Photographs Francois Oberholster, Henrique Wilding, Peter Rimell and Justin Patrick


By the book

This spectacular TV unit really impressed us. Seven solid oak floating shelves are jam-packed with this Cape Town family’s collection of books and the television screen is nestled snuggly in-between. Any electrical cords have been tucked away in a wooden box concealed behind the TV so that while the unit is certainly full, it never feels chaotic.

“We’ve always kept a scrapbook of inspiring home and décor images, and this bookshelf idea was one of them,” recalls the homeowner. “We love the visual impact of the overall effect.”
Floating shelves installed by Spotlight Kitchens

Create the same look for less with more lightweight pine shelves supported by brackets.

Reveal and conceal

Interior designer Evi Elsner of Home Concept was faced with a dilemma in this living room. Only the focal wall was suitable for mounting a flat-screen TV, but it would have been quite an eyesore in this sleek white interior.

“I hate to display TVs, so I designed a cabinet with a sliding panel. The TV is now completely out of sight when not in use,” says Evi.
Interior design and couch by Home Concept; chairs from Weylandts


Make space

Edge Bisset made clever use of an awkward structural wall (the rear wall of his garage, which is underneath the dining room) in his multi-level living room. He had both the television and fireplace built into it.

“In my previous home, the TV was mounted above a fireplace and it was just a little bit too high for comfort. This time I wanted to enjoy both the fireplace and TV without craning my neck. I prefer not to see a screen unless it’s being used, so I’m considering having a blind or sliding door fitted to conceal the TV,” he explains.
Cabinetry by CH Interiors; trunk from Spitfire Furniture; lamp from Mr Price Home; owl cushions, vase and knitted blanket from Loads of Living; protea cushion from Woolworths


Frame of mind

Louise Park-Ross, head designer at Good Clothing, has her TV wall down to a fine art, literally. “I’d never owned a TV before, so when I bought this one I made a point of not letting it become the focal point of my lounge,” she explains. Louise has cleverly ‘camouflaged’ her flat-screen TV with a collection of artworks – even old squash rackets – which makes it almost disappear as part of the bigger picture.

A treasure-hunter at heart, Louise was only too happy to dig around in junk shops and flea markets for the perfect bits and bobs to fit amongst her existing pieces. “The key is to combine a variety of vintage finds and more modern illustrations to keep the look fresh. I also tried to work with different shapes – square, rectangular, round, oval, and letters – so it’s less structured and more eclectic.”

And let’s not forget the polished wood radiogram she bought for a song at a second-hand sale – it’s the perfect place to stash DVDs and other clutter so you’re not distracted from the carefully curated mini gallery.


Total blackout

“It’s always a design challenge to combine a television and garden views with a practical seating area in an open-plan living space,” says architect Marcus Smit of Grabouw. “On top of that, you have to avoid reflections on the screen.”

A minimalist at heart, he came up with a simple solution: he painted the wall panel behind the TV black – the same colour as the flat-screen – and concealed his sound system’s speakers behind black speaker cloth. He also fitted a black door to the shelf (top right) where he keeps his DVDs and remote controls. While the television is visible from the kitchen and dining area, it blends into its black background seamlessly.
Knitted blanket from Mr Price Home


Strike a balance

With her keen eye for detail, it’s no wonder Emma Atkinson – owner of handmade jewellery design company Milame – got the balance of her TV wall just right.

“My uncle Sam Curteis, a blacksmith, made the shelving unit. It does triple-duty as a TV unit, bookshelf and a display space for all my treasures. I’ve also collected indoor plants over the years – peace lilies are my favourite,” says Emma.

Nestled amongst the pot plants is a white ceramic owl that Emma likes to believe watches over her and the vintage bird illustrations to the left of the TV were a lucky find at a second-hand shop.

The modern yet slightly rough-around-the-edges shelving unit adds a handmade feel to the space. “It brings me great joy to combine my possessions and create beautiful and comforting displays in my home,” Emma adds.