5 Ways to Decorate Around the TV from Real Homes

updated Oct 17, 2022
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Sometimes, you have just a sliver or tiny nook (or a really awkward corner) to slide your television into, but other times, you might be working with a big ol’ wall. Sure, you can just put up the TV and be done with it, but if you like your art and are always looking for more room to get some into your home, around your TV screen is the perfect place to keep building your collection.

Read on for five ideas straight from our House Tours on how to decorate around your flat panel with your favorite works.

Keep Things Symmetrical

Above: Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, founders of Aphrochic, have a totally gorgeous home in Brooklyn. Their subtle, symmetrical arrangement of art around their TV is a nice way to fill some of the white space on the wall without distracting the eye too much from whatever they might be bingeing! In this particular vignette, the TV sits on a console between two sections of decorative molding where the art is nicely centered.

(Image credit: Lauren Kolyn)

Go Full-On Gallery

Right off the bat, putting your TV up against a dark wall like Savannah and Mike did in their Montreal home is smart if you want the black hole to disappear a little bit. It falls further into the background thanks to the robust collection of art gathered around the screen. Should you want to try this at home, it’s best to wait until you have a significant number of pieces and start directly above the television, then cascade up, out, and down from there.

(Image credit: Minette Hand)

Opt For Oversized

The whimsical Charleston home of Millie Sims makes no apologies. While most people might think it’s a no-no to hide art behind a television, in this instance, over-scale canvases work perfectly as you see enough of the pieces that the art isn’t a “waste.” What’s created is a focal point for the room that’s both practical as an entertainment center and beautiful.

(Image credit: Winkie Visser)

Try Perfectly Imperfect

If you’re working with a long stretch of wall, and prefer green leafy art straight from nature over framed prints, try this setup spotted in Aysu Sener‘s Dutch abode for size. The center section features the TV, while the other two-thirds that surround it are all about displaying decorative objects, art, and plants in a slightly haphazard but organized way.

(Image credit: Liz Calka)
(Image credit: Liz Calka)

Play Hide & Seek

And the award for the most creative use of art goes to…Nicole and Dave! The artist couple set up this rolling barn door track to both show off Nicole’s art and to mask cables and the television. Smart and stylish!