Are you looking at redoing your living room or just the area around your TV? Perhaps you want to pull a little bit of the obsessive focus away from your TV and rest it on other areas in the room. We get it! Your friendly neighborhood Shelfologists to the rescue! Here are 7 dynamite ideas for decorating around your TV (with or without our crispy, drool-worthy floating shelves).
#1: The “Library”
One of the best things you can do around your TV is to add shelving or built-ins to convert your living room into a double-feature library! This will work especially well if you have many books to display. You can either choose cupboards with doors to hide away your book collection or use open shelving or floating shelves to display them proudly, dudes!
#2: The “Built-In”
This isn’t an uncommon appearance in homes nowadays; in fact, it’s one of the most popular, radical ways to add storage and style around a television—especially one that cannot be mounted. Built-ins can be created in any shape, size, or style. They can have cabinets on the bottom or all over and can have adjustable shelving, off-center shelves, or even cubes with organizers in them. The sky is the limit!
You can paint the backing of the shelf the same color as your wall and have the shelves either match or contrast. You can add baskets to your shelves, fun trinkets and doodads, glass bottles, photos, and so much more to bring life and character to your built-in.
#3: Floating Shelves and Cupboards
Here’s a really cool idea! Imagine your TV on a neutral wall with two long floating shelves above it—they extend from one side of the TV past it by about two or three feet. Under these two shelves on one side is a smaller shelf that lines up with the others, creating a neat framing look.
On the other side of the TV and below it, perhaps you could find some floating cabinets that help complete the package and balance everything out! This would be a fun, modern setup and would look amazing in black, white, and wood tones.
#4: Plants, Pots, & Shelves
Want a fun, oxygen-producing vibe in your living room? Picture this: two long floating shelves above your TV, a spider plant hangs down on one end, an understated thyme plant sits on your TV stand, and other mini plants (maybe cacti?) adorn your other spaces. Next to your TV, a taller, tree-like house plant frames out the space, and a cool abstract art piece in beige and brown frames out the other side. A woven basket sits underneath the artwork. ¡Perfectísimo!
#5: Fireplace Focus
Did you know that wood for your fireplace doesn’t have to be shoved away in the dark somewhere? That’s right – you can integrate those beautiful, rustic logs into your living room’s design! For example, built-in log storage that extends from floor to ceiling, right next to your fireplace.
This piece could be featured with stunning dark, charcoal paint to help the logs pop, and the TV (mounted directly above the fireplace) would sink into the dark paint. To the left of the featured wall, plants or corner shelving that is adorned with pottery or bottles could create a natural transition to the rest of your wall.
#6: Sliding Doors and Pockets
Hmm… What if we could pop the TV into a recessed built-in and install a sliding door? With this approach, you could have both a collection of books and trinkets along with a TV. However, both sets would never be on view at once. We imagine this as a great way to hide away your TV when you aren’t using it!
#7: Mantle & “Frame”
The mantle will forever be a centerpiece in homes across the country. This horizontal shelf sits above the fireplace and is a staple in mid-century modern and farmhouse-style houses. The fireplace mantel also makes a perfect place to display family photos and other treasures! So give your mantle the frame it deserves. We’re picturing a beautiful white shiplap wall with a black fireplace below, a maple floating mantel above it, and a “picture frame” TV above that.
A dark wooden vase holds a sprig of Japanese maple on one side, and on the other, a dark wooden tray sits with a small ceramic candlestick holder and a tiny spider plant. Underneath the fireplace, white painted brick forms a little ledge over the hardwood floors, and it’s decorated with baskets, pillows, and candles. Beautiful!
What clever ideas do you have for the area around your TV? Whatever it is, we bet it’s going to be radical! Get improving, dudes & dudettes!