doesn’t scream ‘TV’.
3. Get a bed with TV storage
If you’re a box-set addict, you may well have a TV in your bedroom. Well, it beats waking up on the sofa at 2am with an imprint of the remote on your face. But if you’d rather keep your screen under wraps – perhaps because you’re worried the kids might demand to have one in their bedroom, or you don’t want it cluttering up a dressing table or a chest of drawers – get yourself a bed with hidden storage for it.
This luxurious king-size bed comes in white, black or chocolate faux leather, with the TV thrown in, too. Its German-built motorised platform raises and lowers the Samsung 32in set from the footboard satisfyingly smoothly, and there’s plenty of space in the base to store your set-top box, games console and DVD/Blu-ray player.
4. Hide your TV in a wardrobe
Another neat trick for hiding a bedroom TV is to find a space within fitted wardrobes. Sure, you’ll have to sacrifice precious handbag or shoe storage, but it’s a price worth paying not to have a big black box dominating your space.