Group Therapy: Troublesome TV Wall

I'm back with another installment of Group Therapy! This time we're tackling a dilemma from my friend Christin, who isn't sure what to do with the wall behind her television.

"I have a decorating question I was hoping you might be able to help me with if you have time. It concerns decorating the wall space around a TV that is sitting on an old buffet. My house is small, so it does not have a lot of places to set picture frames, etc. I was hoping to put up some kind of shelving. An eye like yours would help me determine what would look good or and more importantly, what would not look good!

Christin sent along a few photos to go with her question.

This particular question is near and dear to my heart because I have also been debating what to do with my TV wall. It's a really tricky space, don't you think?

So the first thing I did was search around for ideas on Pinterest, naturally. I found some fantastic examples of shelves and photos around a TV. 

I can't read this blog (What language is that?), but I sure do like this image:

Marits Vita Skrin
This set up could be really good for Christin. I love the way the TV is oriented, and the shelves give her flexibility to switch out the photos and artwork.

Breath of Simple
I have personally used these Ikea Ribba picture shelves in our old house and had fun switching out the art and frames for each season. They are super affordable and easy to install. Christin could use them to do something like this around her TV.

4 Men, 1 Lady
Now it's time for your brilliant ideas! 

Let us know in the comments what you think Christin should do behind her TV. How can she use the space to hang more family photos and artwork? Let's put our heads together and figure something out!

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  1. You can see that this is a kid-friendly space, but I would move that child's desk somewhere else. I'd scoot the T.V. stand over to the right to cover the outlet. Then move the end table to the vicinity of the kid's desk. Christin could make a vignette above the end table with artwork, maybe a mirror, etc. That would be a starting point. She may have to work with what she has and not be able to buy an alternative T.V. stand. She could also use open shelving in that area to add pictures and accessories. I think adding picture frames and other décor on the end table would warm up the space. And to get mirrors, décor, and artwork, seek out the thrift shops like most of us bargain shoppers do. Good luck! Let us see the results after you make the changes.

  2. I like your idea of floating shelves, maybe large sconces on either side of the tv. I would move the end table, but if she must keep it, I suggest adding a plant for color, height, and texture. Pier 1 has great options for fake plants if she does not want another chore. I have a similar tv set up. We bought an antique bookcase to put next to our tv where we have a collection of rare books, wedding photos, and a vase. The bookcase gives height next to such a low piece of furniture. We have my husband's artwork on the wall in a gallery type arrangement. The same look could be recreated with family photos. Michael's has great frames, just wait for the sales and bring a coupon.

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