One of the most frequently asked design questions I get is this:
“How do I decorate around my TV?”
And I totally understand where you’re coming from. TV’s aren’t the prettiest things to look at (most of them anyway), and it’s hard to know what to do with that giant black screen sitting in your living room!
I want to tackle this design question in two parts: First, my personal philosophy on decorating around your TV, and what I’ve done in our house. And second, other options for styling around TV’s, and a list of my favorite items for doing just that!
Let’s start off with an angle of my living room that I very rarely, if ever, share here in photos…
Yes friends, I too have a huge television in my living room! But do you notice how I strategically “hid” it on the short wall between the kitchen and living room? The reason I chose to lay the furniture out like this is so that when you walk into the living room from almost any angle, the TV is NOT the focal point of the room. It’s not the first thing you see or what your eyes are drawn to. Now obviously I took all of these photos to specifically showcase the location of the TV. But in probably every other photo of my living room you’ve seen, the TV isn’t even visible because the main focal points of the room (those cross-back dining chairs and artwork hung between the two windows, the large picture window, the art shelf display behind the sofa) are what your eyes are naturally drawn to.
My Philosophy on Decorating Around a TV:
So rather than having decor sitting on the TV console or adding a pretty gallery wall on the blank wall space above, I chose NOT to do any decorating around the TV. That’s right… my philosophy is to avoid drawing your eye towards the TV by focusing on other focal points around the room and strategically placing the TV in the least noticeable spot.
What to do when that isn’t an option:
Now let me say this: I COMPLETELY understand that this just isn’t a reasonable option for many of your homes. My living room happens to be open to several other rooms, creating the perfect spot to “hide” a TV. Some of you may only have one wall that would work for your TV to live. Some of you may have a stunning fireplace and mantel as the focal point of your room. Whatever the reason is, if you’re not able to “hide” the TV like I was able to, do not worry, sweet friend. I’ll be going over tons of options for that scenario in part two of this series!
Now let’s chat about my new/old TV console:
Recently a friend dropped off this antique dresser that had a big mirror attached to the back, and I instantly envisioned it as the perfect TV console for our living room. I liked that it was small, but had some interesting character to it: keyholes on the drawers + curved feet on wheels. Since it was such a beautiful antique I decided to paint it with milk paint to give it that chippy, aged look instead of a solid fresh coat of paint. The beauty of milk paint is that it naturally resists adhesion in some areas, creating an authentic chippy look with very minimal work. It also has a soft, matte finish that fits the character of antiques much better than a high gloss paint would.
I used an equal mixture of two different colors: linen + grain sack in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and sealed it with beeswax.
What are your thoughts? Do you decorate around your TV or not? I’d love to hear what you think! And stay tuned for part 2 of this series coming soon! Thank you for being here today, sweet friend. xoxo Liz
– SOURCES –
wall color: Du Jour by Valspar
board and batten wall treatment: tutorial
sectional sofa: Wayfair
glass + metal coffee table: Wayfair
medallion rug: RugsUSA
jute + cotton rug: RugsUSA
solid pillow cover: IKEA
stripe pillow cover: Hackner Home
long lumbar tassel pillow: Wayfair (similar)
wall sconce: Wayfair
coat hooks: Amazon
dining table: tutorial
cross back dining chairs: World Market
tufted seat cushions: World Market
arm chairs: World Market (similar)
tie top curtains: World Market
bamboo roman shades: Home Depot
landscape painting wall art: Etsy
wooden bowl: Target (sold out)
table runner: Pier 1
art shelf: tutorial
whitewash wall basket: McGee & Co. (sold out)
paper mache pressed flower art: tutorial
watercolor botanical art print: Etsy
tv console: antique
white bench: tutorial
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Decorating around a TV can be a challenge. Ours sits on a large black sideboard with black framed artwork around it. Not always the best option but the best for our space.
Love the vintage dresser for your tv. My tv is over the fireplace. Maybe someday I will get a tv that looks like art.
I agree that the tv should not be the focus of attention. Placing your tv on the short wall, as well as not adding other items on that wall, downplays a very large tv, which would distract from the look you are going for.
Previously, I lived in a beautiful 100 year old house. It had an exquisite fireplace and mantle. I did not want to distract from the beautiful architectural elements by placing a tv above the fireplace. Instead, I hung a large modern art painting above the mantle; the look was unexpected and fabulous. Ideally, if I had other options, I would not place a tv in the living room at all, especially a jumbo-sized one.
Love the look of your room. We ended up having our flat screen mounted to the wall, making it easier for me to do a gallery wall around the TV. Still in process. We had the opportunity to visit Africa a few years ago and plan to install some of the more than 3000 photos we took on that wall. Our TV is also one that we can install our own photos in order to have it be the wallpaper (I think that’s what you call it) when not in use.
I have my tv in an armoire, so when I’m not using it, I close the doors and you don’t see it!
But…if the tv was to be left out, I really like the idea of not using any decorations/wall art around it, therefore drawing your attention to it. Great idea!!
Great idea! My TV has nothing hung above or set below although I consider if often as I stare at it. It happens to sit next to the fireplace and mantel. So being next to our focal point I feel like it needs something but I continue to leave it blank. Perhaps because of what you’re saying here?