Decor Dilemma: What to Do with the Wall Behind Your TV

Most of us have a television in our home—and for many of us, it’s located along a central wall in your living room or bedroom. And that always begs the question: what do you do with the wall behind your TV?  Previously, we dove into how to incorporate a TV into your layout, but what about how to decorate around a TV?

This may seem like a small problem, but it’s actually one of our most frequently asked interior design questions! Modsy customers are always wondering, “Do I need to hang art around my TV? Leave the TV wall blank? Put plants or a bookcase on either side?”

Well, here’s the good news: there is no one right answer. There are so many interior design ideas and options besides just a blank wall with a TV! Keep reading for our 10 best TV wall ideas!

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Create A Faux Built-In

According to our living room checklist, storage is a crucial part of a functional living room. So, we love the idea of mounting the television on the wall, then using low bookcases and floating shelves to create a built-in look! It offers tons of living room storage, giving the illusion of a permanent structure without actually making permanent changes.

With storage space above and below, you have a way to organize and display books, art, and decor. And using baskets on the lower shelves is the perfect way to hide spare cords, remotes, and other gadgets without making your space feel cluttered! In this set-up, we also opted for symmetrical sconce lighting to further drive home that custom built-in look—but you can approach lighting in many ways and in many different styles! And going for open shelving versus a closed cabinet or TV console gives this whole arrangement a lighter and airier feeling.

This is perfect for…

Rental spaces, since this isn’t a permanent built-in, as well as those with large living room walls!

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Build Out A Mixed Media Wall

Another TV wall decor idea? Using mixed media decor around your television—from framed art to ceramics, decorative objects, vases, and plants. Have your TV sit on the console, then have art and decor sitting around it. In this way, the TV becomes part of the wall decor instead of an eyesore and focal point. Choosing a single color scheme—in this case, blues and whites—will help the space feel eclectic but not chaotic.

And if you have a long stretch of walls, consider putting two identical consoles side-by-side to create an asymmetrical mixed media set-up in your living room. By having the television on one side and floating shelves on the other, it makes the whole wall appear like one display—creating a streamlined and continuous look instead of feeling blocky. The shelves also offer extra storage and display space. Having this set-up gives you more surface area to create a mixed media wall and helps the TV integrate into the space even more so than using just a single console with mixed media decor.

This is perfect for… 

A variety of living rooms—those with long and large walls, for a space that needs extra storage, or for living rooms that are narrow or with high ceilings.

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Hide Your TV Inside A Cabinet

If you don’t like looking at your television when it’s not in use, consider concealing it in a wall cabinet. By placing your TV inside a cabinet, you don’t see it unless the cabinet doors are opened! The cabinet pictured above looks like a mirror when shut, so it naturally integrates as part of the room decor and goes with the style of the rest of the room.

This is perfect for…

More formal living rooms, where a television would look out of place. It’s also great for a bedroom where you want to have a TV but don’t want it to be the first thing you see when you wake up!

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Cover Your TV With A Curtain

Curtains aren’t just for window coverings! They can also be a clever way to cover your television if you don’t want to worry about TV wall decor. If you have a fireplace in your living room, with an inlet to the side, just place your TV on a console in the inlet—then hang some neutral curtains in front of the inlet! This way, you can pull the curtains across to hide the TV when not inuse, giving the illusion of a large window or neutral wall. So, when the curtain is shut, the fireplace remains the focal point of the room.

We love this option because curtains are so easy to pull back and forth—so you don’t have to physically move anything when you do want to use your TV. It’s a simple and affordable solution!

This is perfect for…

Those who want a clutter-free, streamlined look without electronics. It’s also perfect for rooms with wall nooks or cabinets, and those in small apartments, studio spaces, or multi-purpose rooms where you don’t want the space to be all about the TV, but also want it nearby for when you do want to use it!

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Hang Your TV Within A Gallery Wall

In this living room, we’ve “disguised” the television within a gallery wall by hanging framed art around the TV. Of course, the TV isn’t actually disguised. But the way the art is hung “frames” the TV on the cabinet, making it less of an eyesore. This TV wall decor approach takes the focal point away from electronics and gives the TV wall a more decorative look. Opting for a darker wall color also creates less contrast with the TV, helping it blend in even more.

And this arrangement is easy to personalize. You can use any type of art, in any style—really making a unique look of your own! Above, we opted for a grid layout, using art prints that are all part of the same collection, in similar styles. But you could also go for an eclectic gallery wall with more of a randomized layout. Another option? Family photos!

This is perfect for…

Rooms where the TV is located along a large wall, where you have plenty of space to create a stunning gallery. (P.S. Here’s our guide to finding the best TV stand for your TV size.)

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Set Up A Room Divider

Another way to hide your television when it’s not in use? Using a room divider or screen. You can set the screen in front of your TV set-up, creating an attractive solution to hiding your TV and any of its additional wires and electronics when it’s not in use. Since they tend to be lightweight, screens and folding room dividers are easy to move and fold up when you do want to watch the TV.

For this arrangement, we like the idea of tucking the TV and the cabinet it sits on in the corner of the room, which will give the room divider a more natural look when it’s set up. And the screen itself is also multipurpose, as it can be used in other areas of your home as well!

This is perfect for…

Studio apartments or multi-purpose rooms, where you want your TV accessible but don’t want it to be a focal point in the space. It’s a simple solution for covering your TV without installing a permanent fixture or hanging things on walls—making this a great option for a rental space.

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Mount Your TV On The Fireplace

If you have a living room with a TV and a fireplace, consider mounting your television onto the fireplace, rather than having a traditional mantle! Having the TV centered on the fireplace creates a visual focal point, so the two aren’t competing for attention in your space. And it also results in a clean, uncluttered look, since you don’t have an added media cabinet or entertainment center.

In the arrangement above, we flanked the fireplace with floating shelves layered with framed art. This helps frame and accentuate the fireplace—and creates a fun take on a gallery wall! It adds color and visual interest to this wall, so the TV doesn’t feel barren or become an eyesore. The collection of artwork, along with the accent wall color, creates a full wall look rather than making this all about the TV. But this does require the TV to be mounted on the fireplace wall—which could require some creativity with hiding cords.

This is perfect for…

Living rooms that don’t have many options of places to put the television, and for those who don’t want to choose between centering the room around the TV or the fireplace!

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Built A Floating Media Unit

If you prefer a more minimal look, we love the idea of building a floating media unit. In the room above, we mounted the TV on the wall above a large floating storage shelf. And below the shelf, we placed some poufs, which can be used as ottomans when kicking back to watch a movie!

By eliminating the use of an entertainment center or TV console, you’re left with a minimal, streamlined look. And the addition of plants adds an organic touch, contrasting with the sleekness of the floating cabinet. A neutral and monochromatic color palette also makes this space appear less cluttered.

This is perfect for…

Small spaces, where you don’t have the square footage for a media cabinet. But this shelf, specifically, still gives you a little bit of hidden storage space! It also allows for additional compact seating options, with the poufs and the chair on the side—perfect for hosting guests when you don’t need the TV to be the central focal point of the room. And, of course, it’s perfect for those who love modern and minimal spaces.

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Create A Mixed Media Gallery

Here’s another take on a mixed media TV wall design ideas: incorporating your TV on the wall with other pieces, making it fully part of the mixed media gallery. The use of a mirror and framed art helps the TV mix into the gallery in a more cohesive way, giving your TV a more discreet look. In this case, we used a smaller wall-mounted TV, which seamlessly blends in with the other pieces—but a larger TV would work, too.

In the room above, we centered the gallery wall above a cabinet—but you could also have the gallery be free-floating if you don’t have the floor space for a media cabinet or don’t need the additional storage space.

This is perfect for…

Those who already have a gallery wall created but want to incorporate a TV into the room. Just add the TV to the mix! It’s also great for small homes without a lot of wall space, since you get a gallery wall, mirror space, and TV viewing all in one place!

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Utilize Wallpaper As A Backdrop

If you don’t want to think about how to creatively decorate the wall behind your TV, but you also don’t want to settle for a boring blank wall, add some wallpaper on the wall behind the TV! This creates a decorative accent wall so you have no need for additional art or TV wall decor.

This simple yet bold approach to TV wall design adds personality to the whole space and saves you the headache of hanging any other art or shelves on the wall. The simple black and white wallpaper above compliments the TV and console, creating a cohesive look.

This is perfect for…

All spaces and styles of homes, since wallpaper comes in all sorts of prints, patterns, and color schemes. And you don’t have to skip this if you’re in a rental! Just use peel-and-stick wallpaper, or hang a large wall mural behind your TV for a similar effect.

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Design Solutions: How to Design a Bedroom with a TV

What is it about watching TV in bed that feels so much more relaxing than watching it from a sofa in the living room? But designing a bedroom with a TV in it can be tricky. There’s so much to consider! You don’t want the TV to be the focal point of your bedroom or become an eyesore. And then there are the limitations of where to put a TV, how to make it work with the layout and architecture of your space, and finally how to make it actually look nice.

You may have thought through living room TV viewing layouts, but how do you approach this in a bedroom?? Well, here’s the good news: you don’t have to choose between a bedroom that looks nice and one that allows you to binge-watch your favorite shows. In fact, we’ve pulled together some of our best bedroom design ideas for incorporating a TV into your bedroom. Ready on for our best tips and tricks on designing a bedroom with a TV.

Step 1: Consider Your Layout

When designing a bedroom with a TV, start by thinking about the placement of your TV and how it will fit into the overall layout of your space.

Option 1: Place The TV Straight Across From Your Bed

A simple and straightforward solution is to place your television directly across from your bed. This makes for easy viewing and good site lines. And you could mount it above or set it on top of your dresser or another low-profile piece of furniture.

This is a good option for spaces that are smaller, as you don’t want your TV to be too far away from your bed. And, of course, it’s perfect for those who want a direct and unobstructed view of the TV.

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Option 2: Arrange The TV Perpendicular To Your Bed

Not all bedrooms can accommodate a TV being directly across from the end of your bed—whether it’s because your room has a lot of windows or not a lot of available wall space. In these cases, we’d suggest placing your television perpendicular to your bed.

This is a good option for those who like having the TV on in the background—like having the news on as you get ready—or aren’t necessarily always watching it from bed. But it’s not at such a weird angle that you couldn’t enjoy watching a show while actually laying in bed. As a bonus, this TV placement helps keep it from becoming the focal point of the space.

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Option 3: Tuck Your TV In A Nook

One other layout option? Tucking your bedroom TV in a nook. Perhaps you have a unique (read: challenging) architectural detail that you don’t know what else to do with. Put a TV in it! Or you may even be compelled to create a nook by taking the doors off a closet and turning it into a multifunctional space! Either way, placing a TV in a nook allows you to create a cute little set-up for your TV and also gives you the option to hang curtains, so you can hide it when it’s not in use!

This creates a functional and stylish TV space that also leaves you some room for storage. And the best part is, everything isn’t out in the open but is hidden away in a wall inlet. This is great for small apartments or awkwardly shaped spaces that don’t have room for a TV within the room itself. Depending on the placement of the nook, you may be able to see the television from your bed. But if not, you may want to consider creating a small sitting area outside the nook!

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Step 2: Styling Around Your Bedroom TV

Once you figure out where to place your TV within your room’s layout, you then have to figure out how to style the wall behind your tv.

Idea 1: Hang Your TV Over Your Dresser

Hanging a TV over your dresser is great for bedrooms that need multifunctional capabilities. By incorporating the TV into your dressing area, you get entertainment and practicality in one. Just make sure you hang the TV enough above the dresser where decorative objects won’t obstruct the view of the television—or, as we did in the room above, place taller objects or plants off to the side.

This is a great option for compact spaces and for those who want an unobstructed view of their TV.

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Idea 2: Hide Your TV In a Cabinet

Don’t want to look at your bedroom TV when you aren’t watching it? Tuck it away in an armoire or TV cabinet! This creates a clean look with the appearance of not having electronics in the bedroom. We love the idea of pairing a cabinet with a seating area. This not only gives you a space for conversation or reading when not watching the TV, but also gives you the option of watching the TV from this seating area rather than just from your bed.

This is a good option for large bedrooms. A cabinet like this is also a larger piece of furniture, so you’ll want to make sure you have the square footage to accommodate this type of piece.

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Idea 3: Incorporate Your TV In A Mixed Media Gallery Wall

If you really don’t want your bedroom TV to stand out, disguise it by incorporating it into a mixed media gallery wall. In the room above, we hung the TV along with an art print and a mirror for a dynamic and artistic arrangement. To anchor the arrangement, hang your gallery wall over a cabinet, dresser, or bench.

This is great for eclectic spaces, as this is more of an off-beat arrangement. But it’s also perfect for small spaces where you have limited space for wall hangings and you want to fit the practicality of a mirror, the entertainment value of a TV, and the delight of artwork all in one compact space!

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Idea 4: Hang Your TV Above Your Desk

For those who are already squeezing a home office into their bedroom, adding one more function might seem impossible. But don’t worry—you don’t have to forego a bedroom TV just because space is tight! Simply hang your TV above your desk (which you can then also use as a media cabinet). Have a large monitor rather than a laptop? Use that as your TV instead! Or connect your TV to your laptop for a large-format second screen.

We love this option for people who have a small space or studio apartment and work from home but still want to unwind with a favorite show at the end of the night. This option doesn’t take up extra space, and by opting for the layout above, you get a straight-on, unobstructed view of your TV while laying in bed.

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Idea 5: Place Your TV In A Wall Cabinet

If you like the idea of hiding your TV when it’s not in use but you don’t have space for a large armoire, consider placing your TV inside a cabinet on the wall. As you can see in the room above, a cabinet looks merely decorative, but it opens up to reveal your TV! This gives you a clean, polished look, free of wires or a media stand. And it’s a versatile option, as it can be placed anywhere in the space where you can anchor it to the wall!

This is another great solution for those who don’t want to see electronics. Just remember—hanging a cabinet is a more permanent solution, as you have to mount it to the wall with your TV inside of it. So, this isn’t the best option for those who like to rearrange on a regular basis!

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Layout Guide: 1 Long and Narrow Room, 2 Comfy Solutions

Often the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. From the square-shaped to the narrow to the just plain awkward, this is your one-stop shop for layout ideas that work.

long and narrow room

If you’ve got a long and narrow room, you might feel like you’re stuck with only one layout option. And while it’s true that awkward spaces leave you with fewer design options, you’re far from out of luck! With a little planning, narrow spaces can have huge potential. This week see how we tackle a narrow family den with two clever and comfy layout ideas.

Long and Narrow TV Room

The Homeowners: A couple and their 9-month-old baby and family dog.

The Space: A 7×15 foot den that’s long and narrow with two walls of windows. It’s right off the entry, so it’s open on one side to the rest of the home.

The Challenge: Turning the long and narrow room into a comfortable and functional TV den that includes lots of seating and is kid- and pet-friendly. The catch: The TV only fits on one wall.

long and narrow roomIdea #1: The Tucked-Away TV Layout

If you don’t want Netflix binging to be the only thing you do in the space, use the long and narrow room to your advantage. Don’t stress about making the TV the focal point. Instead, create a space that’s perfect for reading, snuggling, and relaxing.

No one can say no to a large and comfy sectional, right? This one fits the long and narrow space to a T, giving the you extra seating galore!

If you enjoy winding down with a good book, glass of wine, or your favorite TV show, try this layout on in your space!

long and narrow room

Why It Works:

  • The sectional perfectly fits the dimensions of the room, giving it an extra-cozy feel.
  • Instead of a coffee table, two poufs serve double-duty as footrests and extra seating.
  • There’s room to tuck in small side tables, which make up for the missing coffee table.
  • Tucking the huge credenza under the TV makes for a kid-friendly space packed with storage!

long and narrow roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a family room that’s comfortable and doesn’t feel stuffy.
  • Like to spend time catching up on your favorite TV shows, but don’t want to make it too easy to fall into a day-long binge session.
  • Like to host casual game nights for a big crowd.

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long and narrow roomIdea #2: The TV Viewing Layout

If you want a space that’s the real TV-viewing deal, face your sofa towards the TV. Because the room is so narrow, we swapped the sectional for a petite sofa that fits opposite the TV.

This swap turns our long and narrow room into a spacious gathering space. It’s great for watching TV and movies as well as hosting game nights or drinks for friends. There’s also a lot of flexibility to move furnishings around or bring in a few extra chairs.

long and narrow roomWhy It Works:

  • Tucking away the sofa keeps the space feeling open and airy.
  • The TV and the sofa make direct eye contact, which is the optimal layout for watching movies.
  • A round coffee table with hidden storage is both functional and kid-friendly.
  • The poufs make comfy footrests, but can also serve as places to put down a drink.

long and narrow roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a layout that’s flexible —practice yoga, curl up with a book, and host friends for drinks all in this space.
  • Enjoy entertaining small and large groups and need room for people to move around.
  • Need a kid-friendly space with storage for all their toys.
  • Don’t want to get a neck cramp while watching your favorite Tv shows!

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