Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How to Decorate Around a Flat Screen TV

At Special Request From Heather...
 Here are Several Ways to Deal with The Elephant In The Room  a.k.a.  "The Flat Screen"

Things to Keep in Mind When Decorating with Flat Screens:

 - Don't buy a flat screen too large for your space.
 - Be creative with placement, it doesn't have to where it has always been.

  - Groupings of pictures work better than one large picture.  The large picture will 
    compete but the flat screen can become part of the grouping

 -Try to keep the art simple, the less color the better.  When viewing you
    don't want your eye to be distracted by the art.
 -Group of art in odd numbers, not including the flat screen will make the the grouping   
   feel balanced to your eye.     


Emily Clark Design
Here's a great example by Emily Clark, designer and blogger.  By using a grouping of black and white framed art, the flat screen becomes part of the grouping.   If you don't follow Emily's blog, you should, go check it out!

Plasma TV
Placing a dark panel behind the flat screen can unify the television with the
furniture and create height a focal point in the room.  The black panel
balances the large glass window otherwise, the flat screen would look
lost on the wall.  Something about this look is so zen!

Presidio heights apartment eclectic living room
Painting the wall dark makes this flat screen disappear.
Here they have chosen to make the focal point the fabulous
marble surround of the fireplace.
By framing the screen with moulding  the flat screen
becomes part of the design element of the wall like paneling.
 I love the look of this room!

living room eclectic living room
I typically am not a fan of the flat screen over the mantle but it works so well in this photograph.
I think it is because the accessories are so well chosen. The pair of simple white ceramic ginger jars
 positioned on  either  side of the flat screen, add soft curves and keep the wall interesting. 
 I adore the covered books in the bookcase and those cute little elephants.
Just the right design elements without being too distracting for the viewer. 

These are just a few examples, there are so many more.  . 
The main thing to remember is the flat screen is a focal point in a room, 
so it is important to treat it as such.  Try to make it as handsome as possible. 

 After all, the flat screen  is an extension of your husband, isn't it?  It is at my house!

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  1. Lisa, thanks for the mention :) I'm enjoying your blog!

  2. Beautiful Ideas! I'm getting ready to move and will have a large flat screen to deal with! The most logical place for it in the small house is over the mantel, which is very distressing to me. I've also seen something interesting done with shutters mounted over the wall to cover the t.v. Thanks for the inspiration!

    P.S. I am also an NC girl... who has recently found myself in Los Angeles, but am determined to retain my accent (and a few other Southern trappings!)

  3. I did a gallery wall around my TV too! Nice surprise seeing someone else did the same thing :)

  4. Wow, that is very creative! I like the picture of the brown molding the best. It's actually quite similar with what I did to mine, though instead of bookshelves, I had to spray paint wall rack mounts for my DVD player, TV, and speakers. Also, so that the bottom of the TV won’t look plain, I placed a mantle under it, where my son’s Ipod and Wii is under lock and key in a drawer.

    Lance Vartanian


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