Design Dilemmas: The wall behind the flat screen TV

Dear Readers, figuring out what to hang on the wall behind, above and around flat screen TV’s has always vexed me. Currently, I have three Chinese screens, which I bought several years ago at the now shuttered Bucktown store Wow and Zen. I like them well enough, but my aesthetic has continued to evolve, and frankly, I’m bored of them. What’s stopping me from changing them? Inertia and lack of imagination. Advising other people how to resolve their design dilemmas seems so much easier than solving my own. I’d love to do something really interesting and over-the-top (or at least something). Any ideas? Sincerely, Confused in Chicago.

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5 Responses to “Design Dilemmas: The wall behind the flat screen TV”

  1. The space between the top of the tv stand and the bottom of the zenith screens seems a bit large. I would suggest lowering the screens about six inches and increasing the space between each screen. Do you have a picture that showcases the entire wall?

  2. I’ve actually thought a lot about this myself since I’m thinking of redesigning the living room. I’ve collected some images for inspiration. Maybe they can be helpful:

  3. Thanks Maria! I’d love to see your redesigned living room. Send over some photos when you finish!

  4. Hi, Tate, here’s my tip. Get an exact duplicate of your floor lamp seen on the left side of the photo, and then “frame” the screen with 8X10 black and white photos in matte black frames down each side and across the top of the flat screen. The TV screen will seem like part of the artwork when it’s off, and you can move the photos around to keep boredom at bay. You will need up to 8 photos at a maximum. What do you think? Inexpensive and very chic, say I.

  5. I am baffled by the same problem. I have my flat screen hanging on an 18 foot wall, so all that wall up above it just looks bare. I have a stacked rock fireplace on the adjacent wall from it so I’m thinking about purchasing some old barn wood, attaching a few pieces together and whitewashing and inspirational adage on it and maybe attach some old architectural details to it. I thought this would capitalize on the rusticness of the fireplace. I would appreciate any thoughts.