What do I do with my TV wall is a question I hear a lot! We all wish that we didn’t
have want to have the TV in our family room, but we do. What can we say, most Americans love their TV and why not make it look good? I received two questions for my “Ask a Designer Series” from my subscribers in regards to their TV wall. After looking at their pictures I thought, first I should talk about what NOT to do, mistakes that are often made on TV walls. Now I am not just pointing out the mistakes from the questions I was sent. We see these same “mistakes” over and over. But do not worry, they can EASILY be fixed!
#1- TV is hung too high.
#2- TV Console or Stand under the TV is too small.
#3- There is not enough around the TV to disguise it!
This first photo is the perfect example of MISTAKE #1 done RIGHT! How high to hang your TV above your stand. Notice the stack of simple books under the TV? You typically shouldn’t or shouldn’t have room to put a lot of accessories under the TV. (Photo Source)
Great example of MISTAKE #2– this shows a great idea of how big your TV stand should be. Basically you want your TV stand to be larger than your TV. It doesn’t have to be this much wider- but at least wider than your TV so it doesn’t look top heavy. (Photo source)
Mistake #3- You might think you need to hang a lot of art on your TV wall to distract from the TV. Not true. You just need some dramatic pieces to disguise the TV. Notice the large lamp and large glass jar with the branches. (photo source)
Another fun example of art hung on the TV wall to disguise it- if you have to stare at your TV you want the area around it to be interesting. I love how they hung the art slighting behind the TV. (image source).
Paint behind the wall your TV is on is a great distraction, especially a dark wall. You know I am going to suggest wallpaper too! (photo source).
That leads me to the two “Ask A Designer Series” questions from actual real-design-delimas! Before I address these I want to remind you that I am not all about “design rules” there are only a couple I follow. The first is Rug Size (you can find my blog post on that HERE) and where to hang your TV. The rest you do you and what works best for your family!
Ask a Designer….
“The wall that the TV is on is so boring and lacking. The sofa and recliner were my husband’s only request for our house. My question is for the wall and all the furniture butted up to the wall that the TV is on. The TV is off centered on the wall in the living room area and the ceiling is vaulted – it stumps me. I like the idea of a better media stand and coordinating shelves on each side, but the off-centered-ness leaves me confused.” From Tani
Nesting with Grace Suggestion-
You are right that you need a different TV Console. The one you have is cute, but too small (Mistake #1:)). Typically you want a TV Console to be wider than your TV, to balance it out and not feel top heavy. I am not sure of your measurements, but with the wood paneling behind (great way to overcome Mistake #3) the TV I would get a console that is just below the paneling or just above it, not the same height. Also you can see the idea of putting something on top of the console- I normally don’t like to do accessories under the TV, gets too busy. But with the inspiration photo they used plants, all the same item and it feels in that dead space if you can’t move your TV down. I would also move your photos in closer to the TV, they could even be a little larger. (At the end of the post are some of my favorite TV Stands).
Ask a Desinger-
Nesting with Grace Suggestion-
You are spot on with the plank wall behind your TV to create a “disguise” and more of a focal point. For you too I would also suggest a larger TV console. It is almost the exact size as your TV. I would lower the TV or get a TV console that is taller and get rid of the things on top of the console. Maybe look for a console that can hold the speakers. I like in the inspiration pic the idea of finding a unique piece that doesn’t have to be a typical “TV console”. I would also suggest adding another chair on the other side of the console to balance out the chair you already have. I wouldn’t add a bookcase unless you could do two on either side and I know you want to keep the chair there. I hope that helps!!
Here are some of my favorite TV Consoles (click on an image to shop it).