Inspired Idea: Camouflage your TV
Oct 27, 2009
Last week I posted about concealing a flat-screen TV with a frame. Today I ran across a photo at Living Etc. that illustrates an easy, low-cost way to camouflage, rather than conceal, your TV. (And no, this doesn't involve 3 cans of spray paint in green, brown, and tan.) Placing a TV, framed or unframed, amidst a sea of similar frames draws attention to the whole wall, not just the electronics. The effect is convincing and natural.—Diane
Photo: Living Etc.
I believe that TV is the Sony Bravia E4000, designed to blend within this type of display. The TV's release was announced over a year ago but it appears that it's still waiting to come to market. What's taking so long? This is a great idea!
How to Pull It Off: Tips for Hanging frames Gallery-style
- Gather a good assortment of photos to frame. You can use family photos, or for a more artsy effect choose photos around a theme: nature close-ups, cityscapes, or shots from your favorite travel destination. Even amateur photos can be elevated to art when grouped and given importance.
- The TV is big, so make sure you have two or three photos enlarged to at least 11"x14". Then enlarge a handful to 8"x10" and some more to 5"x7". Stick with standard sizes so you can buy standard frames. Avoid tiny photos in this grouping.
- Buy identical frames. The more similar they are to your TV, the more effective the result will be. Mats will make the frames even larger, and often you can buy frames that include a pre-cut mat.
- Frame all the photos.
- Mount the TV roughly in the center of the "gallery" area.
- Cut newspaper or paper bags to match the size of each frame. Lay out these papers on the floor to get your arrangement just right, then transfer the papers to the wall and stick them up using low-tack artist's tape.
- Note the location of the hanging hardware on back of each frame and make a mark in that location on each frame's corresponding paper. Nail right through the paper.
- Tear paper away, hang frames, done!
P.S. Did this post make anyone else recall this scene from E.T.? :)
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