T.V.’s are a necessary evil. We get it, but why oh why must they be so unsightly? That’s where Jess comes in to play. With these tips you’ll be styling your way to a television wall that is far less ug and, dare we say, pretty? Symmetry, hiding plugs and upping your horizontal book stacking game are all a part of the fast lane to T.V. wall goodness. Read on to see how you can craft a beautiful backdrop for couch surfing.
Have you ever noticed that all the gorgeous living rooms you see on Pinterest never have a TV? While I totally agree that no TV makes for a better designed and more social room, I’d be lying if I said that curling up with my hubby for a movie after the baby goes down isn’t my favorite time of day. So, what’s a design lover to do when she’s unwilling to part with the TV? Make it work the best you can.
The before of my tv wall is almost too mortifying to show you- it looks like a college apartment yet it is my real house and we are embarrassingly far from having just graduated. My husband’s old (giant) speakers covered in stickers, the TV propped on a hand-me-down bookcase, DVDs everywhere… talk about needing an update! Once I got rid of the junk we were using, it was on to creating a new space.
Tips for Decorating Your TV Wall
• Hang that TV!
And get the cords behind the wall while you’re at it. Nothing looks as clean as a TV that hangs like artwork. The important thing to know about hiding the cords in the wall is that you need to make sure you’re doing it up to code. Just running the power cord through the wall is a fire risk, so either have an electrician install it or save some money and use this kit, which is what we did. Super easy- you do not have to be a DIY whiz to do this!
• Minimize electronic equipment and wires.
Swap large speakers for a soundbar or surround sound system- bonus points if it can connect wirelessly! Obviously, quality speakers are essential for a great movie sesh, but they’re not the best to look at. Any way you can minimize the look while retaining quality is a win!
• Stick with symmetry.
Anytime you have an awkward-to-design area, a safe bet is to keep it symmetrical. Matching pairs add order and give a crisp, intentional look.
• Think of the TV like a painting.
No, it won’t add as much beauty to a wall as real art, but you should think of it as an accessory to an otherwise well-designed room. It should never be the standalone focus.
• Pair the TV with a great table, mantle, or furniture piece with some storage.
It helps ground the TV visually, and you’ll need somewhere to stash remotes, etc. Our secret? We drilled through the bottom of one drawer to tuck a power strip, apple tv, and extra cords out of sight.
Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Design & Styling: SMP Living