Good Questions: Paint the Wall Behind My Flat Screen TV ?

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Hello AT,

I'm convinced that there's something interesting I can do with paint on this blank wall before remounting the 60" plasma you see on the floor and the 3 on-wall speakers you see around it. All of these items are high-gloss black. I've tried a few things, including painting this whole wall, but none have worked out (which would be why you see that big bucket of paint next to the tv)...

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Now I'm thinking about painting some kind of frame or box behind everything (like the red outline I drew on top of pic) but have no idea what color, light or darker, matte or glossy, etc would look good as a background for the gloss black plasma and speakers, assuming this idea is even a good one. None of my previous ideas turned out any good, that's for sure.

Thanks! Steve

Dear Steve,

Doing a little subtle decorative work to offset the behemoth you're about to put on the wall is a great idea. We go with a tone that is not a mid-tone - something between the dark of the TV and the light of the wall.

As far as what color you choose, we'd go with a warm color (red seems very nice to us right now - but brown would be a more discreet choice. We'd also head over to this post at ATSanFran to see how a few folks used artwork to offset their flat screen.

We'd also head over to our Home Tech site and look at these posts: Small Cool Tech Setups 2007. There are a good many variations on your theme here.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.