Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The big black box...

I get asked this question frequently: How do you decorate the wall and fill in the space around a media console? This can be tricky...I don't think the TV should be the focal point of the room. I like the idea of creating symmetry so the room feels balanced and your eye is drawn to other pieces rather than just the big black box.

My friend had me come over to her house to give her suggestions on what to do with this long wall with vaulted ceilings. First, I suggested that she get a media console with at least a 72" width. This would be a good storage solution and help use up some of the wall space.

Adding texture and dimension through either wallpaper or wall paneling would make things interesting. Since the wall is on an angle, I suggested going from the floor up with wallpaper or wall paneling and stopping at the lowest point where the wall meets the ceiling and making a straight horizontal line from that point going across. I would cap off the wallpaper or paneling up top with molding that is the same width as the floor molding.

If I were to go the wallpaper route, I would go with a light neutral tone with a simple design, grass cloth would be a beautiful option as well. If I were to go with the wall paneling, I would probably suggest a simple ship lap pattern.

I am no pro at maneuvering my way around olioboard to create moodboard's there is a lot I still need to figure out. Here are a few options I came up with.


Tip: I think it works to arrange seating and furniture pieces on the same side of the TV console even if your couch is facing the TV. This allows the console not to be the focal point and is a good way to integrate and at the same time ignore the giant black box.
If built-ins are not in the budget, I like the idea of using floating shelves filled with art, books and pretty accessories. This helps to add interest to the wall, create symmetry and divert some of the attention away from the TV.

Do you have any design ideas or suggestions for this common problem?

9 comments:

Terri Frandsen said...

That was such an informative post! Thank you for the tips!

Allie & Chris said...

Board and batted i think would be a great idea. I know you've probably been seeing it everywhere, but i love it in big spaces, and it looks easy to do on a budget! good luck!

Jessie said...

All great suggestions, I would do the same as well to combat the TV eyesore.

Have a lovely day, Staci.

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

AaReAn said...

Hm...I love the idea of doing that diagonal wall more colorful...perhaps with a fun but classic wallpaper?! Built ins (if you can add it into the budget) are ALWAYS a great choice simply b/c it looks clean and adds value to the home (the only reason I know this is b/c we just did it haha)

good luck and look forward to seeing the final design!

xoxo
Aarean

colorissue.blogspot.com

jamie @ [kreyv] said...

Great suggestions, and I agree...tvs should not be the focal point. I wish I could find an armoire big enough for ours and cover it up! Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday, and your house is beautiful!

Holly said...

I'm helping a friend with a similar problem (the big TV) but their probelm is that their room is long and narrow. I like your idea of having seating next to the media cabinet (by the way I've been loving that CB media cabinet in your second board - love it!). And you did a nice job with those boards. I've been working Olioboard for a while and just starting to get pretty comfortable with it, but still a lot of things I need to figure out. I also see that they have a fireplace in this room, so maybe they could try to make that the WOW factor in this room (depending upon the set-up and everything).

Collette Osuna said...

Im totally with you about the TV....I try to hide it in every room, lol.
How funny, I just posted about OlioBoard last night on my blog.

SO nice to meet you...new follower:)

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Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

These are some great ideas! I agree it is hard to fill the space around the big black box with your it being overwhelming busy! The wallpaper idea is perfect!

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