Design Solution: How to Decorate Around TVs

I love getting requests for blog post topics and recently several of you have reached out asking me to share inspiration and advice for tackling what is perhaps one of the the biggest modern design challenges we face in decorating our own homes: how to decorate around TVs. I think the reason it’s such a tricky problem is because not only are they eye sores but agreeing on where to put a TV in any living space almost always creates a great debate. The two most hotly contested locations? Over mantles and in bedrooms. I unfortunately lost both of these battles and we have a TV in our bedroom and over our living room mantle.

So, for those of you who have lost the battle like me or have limited living space options for TV placement, hopefully today’s post can serve as a source of inspiration and help provide some solutions for designing around the pesky TVs in your life.

Cover image design by Lauren DeLoach

Design by Phoebe Howard

In general there are a few things I keep in mind when incorporating a TV into any space. Hang TVs if you can- it gives your space a more refined, elegant look and makes it feel less like a college dorm room. If you are adding decorative accents around the TV, edit carefully so the space doesn’t feel cluttered and chaotic. I also recommend trying to use lighter objects and paint colors because darker tones will emphasize the black hole effect created by TVs even more.

When you hang your TV over a mantle, be sure to get a TV that is large enough to fill the space and avoid those awkward, empty spaces on either side of the TV. This just creates even more of a decorating fiasco.

Design by Charlotte Moss

If you are going to decorate the mantle under the TV, keep it simple and avoid clutter. I recommend either decor that is long and low or following the rule of three and adding medium height decorative objects like vases on either side. When doing this, think of the TV as one of the three groups.

Design by EJ Interiors

we have large ginger jars on either side of our TV that I fill with seasonal greenery and flowers throughout the year. The living room above is a similar look.

Design by Suzanne Kasler

I am personally all for hiding the TV if you can and there are so many creative ways to do it, even though it is the more expensive option. I love Suzanne Kasler’s choice to create a folding wall art gallery with these framed intaglios.

Tada! Such an exquisite solution to hide this TV

Sliding art is another great option. You can also readily find store bought cabinet doors and mirrors that provide a similar effect.

For a more modern look, Samsung’s new Frame TV is ingenious. It essentially puts up an insanely high quality screen saver that looks like art!

Design by Andrew Howard

If you are dead set against a TV in your living room, you can get creative and put it in other family friendly spaces in your home like a breakfast room, office or kitchen.

Design by Celerie Kemble

I personally love TVs in kitchens. I am not the best cook, so having the extra background noise when I’m cooking makes me feel like I have company in the kitchen.

As for the infamous debate of whether or not to put a TV in the Master bedroom, it really comes down to lifestyle. If you tend to enjoy watching movies in bed and TV is your way to decompress at the end of the day, then by all means you should put one in your room. Ultimately, our bedrooms should be our happy places and match the lives we live.

Custom cabinetry is a great way to hide the clutter of cords and remotes.

Patterned drapery distracts the eye from the TV and a fresh, green and white color palette keeps the room feeling like a serene retreat.

Design by Tobi Fairley

If you want to see more ideas of how to hide TVs completely, this article is a fun read and includes glamorous options like a TV that pops up from the foot of a Queen Anne-style bed.

Have a great week and thank you for stopping by Sophisticated Style!



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1 Comment

  1. Lucy M
    March 11, 2019 / 9:27 am

    Love this, but I would love to see what you do when your tv is sitting on an antique buffet?? We have a federal style buffet, a woven basket of blankets (and some blocks / dump trucks) underneath it, but I don’t know what to do on the wall next to / around the tv. Do you mount the tv and have pictures on the wall and on the buffet, or what?? Any ideas welcome! 🙂

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