November 11, 2013

Decorating Above a TV

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Ours was pretty busy!

We made the trek up to West Elm on Saturday afternoon where we checked out the Henry sofa and a Heath chair since they didn't have the sofa on the floor.



We fell in love with the Henry sofa sooo we ordered it!



[ Image via West Elm ]


I know I said we wouldn't be ordering it until after the holidays but we had a 20% off coupon and an opportunity to order it so we pulled the trigger! It'll be arriving in 8-10 weeks so about mid-January :)



Now that we've taken care of that part of our living room puzzle, I'm focusing on the area above our TV which currently looks like this:



Pretty awesome, right?! ;) Adding to the awesomeness is the fact that I just realized everything is off-center haha

Anyway, it looked like this last Christmas:



My boyfriend treated himself to a larger TV on his birthday so we took everything down since the new one covered up the bottom half of it. I'm not complaining though because I didn't really love how it looked in the first place so I'm excited to change things up!

We thought about hanging a faceted mirror above the TV but it doesn't feel substantial enough.



Sidenote: one of these years we'll have drapes hung above the two windows you see so please squint your eyes and pretend they're not Photoshopped ;)

My next thought was a gallery wall. I love the console to ceiling gallery wall that Sarah at Smitten Studio built around the TV in her old townhouse:



[ Image via Smitten Studio ]


I think it helps the TV blend amongst the art and look less like the giant black hole that it is. The only flaw I see with this plan is that I really want to add a vertical gallery wall to a wall in our staircase and we already have one in our office so that'd be 3 total. Is there such a thing as too many gallery walls?

Something airy and sculptural like these wire blooms The Yellow Cape Cod used in her client's living room might be nice:



[ Image via The Yellow Cape Cod ]


I like how they span the width of the TV and have an organic feel to them.

Other ideas include:

  • A shelf
  • A single piece of large art
  • A large clock

Anddd I'm out of ideas haha

What do you have hanging above/around your TV? Any ideas for mine?

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16 comments

  1. So many decisions. I've always liked the look of the tv mixed in with the frames!

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  2. Congrats on the couch! I'm a huge fan of new furniture. I'm so excited to live vicariously through you as you await the arrival of your new couch. haha. And I really love the gallery wall around the TV. I really think that helps it blend better.

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  3. I have a sunburst mirror above ours in our living room...but I just did a gallery wall mixed in with our master bedroom TV. Love them both! :)

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  4. I'm a big fan of a shelf above a TV, and I think that would work really well in your space. A long shelf, the same length as the TV bench below, and you switch up the styling as much as you like. On ours we have art leaning against the wall, vases and sculptures, etc. and we really love it!

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  5. I think some sort of wire sculpture would look wonderful! Since you already have some gallery walls, I think you should keep the space above your tv simple and clean! :) So fun!

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  6. I find decorating around a TV SOOOOO hard. I am stuck in sort of the same place right now. Do I paint the fireplace white and let the tv stick out like a sore thumb, or do I paint the whole fireplace to make it blend? Decisions, decisions. I do like the idea of a shelf though. It would provide a visual divide between the tv and the art. Then maybe lean some big art on it that would reach almost up to the ceiling??

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  7. i love having a gallery wall around it! looks awesome! i know whatever you do will be fabulous!

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  8. I think I like the gallery wall best, but then I'm a "never too many gallery walls" kind of gal (although I really only have one. So far). We solve this problem by still having a little bitty TV that fits in a armoire ;)

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  9. Love the gallery wall idea. I don't think you can have too many. I also love those wire blooms. I need those!

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  10. http://mtadams1208.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/christmas-decor/

    I don't know if you have a fireplace or not, but we do not so we put a floating shelf with pictures and other items above our TV. During holidays - halloween, christmas, etc it serves as a makeshift "mantel" as well. I think ours could use some larger items, but it's served as well...

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  11. gotta admit, the gallery wall wins me over so much more than the other options. xo Kristin

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  12. I love the gallery wall, too. And the Henry sofa was on the top of my list of sofas when we were looking. Can't wait to see yours!

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  13. I love the idea of creating a gallery wall around the TV!

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  14. I agree that it definitely helps to hang something. I balanced our TV with a semi faux fireplace that I painted dark gray and some very dark brown cabinets all the way under. That really helps off set all the black from the tv. Then I used a dark brown grass roman blind over the window to give height to the wall. Over the TV itself I have four silver colored Georg Jensen "clocks". Actually only one is a clock. The other three are a thermometer, a barometer and a hydrometer. It gives the area a little bling :) I love the wire flower idea and also I say: You can NOT have too many gallery walls. That is just a fact of life :)

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  15. Those wire blooms are super-cool. The color even matches the TV. I hung ceiling medallions on the wall behind the TV in our bedroom. I really like how they turned out. Check 'em out here:

    http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/2012/03/ceiling-medallions-make-big-statement.html

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  16. We are hoping the tv disappears into the wallpaper. Then I think we will do a gallery wall around it as well. There are several places I want a gallery wall, so I don't think they are overkill. However finding enough art and what not to create all of them, yikes!

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