1. The very best way to decorate around a flat screen TV is to mount it.
This way you can really make it look like it belongs up there with the artwork. But if you don’t have a handy husband or wife around to do it, it can be expensive.
The installation of our flat screen TV cost $450!
However, mounting the television and installing art around it makes it feel more like it belongs and less like an eyesore.
2. Layer art behind it.
This way the attention is way more on the art than on the black object on the console. The best way to do this is to spend some time collecting artwork that you love.
Notice that the frames don’t have to match. You can even add mirrors to fill up some spaces to make it easier to get a collected looking wall faster.
You can search some fun artwork here.
3. Balance the black TV with a black console underneath.
Then it will feel more like an accessory. And you can keep the artwork lighter all around it if the black is already repeated by the furniture underneath it.
Repeating something one more time is a great way to get a collected look. It works the same when you want to mix wood stained furniture in your living room so it looks less matchy.
4. This is a good way to make a bigger TV look intentional (and less like your husband (or wife) won over you ; )
Keep it alone on the wall above the console or shelf and hang another shelf above it.
I love the design of this millwork (above)! I have received many emails from readers wanting to know where it came from. I’m pretty sure it was a custom design!
Notice it’s quite modern, not for every house but works if you have a modern living room.
5. Go with black and white artwork to repeat the black of the TV.
So many big box stores sell frames and all you have to do is insert artwork or photographs inside them.
6. Build it right into your millwork but on the right or left side of the mantle.
This way, you won’t get a crick in your neck while you’re watching Scandal.
I love this millwork design because the focus here is the fireplace and what’s above it rather than the television.
7. On a budget but still want the feeling of millwork?
Open shelving and some styling go a long way to creating that effect. Don’t forget baskets right below the TV to hide cords (above).
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact us! We would love to help you choose colours, select the right combination of hard finishes or create a plan to pull your room together. You can find our fabulous e-design consultation packages here.