Nowadays, modern electronics are a must-have in pretty much every household. However, when they are off, they are not very attractive, becoming a sore spot in the room. Decorating around the TV can be a real challenge. Thus, oftentimes the space around the TV is greatly overlooked.
Usually, the TV is mounted on a blank wall. But there are ways to make that black box easier on the eyes and even help to camouflage it a little bit.
When we moved in 2.5 years ago, the place looked like this:
I always wanted to decorate around it, but there was always some other more important project around the house. Finally, I could not stand this TV wall any longer, so I decided to do something about it without spending much money on its decor.
First of all I drew several sketches.
I was debating between adding shelves or a gallery wall. Shelves bring some interest to the space as well. So I offered the sketches to my husband and family to take a look at with fresh eyes and then vote on. Number 2 was the winner. I was glad everyone liked number 2 because I was leaning towards it, too! I think a gallery wall is a fun way to decorate around the TV.
I love sketches for the simple reason that they are helpful in figuring out the scale and desired sizes of objects. Hence, you have an idea what to shop for.
I “shopped” my basement first, and there I found one picture frame that was the perfect size.
If you have been following us for a while, you know that we are thrift stores fans. So, guess where I found the rest of the picture frames? Yes, our local Goodwill store! I armed myself with the measuring tape and went hunting for the desired size picture frames.
There, I was able to find almost exactly what I needed for $2-3 each. I say “almost” because it would be very hard to find the exact sizes I had drawn. But a 2-3 inch difference would not hugely impact the final result. I didn’t worry much about inserts, because they were easily replaceable.
For the prints, I browsed Etsy. Some of the my purchases were immediately downloadable. This is especially useful if you only want a letter size print, as you can use your regular printer to print them. There are also bloggers that offer some awesome free printables upon subscription.
If you want a bigger size or better quality prints, you can order them at your local Staples store.
These are some of the prints I ordered from Etsy.com. They were printed on great quality paper and shipped to us:
The bigger one (a Lady with a Glass by IvMarART) was of such good quality that Dmitri could not believe it was printed, but rather hand drawn! And it cost only $36 (including shipping) – a great price for a great quality print! There is more beautiful work by this artist found on Etsy.
I used to shop at art.com for this type of product. But it can get quite pricey, especially for bigger pieces. You can’t beat Etsy’s prices.
So, back to the picture frames.
I used a touch of black on the frames to tie the black TV in.
However, I could not find anything close to that little frame on the upper left (marked with a red arrow)
And as a true DIYer I found a solution – handmade, hand-drawn wall art from scrap wood and chalk paint leftover.
I don’t pretend to be an artist, thus I drew my “wacky” wine glass. I made it exaggeratedly not perfect. I think it adds more interest.
Next, I decided to get the plant to bring some life, form and texture to this dull space.
The area still looked pretty bland until the vivid green of a Sedum plant made such a difference in the design of this space. It brought some beautiful chaos to the straight lines of the TV stand, picture frames, and TV itself.
I found it in Home Depot. It’s an outdoor plant, but the Home Depot guys assured me it can thrive indoors. So, I decided to give it a try, because I loved its shape (or rather, lack of it) and texture.
I also found this cute owl pot in Home Depot on my way to the register. I just couldn’t pass by this little “friend”.
Now as I had all elements in place, I asked my husband to hang the wall art while I arranged the plants in accordance with my sketch.
And here we have a final look:
While I was shooting photos for one of my other posts, the sun started going down, and the way the light was shining through the blinds was so perfectly beautiful, I could not resist capturing it. I just want to share this photo with you:
We will be very excited to hear from you and see your ideas for decorating around the TV. And, as always, will be glad to chat with you regarding this project and assist you in decorating the wall around your TV!
In the meantime, I just want to share several TV wall decors done by other bloggers that might inspire you.
I like how Anne made it meaningful by incorporating some family history – such as her young Grandmother’s portrait and her dad’s love of astronomy.
Decor is beautifully placed on the TV stand, so this “black hole” is much easier on the eyes.
I love how the wall art is effortlessly tucked behind the TV. Simple and easy, yet beautiful and fun way to decorate around the TV.
This single large wall art adds some drama to the space.