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How to decorate a large TV wall

When decorating the wall around your TV, add texture by installing shelving alongside artwork.
When decorating the wall around your TV, add texture by installing shelving alongside artwork. Fotolia

Unless you have a massive entertainment center, many TVs look diminutive or lost on a large wall, even if the screen is large. Here’s how one couple fixed this problem after moving into their new home.

Proper proportions

Despite having a 55-inch TV, the wall their TV was placed against was so much larger that all perspective was lost. The wall effectively swallowed their screen, and the room felt uncomfortable in a can’t-put-your-finger-on-it kind of way. But our eyes are trained for proportion, and when the scale of our rooms and the decor in them are off, so is our enjoyment of the room. We may often not even know we’re uncomfortable in a room until it’s been arranged well and in a proportionate way. That was this scenario.

Fill it up

If you do a quick Web search of decorating blank TV walls, lots of images come up showing a TV surrounded by framed pictures. While this is one way to fill up blank space, decorating this way lacks dimension and texture. Think about it: You’re filling up a flat wall with a flat glass screen surrounded by even more flat surfaces. What big blank walls need is dimension. This couple had a few items of decor to work with – some candle sconces, a single deer trophy mount and some vertical framed mirrors that were inset with wrought iron.

To give the TV more heft on the wall, the small TV stand was swapped out with a large cart that was too big for the kitchen. Next, the cart was positioned in the center of the wall and the TV placed on it. The TV, which had overlapped the smaller table before, now was the same width as the bigger, bulkier cart that was actually more interesting looking in the living room. Better still, the TV sits higher. Next, a framed picture was hung on the wall over the TV on the right, and the deer head placed on the left.

Frame it up

To give the wall more weight on the sides, two tall, narrow-framed mirrors with wrought iron insets were placed on either side of the wall at the top height of the TV.

To add more dimension, candelabra sconces were added above the mirrors and to the side of the artwork and deer mount. The lessons learned were that by framing the TV with the mirrors and the sconces, the wall became more dimensional and the whole room came together. The deer mount also helped give the wall more interest and depth.

If you can’t find a long narrow piece like the framed mirrors in this project, a standing screen can be disassembled and the individual frames used for this purpose. Artwork with frames that are fuller and thicker will also look better; not like just another flat surface. Look for items like shelves, wall brackets or plates for other ways to give your wall more interest, depth and dimension, and your TV will go from lonely to lovely on the wall.

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