Need advice on how to decorate around a TV


I recently purchased a console for a new 60 inch TV. I had a small corner TV stand before. My dilemma is decorating around it, specifically the wall next to the slider. that you see in the picture. I just have a little round table that holds dog treats and a flashlight that I use when I bring my dogs in from the backyard. I know this needs to go but need something on that wall that would allow us to store a flashlight when we take them out and treats. Maybe a shelf or something or a narrow table? Do I need some art on the wall? I have a gallery wall on another wall in the room so cannot do one there either. I know sometimes less is more but I feel that this area in the room looks bare and naked. Also that little chest next to the TV is housing the weights that I use when I work out. The modem and cords are to the left of the TV which I would like to somehow camouflage. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

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advice on how to decorate around a tv, entertainment rec rooms, home decor, how to, living room ideas
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  • Jamoschini Jamoschini on Jan 12, 2015
    I love your new TV stand and see that you prefer a minimalist look which is clean and fresh. So, I think what I would do is replace the small table and tiny bench which stores your dog treats and flashlight and weights, with a taller storage piece for that wall. Maybe a small bookcase against that wall to hide the outlet and wire and small decorative boxes placed in the bookshelf for doggie treats, a small square plant to hide the flashlight behind, and another box to hide away your weights. Above the TV I would hang a dark colored decorative candle holder wide enough not to look dwarfed by the TV and beautiful console.

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    • Wint Wint on Jan 12, 2015
      @Lablover Find a storage unit that has a multi basket option to hide some of your treats and supplies. It wouldn't look as busy as a bookcase and you could go taller to add some interest.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 12, 2015
    I'd move it in the centre of the space. Am a great user of tall plants (real of artificial). I'd put one on the left to soften lines and balance off the TV. Would still be room to put a small table, etc. to the left of the plant.

  • Kandee S Kandee S on Jan 12, 2015
    definitely hang the tv on wall mount so it can angle when you want to watch it. I have put led light strips( home depot) on back of my tv which gives what ever color you want on the walls and helps when watching a movie. Maybe a small collection of pictures for a grouping. Take the white cabinet and put on the window wall so you can use remotes better

    • Lablover Lablover on Jan 12, 2015
      Thanks for the suggestion. The TV is mounted to the wall, I think it does not really show in the picture. I would never have thought of having the TV free float without any console underneath.

  • Buster Evans Buster Evans on Jan 12, 2015
    are there 2 sides for storage in that magazine rack beside the chair?? If so you could use the back side (not facing the camera) to store dog treats and flashlight to where they are convenient to you in the chair and going out and back in... You could replace the little table and the small chest (move elsewhere) with a nice plant to add color and depth to that wall....above the Tv a mirror or possibly candles just to take up the large blank space, center the TV on the stand.

    • Lablover Lablover on Jan 12, 2015
      Yes that little end table could hold the dog treats and flashlight.That is a good idea about a plant. I need some color in the room although I am drawn to safe neutrals. I am not sure about a mirror as I had a mirror hanging on the mantle and it was recommended to not do that as I have very high ceilings and it made it look higher.

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jan 12, 2015
    you can check a search on this site or pinterest for 'wall to floor wall groupings' looks like the wall next to it needs a focal point

  • Christine Christine on Jan 12, 2015
    There are those shelf boxes that would look great in the space, in addition you could use on both sides of the wall since it is in the corner. They have crates at micheals that you could stain and paint white and weather them a bit to provide lots of storage and help minimize the tv. Both could be attached to the wall. So they don't take up extra floor space.

  • Colleen Colleen on Jan 12, 2015
    The tv/console looks a tad awkward where it's placed. I can't help but think if you replaced the table and chest with another cabinet or table as you're thinking, it would still look awkward. If it works space-wise, I would angle it into the corner (which would take care of hiding cords) and place a tall plant to the right between the console and the fireplace to fill in space, add interest (without adding clutter) and to balance the scale of the console (or a tall floor vase with some tall branches in it). You could place a small box with dog treats in it on top of the console to the left of the tv. A small flashlight could be hidden behind it, or perhaps placed in the console cabinet. Maybe have another look at what's being stored in the console cabinets and perhaps find room for your weights in there, or move them somewhere else all together??

    • Lablover Lablover on Jan 12, 2015
      I just purchased the console specifically for hubby's large TV ; ) so I can;t change it out. We have tried cornering it and it is too wide and cut into the room. Also have tried putting it on the wall next to the back slider and it did not work out well for all the seating.

  • Jeff C. Keane Jeff C. Keane on Jan 12, 2015
    I believe Colleen/Canada has the right idea. I live in a small 685+- sq ft apt. I have two black "knock down" tv stands, one, I bought and the other is a dumpster area salvage that someone else didnt want, so, I was thrilled when it turned out to be clean/undamaged! stacking them at 45degrees in the corner, puts my 42" flat screen at "just the right" height for viewing from the sofa/ dining area and kitchenette. I also have a wood burning f/p that I use in approximately the same size area.(mine's probably a little tighter, bc its an apt.) Then, put your little basket on the other side of the armchair to make room for the cabinet angled in the corner.

  • Victoria Victoria on Jan 13, 2015
    I'd look for something made in sisal or plaited palm to hang on the wall, leaving the floor space clear...

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 13, 2015
    Hi Lablover! (I'm also a lablover from MA : ). Gorgeous TV and console, BTW! Here's my humble opinion about what to do with that wall. Hang a mirror or a nice, fairly large painting or picture that brings in the colors of the room over a small storage bench where you can hide your stuff. You had the right idea with that little stool, but the scale is off. Something with a cushion or rounded edges to balance the sharp rectangular edges of the tv and console. Remove the round table and add a tall bunch of tall twigs or something to balance the height of the TV. Also, the TV doesn't look centered on the console, so slide it over a bit more towards the fireplace so it doesn't look so crowded. Good luck! Make sure you post after pictures!

  • Susan Bott Susan Bott on Jan 13, 2015
    How about something in vinyl wall lettering. These are available with all different sayings or you can get them custom made on eBay. They are also very easily removed.

  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 13, 2015
    wall mounted and floating t.v.s give u back your, plants, collage...skies the limit...if u have the room u can also caddy-corner tv and really nice looking stand..then.hang pretty plant (s) over tv in (good quality faux plants are great and easy)or hang collage art /family pictures that wrap around corner...have fun..

  • Lulu Lulu on Jan 13, 2015
    another thought...slide tv to other end of console...I see u have black n white furniture...I have that same rug...on that blank wall....POP IT WITH SOMETHING RED!!! or pull out color in rug u luv and pop it loud! may wanna use another shape round or oval frame to soften so much "squareness"...whatcha think?

  • Lisa Daly Lisa Daly on Jan 13, 2015
    I think some black picture frames with black and white photos or pictures if you dont have any, you could download some images from the internet, a tall artificial plant in the corner would be good near electrical stuff as there is no water required, and I would replace that small table with a nice bedside locker in white that would be more stable for the dog running around, and a drawer for your torch,

  • Lablover Lablover on Jan 14, 2015
    Thank you everyone for your suggestions.I really appreciate it. I am going to try to take pictures of the rest of the room in daylight but unfortunately I leave the house for work when it is dark and get home when it is dark too! Colors are somewhat neutral: brown cream rust but trying to add in some light blue which is in my rug. My concern is it being busy with pictures on the wall. I like a plant idea though. I also am going to keep an eye out for a small storage unit

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone Amy Ogden-Paparone on Jan 14, 2015
    I'd mount the TV over the fireplace. I'd hang a big beautiful mirror where the tv is now, as that would reflect the light during the day and make the room look bigger and brighter. I would also arrange the furniture around the fireplace and TV as that would be your focal point. Then you could add a nice sofa with sofa table and some comfortable chairs. I'm also very fond of neutral colors, but you can play it safe by bringing in your favorite colors with throw pillows, and an area rug. It would look beautiful!

  • Ginger the farm gal Ginger the farm gal on Oct 12, 2015
    How about just put the tv and stand caddy corner away from the corner wall, and put weights behind it.... maybe even a couple floor lamps/w trays.... on each side of the TV .. for that beautiful dogs treats/ and flash light...leave the walls alone, it's a TV corner. Line the rug up with the sliding door and set the chair on the rug.

  • Rachel Rachel on Nov 11, 2015
    How about put the console across the corner and go from there

  • Rita Rita on Nov 11, 2015
    A large picture on the wall next to the window for starters. Check IKEA they have unusual sizes in shelving and book cases that could surround the TV that would give it a more custom look with a shelf placed horizonal above the TV then you can personalize the whole area. Try to adjust the rug and chair to be able to view the TV. Never have a floating rug always sit the furniture on it. I hope this helps you out some what. Sometimes it takes changing furniture several times before you can say OK I like that look.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Sep 30, 2016
    It looks like you can put TV and cabinet on an angel which now open up that space and makes it look bigger and now anything that you put on walls won't reflect onto TV. Then I think if you buy 2 storage ottomans you can use one to hold treats and flash light and other for cords by drilling holes into bottom . Plus if you get them finished in fabric will bring color into room. And or you would have space because now cords are hidden by cabinet and behind cabinet you will have dead space that you can use. Just a thought hope it helps.

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