How to Decorate Around The TV and Electronics
When it comes to interior decorating, every household has at least one obstacle: electronics. More and more the television, media players, and game consoles are an integral part of most family rooms. But they aren't really very attractive. So, how do you strike the balance between having the technology available without having it stick out like a design-sore thumb? We have almost 100 ideas to get you inspired! (and be sure to check out our other Deck The Walls decorating ideas and tutorials, too!)
Incorporate and Decorate Around the Television
The old saying, “If you can't beat 'em, join 'em” often rings true in functional family decorating. Some things just need to be in your house, and some habits (shoe dropping, anyone?) are more easily accommodated by adjusting the system rather than trying to overthrow it completely. The television decor situation is the same — sometimes, it's just more effective to embrace it and let it be than to try to hide it! (Although we do have ideas for that on page 3, of course 😉
My friend Lindsey over at Makely introduced me to the phrase “techoration” — it's the idea that, rather than fighting it, you incorporate technology into decorating and design choices. Lindsey shared how she does it by incorporating art and other decor right around the TV:
A DIY sliding platform also helps the TV to be out when you need it, but not in the way when you don't (by Home Coming).
My friend Brooke at All Things Thrifty used crown molding and gave hers a fun color.
You can also put a frame around the outside edge of the TV, and then layer the decor around it, like this from Better Homes and Gardens. The rough wood shelving and stacked frames become the focal point, not the television.
Get yourself a show-stopping TV console, like this old workbench from Brooklyn Limestone, and add some stylish accessories, and your eyes won't even mind the big black box tv.
Adding a reclaimed wood “backdrop” fits great with a rustic style (via Design Sponge)
and if you think a littl big bigger, it can easily be used to hide cords as well! (by Remove and Replace)
Think a little bigger and add a pallet-style wall behind the TV — hang the TV/speakers and the cords can go behind. (via Minha Casa)
Cape 27 made a full pallet wood wall, and the deep wood tones camouflage the TV, while the white canvases on either side draw attention and complete the symmetry for a great look!
This family room from BHG features painted foam core tucked behind the TV, in bright colors that match the rest of the room to make it a cohesive design.
or a vintage pull-down map can have the same effect, too! (from Eclectically Vintage)
Just the wall behind the TV can make a big difference, too — try painting it black (via Apartment Therapy)
or another dark color (West Elm via Refinery 29) to hide the television.
or create a little TV niche to embrace it and make a focal point (via HGTV)
And of course, add some storage with shelves! Open floating media shelves right under the TV (Shanty 2 Chic)
or “hanging” shelves surround the screen can hold electronics as well as decor (Life Thru a Linds).
A large shelving unit can provide a great “home” to the television (via BHG)
(from Habitually Chic)
These tapered shelves provide storage and anchor the wall, without the large footprint of typical built-ins (via Apartment Therapy)
And these built-ins at The Yellow Cape Cod are stunning!
Of course, it's great to incorporate a wall-mounted television just like you would art: Lolly Jane installed it above board and batten and flanked it with a couple of pieces of DIY art.
And the large pieces of artwork here are the stars — not the television (via Apartment Therapy).
And if you add a few more pieces, you can easily create a full gallery wall for your television!