How to Decorate around your Flat Screen Television

How to Decorate around your Flat Screen Television

You and your living room are happier because you have just acquired a flat screen television.  Although, you seem to be having a small problem, everything around the television seems not to work. The furniture no longer faces the right direction, the wall art is being blocked, and the armoire you’ve placed the television in is too big.   These are all common decorating dilemmas when you acquire a flat screen television.  Read on to see how you can keep that television and make the rest of your room look beautiful around your new addition to the family.

  • Plan for space: One of the beautiful advantages to having a flat screen television is the ability to view it from many angles of the room. This same advantage is its disadvantage when it comes to placing furniture in the room.  The challenge is that you can’t have obstacles that are within the line of sight of the television.  Stand back in all angles of the room and assess what furniture is too tall and plan for space around it. Another trick is to stand at the television and look back at the room. You will easily see what is obstructing the view and space.
  • Highlight the wall: Your television can blend or it can be the focal point.  Most people want it to be the focal point as it costs a lot of money, and you want everyone to see it! For you, painting an accent wall that your television is hung or placed in front of will draw emphasis to this wall.  If you are one that would like the television to blend, consider housing your television in a piece of furniture that can be closed, such as an armoire or entertainment center.
  • Viewing height: Depending on the height you choose to view your television will dictate how to add artwork or decorative items around it. For those that want it stand mounted on a low console, you will be able to optimize more of the wall behind it for artwork.  While if you decide to mount it on the wall, the television can compete with artwork – which can be distracting. For larger rooms that have a long viewing range, a wall application will work better. While smaller, narrower spaces will benefit from the lower console.
    • Hanging artwork: If you have high ceilings, artwork placed above the line of television sight viewing is a good idea.  Consider making the artwork simple, and more abstract. Artwork that has physical content will cause television viewers to concentrate on the artwork. For shorter ceilings, but longer walls, consider putting small collections of artwork, paintings, photographs etc… to the side(s) of your television.  Whichever you design preference, try to let the television compliment the space, or be left on its own.  For visual interest for wall mounted televisions add wainscoting or build decorative architectural niches into the wall.

Your flat screen television can be a welcomed addition if you can determine how to decorate around it. Before you buy your television take these tips into consideration.  Remember, the smaller the room, the smaller television that is needed. Often time’s people buy too large of a television for the space, and viewers can get headaches, and the picture will also appear pixilated if the viewing distance isn’t enough. Placing a flat screen television above a fireplace or on an accent wall will give visual interest that may need additional décor. You decide and make your television a welcomed addition to your home. Freshome readers tell us your experience with decorating around your flat screen. Has it been easy or a huge headache? We’d love to hear your comments.


  • Alex October 27, 2010 at 14:58 PMLogin to Reply →

    I personally don’t like seeing the TV when I’m not watching it, so I like designs where the TV is enclosed in a piece of furniture. I love the setup my parents have in their condo: they have a wall of built-in bookcases with a fireplace in the center and the TV in a cabinet above it. When you close the doors on the TV, you’d hardly know it’s there.

    In my place, we don’t have the luxury of built-in cabinetry, so we’ve mounted the TV on a wall in the living room, but we set it up so that you don’t see the TV when you enter the room or when you are sitting in the sofa looking at the windows. I really like how you barely notice the TV if you aren’t looking directly at it.

    It’s one of the big advantages of flatscreen TVs, I think; if you want to highlight the TV you can place it in the center of the room and it looks great, but if you don’t want to see it, flatscreens are very easy to hide.

  • Julien October 28, 2010 at 01:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    Agree with you alex,

    and with the new tv that are super thin, its even easier to hide them or make them less noticeable; although there extremely expensive.

  • G1GAHURTZ October 28, 2010 at 03:21 AMLogin to Reply →

    Sorry, but the assertion that buying a large TV can cause headaches based on the size of the room it’s placed in is complete nonsense. On top of that, the claim that the viewing distance can cause things to “look pixelated”, is almost as bad. Many of the interiors that I see on Freshome are amazing, yet interior designers of such properties seem to have no clue whatsoever when it comes to the practical side of watching TV.

    The amount of times that I’ve seen a living room where the home cinema 5.1 speaker system is put in the most nonsensical position is enough to make me think that most interior designers don’t even understand stereo sound!

    Just look at the pictures in this very article… Large rooms where the front speakers are placed right next to the TV… Seating at a right angle, so it’s almost impossible to watch anything whilst sitting upright and looking forward…

    Many of these interiors are supposed to be the height of luxury, yet you’d very likely get a better TV viewing/home cinema experience in your typical student flat.

  • eva October 28, 2010 at 09:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    thank’s a lot, it such an informative post… thank you for the brilliant ideas as well.

  • Home Theater Fanatic November 3, 2010 at 12:44 PMLogin to Reply →

    Personally what i feel is, Flat screens TV’s Should be away from Bright light sources, Such as Nearby doors, Windows. The layout of the living room also plays an important role in decorating the area around the TV.

  • carpet cleaning December 20, 2010 at 15:04 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is such a tremendous living room design. The carpets really look elegant. They seem to complement the floor’s color and texture. Plus, all the things that can be seen in home theater are so catchy and well arranged. They really belong to the rightful angle, thus making the design stand out.

  • heather January 15, 2013 at 10:47 AMLogin to Reply →

    I’d love to know where I can buy the media unit in the last picture (black & walnut)….if anybody knows could you let me know please.

    Much thanks