How To Camouflage The TV

The Dilemma

Hi Toni, We have a fireplace with two white book case cabinets on each side. Our problem is our TV stands out like a big black rectangle? We are not sure if we want to install it over the fireplace because we like it where it is. It just looks so one sided and unbalanced. Can you find a solution to this problem?

Photos by Anne Tuckley HOME
The Answer
My first line of defense is "Paint"! It's the easiest and most cost effective solution as well. By simply painting the back walls of the bookcases a charcoal color the TV will disappear within the space. One of my favorite wall colors for purposes like this is Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal HC-166 in matte sheen. I recommend painting the back walls of both flanking bookcases to give balance and continuity to the entire elevation.
As you can see from the photos, the eye is really drawn to the center, the fireplace...and not the TV.