A big flat screen TV is great for binge-watching shows, but its dominating presence can become a challenge when it comes to decorating your home. Whether you mount it on the wall or set it on a TV cabinet, you’re still left with a giant black rectangle and a boring blank wall to deal with. So what’s a TV enthusiast to do? Get rid of the TV all together? Pick up a book? Don’t be ridiculous. There’s another way – here are five simple ideas for decorating around your TV.
1. Create a gallery wall around the TV
Your TV is already rectangle-shaped, making it perfect for using in a gallery wall. Surround the TV with framed art or photographs and that big, black box won’t be such a distracting eyesore. Use different sizes and orientations of frames for a well-balanced arrangement. Don’t hang them too close together or the display will look cluttered, at least two to three inches between each piece is a good rule to follow.
2. Hang a shelf above the TV
Hanging a shelf above the TV is an easy way to make it an attractive focal point. The shelf adds interest and visually anchors the TV to the space. Add a few pretty accessories, and your TV is now part of great little vignette!
3. Build a shelving unit around the TV
You may not have the budget for a custom built-in entertainment center, but you can get the same look with open shelving. All you need is a standard mounted shelving kit from a home improvement store to copy this look.
4. Make the TV disappear with black paint
Are you ready to go bold? Paint the wall where your TV is mounted black! Black walls are a big trend right now, so why not take the plunge? The black TV will disappear, and you’re friends won’t believe how cool you are.
5. Hide the TV with a map
If all else fails – literally hide your TV behind something more attractive. This example uses a cute roll-up map. Pull it down when the TV isn’t in use, and no one will even know it’s there! You can pose as an intellectual snob who would never dare own a TV and only reads important novels in their free time.