Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Decorating Around the TV

We live in a world of flat screen televisions that are often mounted to the wall (I’m sure you’ve noticed).  The not-so-long-ago old days of hiding your TV in a fancy entertainment center is not really an option anymore, and this can be kind of interesting to work around if you want your TV to add to your home décor instead of distract from it.

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

We recently rearranged the furniture in our living room and I wanted to make our new location for the television be visually stimulating whether the TV was on or not.  I looked up a few ideas on Pinterest and came up with what I wanted to do.

Here are some of the television walls and decorations that I was inspired by:

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Emily A. Clark’s post about this space talks about using a dresser instead of a TV console.  What I liked about this is the placement of the pictures.  I also like how the off-centered TV is still balanced because of the artwork behind and around it.

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Pottery Barn catalogs are always a source of inspiration for me.  I guess their style really appeals to me (too bad all I can afford are their free catalogs… maybe someday!).  In this picture I liked the letters and the plant.  I think the plant makes the “electronics zone” a bit more organic. 

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

The blog post about this picture from camillestyles.com tells about making your TV “disappear” while it is off.  You can do this by styling around it with things that draw your attention to them.  Like a big lamp.  I don’t have room around the TV in our house for a lamp, but I drew inspiration from the scale of things in this example.

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

Although I think the decorations are a little distant from the television, I still like the asymmetry used here, by The Velvet Door.  It’s simpler to coordinate and still visually appealing to balance things that aren’t perfectly matching.

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

And this set up from Miss Mustard Seed is so fun with the plates and topiaries surrounding the television.  The plates are perfect in this space with those chairs and TV console.

To make the changes for our space, I only used items that were already in our home (pretend you’re shopping in your own house!  Go throughout the rooms and see what you can use to make up the redecorated space).  In the end, this project cost us $0 (yes!) and a bit of muscle to move things into place.  And I may have made a couple of erroneous nail holes in the wall (shh!).  We’re currently renting our home, so our TV is not mounted to the wall.  Plus, I like the flexibility of being able to rearrange furniture so I’m not sure yet if we’ll mount it to the wall even when we do own our place!

Here’s how our Center of Entertainment is done:

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

  • The TV (source: Fry’s)
  • House plants to bring in some life to the space.  (source: Friends who were moving to Germany)
  • Multi-colored metal star for color.  (source: Joann Craft and Fabric)
  • Framed black-and-white poster as the large nearly-center item. (source: Distribution Services)
  • Three-photo frame of family pictures (source: Walmart)
  • “Family” plaque. (source: Wedding gift)
  • A mirror (source: Ikea)
  • A red clock (source: Walmart)
  • The Console is an electric fireplace (source: Costco)
  • Favorite electronics. (source: various electronic stores)
  • And a pair of speakers that sit on the floor to the side of the fireplace.  (source: mail order)

In another angle, you can see that we also have “Pot Shelves” at the tops of our walls.  This detail is pretty popular where we live, but it’s been difficult to figure out how to use the space.  We have some books and other various trinkets up there that also detract the attention from a TV that is turned off.

Decorating Around the TV - AnnaVirginia Fashion

How do you decorate the space around your TV?

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