Decorating Around your Flat Screen TV

I have found that one of the biggest decorating challenges is how to decorate around the flat screen TV.

For years now, the TV has been as necessary in the home as a computer or a phone.  And for years now, it continues to be an often unsightly item in any decor!  But there are ways to decorate around it which help to camouflage the big black box and draw the attention away from it.

How you decide to decorate your TV wall will depend on several things…what the TV sits on,  the size of the TV, and the size and shape of the wall.  Here are a few ideas that might inspire you to think outside the box.

Hanging multiple frames is one of the best ways to surround the TV.  The trick is to create a cohesive gallery which includes the TV.   The frames can house family pictures, art, or both.

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Yes, You SHOULD Paint the Paneling

Believe it or not, there are still people out there that don’t want to paint the paneling!  So here’s yet another reason why you should.  I recently completed a family room that was stuck in a time warp…in large part because of the paneling!

My client calls this room the “den”.  It started out as a paneled room that was dark and outdated.  Fortunately, she was more than willing to paint…and it made all the difference!

Before

Before

We started by painting the room in a light, buttery color.

Although we did purchase new seating furniture, we reused the existing trunk for the coffee table, the end table and the Tiffany style lamps.  The built-in bookshelf was reconfigured to accommodate a new flat screen TV.

For the window treatment, we placed a woven wood Roman shade, outside mounted and all the way to the molding.  This made the window look larger and more balanced for the room.

The homeowner wanted to use her existing Tiffany style lamps, but they were a bit short.  Using a decorative box we raised them making them the right height, and increased the storage in the room.

The homeowner is an avid movie watcher and wanted to incorporate that “theme” in the room.  We accomplished this with art.

The biggest impact, however, was definitely created by painting the paneling!  It made the room feel fresh and updated.  So don’t hesitate…Paint the Paneling!!

Hope I’ve inspired.


Decorating a Family Room

Recently, I completed this casual and comfortable living area in Frisco, TX.

The homeowners had purchased the furniture from Rachel Benedict at Thomasville.  A gorgeous sectional in a light taupe leather, complimented by industrial inspired tables…including a bar height table with stools.  My job was to decorate it.

The room’s Transitional style is a total departure from the more Traditional look that  the homeowners are comfortable with.  The old world map provides that traditional element, while still moving  in the direction of a more streamlined, simple look.

The room reflects the homeowner’s love of travel and we personalized it with evidence of their trips.

Two rustic shelves display their collection of city cups…each reflecting the name of a city they have visited.

Both love taking pictures, so a few of their favorite photos were enlarged and framed.  These can be changed out every few months to display their latest adventures.

The time zones in 5 of their favorite cities…

Industrial jars filled with edible gum balls, Skittles and Jellie Beans…bringing fun and color to the space.  Below, the homeowner’s initials in monogram tins personalize the bar.

We stocked the bar with the basic necessities (minus the alcohol…well ok, we got some wine!).  In the corner, 2 industrial crates display their collection of Coca Cola bottles.

I loved decorating this room!  Hope I’ve inspired!


A Not-So-Typical Media Room

Recently, I’ve been decorating for a wonderful family who first hired me  in 2004.   I’ve had the pleasure of helping them with several rooms in their home, and most recently we’ve completed their Media Room. 

I’ll affectionately call them “The Travelers”, because traveling is a major part of all their lives.  So when it came time to redo their Media Room, it was clear to me that this was the perfect opportunity to make this, not just a media room, but a personal showcase of travel memories.

BEFORE, the room’s decor had been neglected a bit…

So the first thing we did was paint the walls AND ceiling with Sherwin Williams 6228 Refuge.

SW 6228 Refuge

  • The sofas and tables were recycled from the downstairs family room, which has also been redecorated (that’s a blog post for another day). 
  • Pictures from their travels were selected and framed to form a gallery that can be updated with future trips.
  • Most of the accessories used are items or suveniers purchased during their travels.
  • The focal point, however, is the gorgeous, over-sized world map.

  •  Flag pins indicate the places visited.

Incorporating the “travel theme” in the media room, has given it a more “personal” feel for this family of travelers.  It has also made it a multi-purpose space.  So if you’re fortunate enough to have a dedicated media room, think outside the “media room box”, and consider the decor possibilities….

A media room library:

  A media room office:

Or how about a murphy bed!!

 …now enjoy the show!

Till next time,

Alba