Friday, April 22, 2011

Design Dilemma:: TV Wall

For reasons that I can't quite remember, we opted to hang our giant flat-screen TV on the wall in our family room rather than going with my first choice, hanging it over the mantel.


Hanging the TV over the mantel would have been extremely difficult and expensive.  It had something to do with the wiring.  The details are fuzzy for two reasons:  One, when the electrician came to hang the TV, I had 18-month old twins who were running around, and I was pregnant with Nathan, so I was t-i-r-e-d, and TVs weren't top on my list of priorities.  Two, I didn't want a giant TV in my family room in the first place, and I was bitter.  I wanted a small TV that could be enclosed in an armoire or TV cabinet, out of sight.  So when the electrician tried to talk to me about it, I was all spiteful.  "Yeah, whatever.  Hang that monstrosity where ever you want."  The electrician assured me that within mere weeks I would absolutely love having a giant TV.  Let me tell you, I can't say it's happened yet.  Nonetheless, the TV is here to stay.

So for now, we have a giant TV hanging on our wall, and nothing else.  I've been searching for some solutions to take the focus off the of the TV, so it isn't such an eyesore.  We have the canvas artwork to hide it when we want to:


But I've been looking for something more permanent. Here are my ideas so far:

1.  Add Shelves Around the TV::  It would be easy enough to add shelves on either side of the TV to draw the eye away from the TV.

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I particularly like the second photo with the cubby shelves.  Seems a bit cozier to me.

2.  Create an Art Wall Around the TV::  I've been wanting to do a gallery wall for some time now.  This would be the perfect excuse!

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Family Room TV Gallery Wall contemporary family room
                                           contemporary family room design by charlotte interior designer Emily A. Clark

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3.  Paint a Contrasting Color around TV::  I found several photos of TVs that were framed out in a contrasting color or design.  Interesting idea.

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Those last two have the contrasting color AND shelves, which frames the TV nicely and makes the wall look much more interesting, and not as stark.

I already know which option I'm leaning towards.  What about you?  What are your thoughts?  Do you have any ideas for making a mounted TV look less austere?

6 comments:

  1. My husband refuses to consider downsizing out tv, so I feel your pain. I really like the idea of the gallery wall around it....if all the frames were black, the tv screen would blend into that and almost become part of the display. I also really like the shelves on either side. That's what I have (Only mine are free-standing, not mounted to the wall) but having all the extra "stuff" around it really helps to minimize the look of the tv. Good luck, and I'm sure that what ever you come up with will look great! I really love how you're hiding it now, with the canvas! Oh and btw- I have 5 month old twins....so reading about yours makes me feel like I'm getting a peek at my future. :)

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  2. I say you need a bigger TV. LOL!

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  3. Color AND cubbies for the win! Those cubbies being deeper than the tv really work to lead the eye away. Plus, they are more functional. Painting a color panel behind the tv will add nice interest. Depending on your room.

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  4. I can see your dilemma and I feel your pain...TVs are such necessary evils.:) We have a big TV (which I have grown to love) and we have pseudo built-ins that we have around the TV (got them at IKEA). There are side shelf units and a bridge unit that goes over the TV. I must say, having the extra interest on that wall definitely takes away the focus on the TV! I can send you a pic if you want...don't have my computer here, at the inlaws this weekend! I have not thought about painting the exposed wall another color, though....now that has given me food for thought!

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  5. I like the idea of an accent color/photo wall. Of course, if you really hate looking at the TV, you could invest in one of those pieces of furniture where the giant TV retracts back into it. It just looks like a armoire type of thing when closed up.

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  6. I'm totally for the art wall around the t.v.....I LOVE this look. I find it blends the t.v into the room well and actually makes the art more of a focal point, rather then a large black hole.

    Just my 2 cents, looking forward to seeing what you choose.

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