15 Ways to Decorate Around {and Hide!} the TV

Tons of tips and ideas for decorating the wall around a TV. 

The age old question — how to make the big TVs of today work in the scheme of a room and not overpower it.

Televisions don’t bother me much so I’m not a big stickler about this. But I definitely don’t want it to be the center of attention — often they do stand out more than we’d like!

I’ve gathered a few of my favorite ideas on how to incorporate a TV into the design of your house, and even help it to disappear a little bit!

Create a TV gallery wall

My favorite ideas involve gallery walls — especially those with black frames. I think they work so well with the TV:

gallery wall around TV with black frames

Source: Pottery Barn 

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What a beautiful room right? I think this TV wall is done so well. White frames and other colors work well too of course, I just think the black helps to make the TV stand out a little less. 

I love the idea of incorporating big artwork to steal the focus:

art wall around TV

I love how this art goes all the way down to the floor and really makes the TV feel a part of the gallery.

I’ve always loved this image from Pottery Barn and their use of frames and other items to make an art wall around the TV:

Pottery Barn gallery wall around TV

Source: Pottery Barn

Keep in mind this can get busy fast! The black and white photos keep this wall from becoming visually overwhelming. 

I love how this one has some art hung behind the TV a bit — you can still see it, but it feels layered: 

Minimize TV with gallery wall

These are a couple of my favorites — I like the simple but non-symmetrical layout: 

gallery wall around the TV

By the way, I prefer to hang our TVs instead of sitting them on a piece of furniture. I ALWAYS hang our flatscreen televisions on the wall. 

I find a mounted TV is cleaner and blends in to the surroundings better. 

It seems to “lighten” the space and gives it more visual breathing room.

I love the way Emily pulls in some color around her dark TV: 

Ideas for decorating around the TV

Beautiful! Notice how the green tones in the artwork are repeated? This helps to keep the artwork from looking too busy. 

I used very simple black frames around the TV hanging in our bedroom: 

I also layered a couple slightly behind the TV like in the photo above. 

If you don’t want to use art, try something else! I love Marian’s use of decorative plates for a softer feel: 

Decorating around TV with plates

Oh how I LOVE that symmetry! 

Keep the decor around the TV simple

I love the clean floating shelves with simple decor here: 

Floating shelves around TV

I really like the low TV stand as well. This is simpler and less cluttered look if a gallery wall is too much for you. 

two lamps next to TV

A beautiful furniture piece like our vintage dresser also helps to direct the attention elsewhere!

Be careful with decor — too many accessories bring extra attention to the TV and make it a focal point.

“Hide” the television with a dark wall

I also like the idea of going darker on the wall behind the television. A big black box on a light wall sticks out like a sore thumb!

A dark paint color blends the television into the background. 

You can paint a whole wall or a smaller section — I love this dark gray living room fireplace flanked by white bookcases:

dark gray fireplace TV

You KNOW how much I love a gray accent!

Here’s ours hanging over the dark gray fireplace and built ins in our old family room (this color is Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams):
I think a dark wall goes a long way to downplaying the flatscreen.
Creating an accent wall behind can also direct attention away from the television. When you combine that with a dark background like our dark gray entertainment center wall, it works even better:
dark gray TV bookcase wall
You can see here how our dark family room fireplace wall camouflages it a bit:

Tall dark fireplace grid wall with TV

Turn your TV into art! 

We recently purchased a Frame TV and I love it!! It turns your television into a piece of art: 

Cyberspace fireplace Frame TV

You can use your own photos or inexpensive downloads and change the “art” as much as you want. It’s so fun and looks really lovely.

Have you done anything special to minimize the TVs in your house? Or does it not bother you much? 

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