Decorating Around a Flat Screen TV

January 30, 2014

Our culture has put the television front and center in our everyday world as we tune in for news, sports, and entertainment. When decorating your new home in Chicago, you have to decide where to place the flat screen so that it’s easily visible but doesn’t overwhelm the room. To follow are five different ideas for decorating around a flat screen television at home.

Consider the screen in the room’s architectural design, planning for a recessed niche with state-of-the-art wiring and outlets ready for mounting. Suspending a television above allows both the fireplace and the television to share rather than compete for the focal point and makes furniture arrangement that much easier.

flat screen above mantel

flat screen above fireplace

Opt for clever concealment or thoughtful disguises such as an ornate picture frame to surround or an armoire that can be closed when the television is not in use.

framed flat screen

versatile armoire 1

A media console grounds the space below the four corners of a screen and patterned window panels layered in contemporary patterns help to not only frame it but detract attention away.

flat screen above console

flat screen above cabinet


Another clever way to balance the weight of a flat screen is to curate a gallery of artwork or photography around it so the screen doesn’t dominate, rather it plays into the repetition of frames on display.

artwork around flat screen


flat screen on console


If you have the wall space, consider an arrangement of furniture that flanks a television with bookcases that possess open display above and media storage below.

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flat screen in media center

How do you incorporate the big black box into your everyday decor, share your solution!


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