Wall Mount and Standing TV’s – How to Decorate
TV’s are the ‘black holes’ of interior decorating. I guess ‘black box’ would be a more appropriate term, but you get the idea. So, how do you make something so darn functional (and necessary in many homes) look good?
Now, these ideas don’t involve fancy-shmancy cabinets operated by remote control, motorized artwork or pivoting walls. THESE ideas are designed to be ‘affordable, easy and applicable to the average homeowner’ – that would be you…
TV Decorating Idea #1
Blend it in
Just think, if you have light walls and a black TV you have a very high-contrast palette. High contrast makes things pop, so really, you are ‘defining’ your TV as a thing to be admired in the space – and for some men (but not all) I’m sure this is quite applicable, in fact, there might even be a spotlight on it. HOWEVER, for those of us with design in mind, this is not a good thing.
One of the least expensive ways to camouflage your TV (other than a heavy blanket) is by using a darker paint colour.
For many rooms, this comes naturally as TV’s are often placed on feature walls – the walls that are most likely to have an accent colour on them. As shown in the above room, the TV is no longer the feature as its edges are softened by the gorgeous navy backdrop.
Another great way to blend in a TV is to use stone.
You can see how this next TV sticks out like a sore thumb…
Some stone or even shiplap (and a larger fireplace insert) would’ve been a great way to soften the look (but I can only boss my clients around SO much…)
This next photo is a great example of how a proportional fireplace insert and stone can create a dynamic focal point, even WITH a large TV!
It’s not just the colour of the stone that will help to camouflage the TV, but the texture will help also help to distract the eyes. It’s definitely a more expensive idea, but hot damn it looks good!
TV Decorating Idea #2
Frame it in
This idea is even MORE awesome if your TV is placed so that when you walk into the room you are looking at the side of it and seeing all of the cords barfing out of the back. A lovely frame (rustic or clean-lined) will help to hide all of those nasty cords and soften the hard edges of your TV.
TV Decorating Idea #3
Don’t use an ugly TV cabinet – use a nice piece of furniture
If you’ve read previous posts by yours truly then you’ll know how much I love fugly TV Cabinets…not. Without getting into graphic detail lets just say that there’s NOTHING I like better (excluding wine) than a TV that is on or in a nice cabinet.
Your TV cabinet doesn’t necessarily need to be a ‘traditional TV cabinet’. In fact, some of the best solutions are created using buffets, sideboards, dressers and glorified sofa tables.
TV Decorating Idea #4
Don’t Center it
If you have the choice, try not to center your TV. By not centering it, you are showing the world that it’s not the focal point of the room.
However, keep in mind that this rule really only applies when you are dealing with a room that has a fireplace centered in the space (in other words, don’t hang your TV above the fireplace, place it beside the fireplace either in or on a cabinet)
TV Decorating Idea #5
And now that you have a wicked awesome TV cabinet…decorate around your TV
Whether your TV is hung on the wall or sitting on a cabinet, you can still incorporate it into your design. Here are a few ideas…
1. Hang black and white prints on the wall space around your TV – gallery style. This will keep things tone-on-tone which will help your TV look like part of the whole plan (and please, if you have framed pieces – always have a mat around the picture, it just look better…says me.)
2. Hang coloured artwork/photos – The colours of your artwork or photograph can help to distract from the great big Black Hole of your TV. The brighter the colours the better (watercolour images won’t really cut it…)
3. If it’s above a mantel, use low-profile decor to add some ‘pretty’ to the space and soften the edges of the TV
And yes, there are other ideas involving lots and lots of money. However, if you’re looking at these budget-friendly ideas I’m going to assume that you either a) don’t have lots of money or b) have lots and don’t want to spend it, so these ideas will have to do!