One of the most awkward spots to fill on the wall is the space above the television. It’s usually just enough space that it clearly needs something, but not enough that you can just put anything. Plus, you don’t want to put something up that ends up being distracting. It’s a fine line, but here is that you can hang above the television.
Installing art above your TV is always going to be your best bet. Just make sure it’s something personal and you do in fact love it. Don’t add it so that it takes up space, because it will always look like exactly that. A space filler.
Try to break it up a bit by getting 2 or 3 smaller pieces to go above your one large TV screen. Avoid getting something that is of similar size and shape, as this is just dull and looks clunky. Remember, variety is key.
This is wonderful to do when you have a television that is wall mounted. It’s also great because it ends up making the television less of an eye sore. When you are going with a gallery wall, think of your TV as frame that you are working around. You start with the television going in the spot you desire the most, and then adding to it to create one beautiful gallery wall.
This is my preferred method when your tv is not meant to be something used often. Otherwise, I do believe it can be al little distracting while you’re watching TV. So do keep this in mind as you are planning out the layout. Also, it doesn’t work well with a tv that is sitting on a media center. Otherwise it just looks like a tv sitting in front of a gallery wall, instead of being part of it.
Hang Something From the Ceiling
I think this is best when you are working with a corner. It ultimately helps define the corner space as something special to look at and unique. If you just go ahead and hang something randomly from the ceiling on a long flat wall, it looks slightly off and doesn’t have the same desired effect.
Try hanging planters, lanterns, or really unique sculptures. Make it something that appeals to you and has a more organic shape. This way it’s actually going to be something that you love looking at.
If you’re left with a long space above your tv, hanging a textile is ideal. This way you can add something bright and fun. Because this is such a different type of piece from the tv below, it’s a great way to break up the space.
If you have trouble finding the right type of textile, you can look for a few different things. Try rugs, some macrame, a tapestry, or any other soft element that you think you’d enjoy up on your walls. In the end, that’s all that matters. That you actually enjoy it.
Shelf Above TV
If you’re looking for variety, this is usually a good way to go. By installing a simple shelf above your TV, you’re suddenly allowing for multiple elements to be on display at once. You can actually show off framed prints, vases filled with beautiful flowers, sculptures, or whatever your little heart desires.
Be sure to make sure you allow for differences in heights, textures, and colors. Break up your shelves and style them with lovely little trinkets you own. These are the piece your guests should ooh and aw over because they will probably see these more often than anything else.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a Los Angeles interior decorator and stylist. She primarily writes for the content on Rhiannon’s Interiors.