Small living room TV ideas – where to place a TV in a tiny lounge

Because a TV needn't just be a black hole in your stylish space thanks to these small living room TV ideas

Small living room with pink chairs and floating TV unit
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Small living room TV ideas may sound niche, but let's be honest TV's can be a bit of an eyesore, and even more so in smaller spaces where they can totally take over. So to us, a gallery of lovely living room TV ideas that prove a TV didn't be the dominating feature makes sense. Because even we wouldn't want to give up our Sunday afternoon binge-watching sessions just to make our living rooms more aesthetically pleasing.

'Although the living room is where most of us gather at the end of the day to sit back, relax and stick on our favorite TV show, it’s important that the space doesn’t revolve around it.' says Jen & Mar of Interior Fox.

 'The best way to camouflage your TV is to invest in a framed version that acts as a piece of art whilst not in use. It can be used as one large piece of art that discretely sits within the scheme, or can be integrated into a gallery wall. Best of all they come the slimline design comes with a choice of frames from black, white or wood, meaning your TV will never again be an eyesore.'

So we've pulled together plenty of creative solutions to get that TV hidden whether you have chosen one of the best 40 inch TV screens, whether that be behind some stylish artwork, disguised within a gallery wall, or blending into a dark background. 

1. Hide a TV behind a bookcase 

Hidden TV behind bookcase

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Oh, what's this a lovely bookshelf adding some color and texture to a small living room?

Bookshelf with hidden TV

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Well yes, it is that, but it's also a clever way to hide the TV that would otherwise take over this small space. The shelving units just easily slide to each side revealing the TV plus even more handy storage. Very clever. 

2. Add a discrete panel

White living room with modern fireplace

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A similar concept is used in this diddy (but perfectly formed) white living room. The space doubles up as both a kitchen and dining room too so to have a huge TV out in the open would dominate the open-plan space. 

TV disguised behind a sliding door in a small white living room

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Instead of wall mounting the TV above the fireplace, a narrow panel slides to the side the reveal the TV and impressive speaker system. And that's one of the very nifty hidden storage pieces going on in this tiny London mews house, take a tour to see more clever solutions (including an invisible kitchen). 

3. Use sliding doors 

Colorful modern home with swimming pool

(Image credit: Fiona Susanto)

Again, this small snug living room is part of an open-plan space, so it makes sense that the TV can be hidden away at mealtimes or when guests are over, especially if you've gone for something gargantuan like one of the best 85 inch TV screens. The unit is a simple design with shelving on one side and the TV on the other, a minimal oak door can slide between the two. 

4. Blend a TV into the walls

Small dark blue living room with built in shelving and gallery wall

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

A super easy small living room TV idea is just to paint the wall the TV is mounted on in a dark shade. A deep navy or velvety black will blend your TV into the background so it's no so much of a focal point. Distract from it even further by adding shelving or built-in storage around the TV so you can add color, texture, and decor.

5. Float a slimline a TV unit

Small living room with pink chairs and floating TV unit

(Image credit: Future)

You barely notice the TV in the living room of this fabulous Williamsburg apartment, mostly because that huge fake palm is doing all the talking, but also because the unit on which it's sat is so subtle. Slimline and up off the floor it just floats at the edge of the room adding zero visual bulk.

6. Put it behind doors

georgian townhouse

(Image credit: Jack Hobhouse)

Give a small living room a rustic, modern farmhouse vibe and disguise a TV behind barn doors. When closed they just look like wall paneling. In this listed Georgian townhouse salvaged oak paneling was used to create a very cocooning snug TV room, but you could opt for a more minimalist look with just white doors, or go just slightly rustic with a shiplap finish. 

georgian townhouse

(Image credit: Jack Hobhouse)

7. Distract from the TV with color and texture

Small wooden clad living room with TV

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

How fun is this small colorful living room? Sure, the TV isn't hidden in a secret bookcase or behind a trap door, but the subtle design and the lack of any wires on show means that TV doesn't really impact on the room at all. In fact, it could just be a piece of artwork since the rest of the walls are kept bare. The lovely bold hues, lots of textures plus the bleach wood walls help too as it distracts from the TV.

8. Add it into your built in storage

Small blue living room with built in shelving and small TV

(Image credit: Barbara Corsico)

Don't want your TV to be front and center in your living room? Keep it to one of the alcoves instead and blend it in with a wall of built-in shelving. Again, as this blue living room proves, sticking to a slightly darker shade means the TV won't stand out like a black box in the middle of your books.  

9. Build a library around your TV

Small modern living room with built in bookcase and rug hanging on the wall

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And if you don't have alcoves, go bespoke and create a storage unit that will house your TV but also your entire book collection. By surrounding the TV with color it is a focal point of the room but instead of seeing just the TV, you focus on the stylish shelving that surrounds it. 

10. Hide a TV in plain sight

Small grey living room with wooden ceiling, fireplace and TV

Sometimes the best way to hide a TV is in plain sight. Above a fireplace is always the obvious place to position a TV but sometimes it can be such an eyesore, floating in the middle of the center wall. However, if you get the size right it can work. 

See how in this living room the large TV lines up perfectly with the wall on which it's mounted, so there's no sea of white space surrounding it. It also almost sits flush with the wall so doesn't protrude into the room. The fact the whole room is very symmetrical makes the TV feel like a key part of the layout, bringing the space together just as a piece of artwork would do. Plus the fireplace below fills that dead space, again making the TV feel like more of a natural fit.

How can you make a TV look good in a living room?

The best way to make a TV look good in a living room is to first pick the right TV. Look out for models that have very slim frames, or in some cases no frame at all and you want to be able to wall mount so they can sit flush to the wall. The Samsung  Frame and Samsung Serif are both great TVs that are also very aesthetically pleasing. 

Then your first option to make a TV look good, is to hide it completely. Behind barn doors, artwork, a sliding panel, shutters, etc. If you don't mind the look of your TV, then just try and make it a bit less obvious, less of a focal point in the space. This could mean making it part of a gallery wall or blending it into a dark wall. You could also go for a built-in unit to house your TV and then you can add decor around it to distract from the big piece of tech sat in your living room. 

Hebe Hatton

Hebe is the Digital Editor of Livingetc; she has a background in lifestyle and interior journalism and a passion for renovating small spaces. You'll usually find her attempting DIY, whether it's spray painting her whole kitchen, don't try that at home, or ever changing the wallpaper in her hallway. Livingetc has been such a huge inspiration and has influenced Hebe's style since she moved into her first rental and finally had a small amount of control over the decor and now loves being able to help others make decisions when decorating their own homes. Last year she moved from renting to owning her first teeny tiny Edwardian flat in London with her whippet Willow (who yes she chose to match her interiors...) and is already on the lookout for her next project.