I’ve always resisted the idea of putting a TV above a mantel. But when we moved into our current home that was the only place it could go in our living room layout!
Since this television displays art when not in use, it changes everything about decorating around a TV. But, even if you don’t have a Frame TV, you’ll find lots of inspiration here.
And you’ll learn how to decorate your mantel around any big old television! More ideas for decorating your living room include choosing and styling sofa pillows, decorating end tables and styling a console table 4 ways.
Navigate this post by using the drop down Table of Contents below; and don’t forget to pin this for later! The taller side decor can be symmetrical or asymmetrical, but it doesn’t need to be overdone. A simple lantern, vase or greenery will work just fine! Use a battery operated light bulb or candle if you can’t hardwire it.
Then you don’t have to add much in the way of decor because your art is the focal point! I tried to simplify my mantel decor this spring when I pared it down to two chinoiserie pots and boxwood topiaries.
They let the art be the point of interest instead of overwhelming it with a bunch of decor. Lauren from Blesser House decorated her mantel with pumpkins, magnolia leaves, and lanterns, making it look very pretty!
The beautiful greenery adds a natural element to an otherwise harsh space.
So now, when it’s time to pull out my Christmas decorations, I hang my garland in front of the mantel. I filled in the corners of the mantel with glass fair isle trees, books and brass candlesticks. These add some decorative interest without blocking the view for anyone who wants to watch TV.
Lamps provide a great back-lit glow in the evening. Take the focus off of the TV with a beautiful wall treatment.
Use bricks, shiplap or wall moulding to create beauty around the television.
The following fireplace has gorgeous trim that envelopes the TV mantel decor and creates a beautiful focal point! Use something like barn doors, a removable piece of art or a screen to hide it when not in use. Surround the TV with framed art and photos to create a gallery wall effect.
This will make the big black box less noticeable and draw your eye to other parts of the wall! This is a great way to create a gallery wall around a TV! So, even if you don’t have a mantel, you can still create a beautiful display.
Don’t buy a TV larger than three-fourths (3/4) the width if your mantel.
Preferably the TV shouldn’t be wider than two-thirds the width of the mantel.