It is time that we address the elephant in the room. You know, the eyesore that plagues most family rooms across the country. That large, shiny black rectangle that so many of us dread dealing with in our design plans. We are of course talking about the television (dun-dun-duuuuuuun). Decorating around a TV can be tricky business. Fortunately, with the sleeker and thinner design of flatscreen TV’s our task is made much easier. Let’s explore 5 tips for decorating around a television.
Tip 1: Just hide it.
Sometimes the best way of dealing with a design problem is to try and eliminate it. If you simply can’t stand looking at your TV find a way to hide it! I love the idea of attaching a flatscreen to the inside of a coffee table, hiding it behind artwork, or hiding it behind custom sliding doors. These might not be the most convenient solutions for those with more complex television viewing needs, but for those who choose minimal screen-time these are fantastic and affordable TV-hiding-options.
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Tip 2: Use a vintage buffet as a TV stand.
Whether you choose to mount your television, or rest it on a piece of furniture, opting for a non-traditional TV stand creates a more interesting focal point in the room. Look for vintage buffets and dressers at second hand stores, or on Craigslist. These pieces of furniture can typically be found at a cost much less than that of a new TV stand and add so much more interest to the room.
Tip 3: Use open shelving under television.
Decorative open shelving underneath your TV is not only practical, but when done right, eye-catching. Hide discs, remotes, game consoles, and controllers in decorative baskets or vintage suitcases.
Tip 4: Gallery Wall: Surround your television with art & objects.
I think this is the BEST tip of them all. To help your television blend seamlessly with your decor, just embrace it as part of a gallery wall. Surround your TV with meaningful art, family photographs, and collected objects. Your objects can be symmetrical around the TV, or free flowing, depending on the mood you would like to create in the room.
Tip 5: Put a frame around your TV.
Placing a frame around your television is a great way to personalize your TV and help it blend in with your decor. The frame can be larger than your TV, or can be customized to hug your television for a built-in look.
How about you? Do you utilize any of these tips for disguising TV’s in your rooms? How many televisions do you need to disguise in your home? My family is not big on watching TV, we have never had cable, and do not own any video game consoles. We are weird like that. We only own one TV in the family room, and it is an eyesore. I am getting ready to change that soon by utilizing a few of these tips! I’m excited to show you which tips we will be implementing! Stay tuned…
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I run a small hotel and currently, we are planning to buy some more TVs for the free rooms, and surely I would like them to be perfectly presented and decorated in the room. I liked the idea to surround the TV with art objects! I love Van Gogh and some of his pictures might look perfectly around the TV-set. Thanks!
WHere did you find your white tv stand with the diamond pattern on each side?
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Where can I find a big white tv frame like that?
Searching for a large frame at second hand store and painting it white is your cheapest option. You can also make your own frame from molding found at Lowes or Home Depot. If you’re looking to purchase a frame, first measure your TV and then search for frames that would fit around the exterior of your television.
Great tips! I just did a gallery around my TV, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Melissa Miller says
Wow, I needed this post! Thanks Beth! Love the gallery wall idea. The tv is not mounted on the wall but I think I can create one around it to help it blend in better.
What great ideas – I LOVE that oversized frame ( and the sconces on either side ) but you’d need a massive room for that one !
The open shelving is gorgeous too!
These are really great ideas! I’m crazy about the vintage buffet and gallery wall ideas! Thanks for such an inspirational post!
Megan Marie says
Love these ideas. Needed a refresh for my living room/tv situation 🙂 love your blog! xx
Thanks for stopping by Megan!
I love this post! I have been wanting to frame our TV in the living room for quite some time, but I LOVE the third idea from Tip #1: Just Hide It with the sliding art piece. Thanks for the ideas! 🙂
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Fantastic ideas. I love the gallery wall idea the best.
Me too! I hope to incorporate one over our TV soon.
We placed our tv over our fireplace and had a beautiful speciality framed mirror surround made. When the tv is off, it just looks like a mirror over the fireplace. A bit pricey, but so worth it to hide the obvious!
I’ve seen those mirrors! And yes, I wish they weren’t so pricy, but it’s an ideal solution.
Lolly Jane says
Love this post! Thanks for including us! Pinned!!
LOVE your TV area!
I had the same problem, just one TV in the living room… but what an eyesore! I decided to disguise it by decorating the wall behind it using floor to ceiling shims. It’s bold and it definitely draws your eye away from the TV.
It looks fantastic Jackie! Thanks for sharing your idea. 🙂