Hello, wonderful A Blissful Nest readers, it’s me again, Cecilia from Home with Keki, and today we are going to tackle a design issue that has been on my mind for awhile now. We have all read a blog post, or a magazine article about how to decorate around a TV. I am sure a few of you have googled this topic, in hopes of deciding how to decorate around a TV or, if you should even decorate around a tv. Well, I am here to set it straight.
About a decade ago it became a “thing” to add a gallery wall around your tv. Why? Because people thought that big black TV’s were ugly and the focal point of the room. Nobody wanted that, so TV owners across the globe started adding gallery walls around the TV’s. Go ahead, google it, you will see that some people didn’t even know where to stop. They kept adding and adding and adding to this wall that you barely noticed the TV anymore and I know that this is not the new design trend setting forth.
How to Decorate Around a TV:
Okay, so don’t get me wrong, ten years ago I might have done it too. Added some art, some family photos, maybe the letter C in galvanized metal, don’t laugh. But, I will be the first to admit that it worked, the TV was not the focal point anymore; however, I was so distracted by everything around it. This wall of hodge podge became the focal point. As the years have gone by, turns out more people are realizing this too. That is why, today, I am going to give you the biggest tip when decorating around a TV.
Subtle. Muted. Minimal. Classic. Less, is where we are headed in the design world when it comes to decorating around a TV. IF you even feel like you need to, because maybe you have a large wall (but not a large TV), a large room, white walls, or simply, the desire to do it.
With that said, when designing your gallery wall around a tv keep it simple.
1. Same Style Frames
Using frames that are the same color keeps the look cohesive and let’s the tv be the showcase.
2. Aim for lighter colors (the tv is the focal point)
When creating the tv as the focal point, use frames and art that are light and in neutral colors.
3. Go for symmetry / balance (no more “oh, I will just put this here to cover that old nail hole)
4. Use Shelving / Built-ins
If you have a handy partner or the money, go for shelving or built-in’s around the TV. YUP, these were big in the years before the 1990’s. Then, people were literally tearing them out of homes. I cringe at the thought of all the original 1920’s built-ins that have been torn out.
Well, guess what? People are now paying thousands to have them installed. Builders are adding them to new construction homes and leaving a large, centered space for a TV. I truly believe that this trend, built-in’s, is here to stay for awhile as generations have come to appreciate craftsmanship and, well, storage for all our stuff to show off, from books, to photos.
So, if you can, build around the TV as your decor. Then, come back here and learn how to style those amazing built-in’s.
So, I know this was a little different than my usual tips or “5 ways to,” but I wanted to make sure that all out A Blissful Nest readers are making the right decisions when decorating around a tv and moving in the right direction.