A Public Service Announcement on Behalf TVs Everywhere

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So you want your husband to have that wonderful, big TV, really, you are okay with it, it’s fun to watch movies on a bigger TV and you want him to be happy. So he gets his TV and hangs it really high on the wall where it’s not close to anything else–no furniture to be friends with, no surfaces to hang out around, just a lonely TV all hanging on the wall with a tail of wires hanging down.

And really, you both mean well and you were going to find a way to hide those wires one day, but now they are still there. And you look at them daily. And you just live with a bunch of wires hanging at eye level in your family room.

Everything that sits out in your house becomes a decoration–whether you like it or not.

So if you have the option to make something beautiful or ugly, why not choose beautiful? Why not take a few moments to make it pretty?

How about a trade-off?

He gets his manly TV and you get to decide what goes with the TV?

Might I make a suggestion?

How about sitting the TV on a surface? And if your TV is hanging, place a surface underneath it to help balance it out.

As you consider surfaces, be aware of scale and mass…

 

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A big television is a solid black rectangle, so pairing it with an open framed table might feel unsettling and like something is off. I want all TVs to feel safe and secure and like they aren’t on the verge of crashing through a dainty table or falling forward into the room–even if the TV is truly secure, pairing it with a thin table with an open bottom sometimes just doesn’t feel like a good match. It might make a room feel awkward–like something isn’t quite right.

Consider a similarly hefty friend for your TV. A nice chunky piece of furniture that can balance the perceived mass and scale of the TV is a great match. A rule of thumb is that an item over a piece of furniture feels most balanced when it’s about 2/3rd the size of what it’s hanging over. No need to measure, just get a feel of it.

Don’t feel like I’m telling you that now you need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a new surface for your TV, shop the house, it’s yard sale season, look on craigslist–

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Our TV is still very happy with his friend, the $18 yard sale dresser that I painted white. It’s not about spending a bunch of money, sometimes we just need to let ourselves pay attention to balance in our spaces.

This post was adapted from The Cozy Minimalist Course which is now available as a self study version!! See more before and afters here.

 

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  1. I will keep this advice in mind when we move into our next house. We currently have a big white dresser under our wall-mounted tv, and I love the scale of it. But my husband has called dibs on decorating the family room in our new house, so it might be a little girly for his taste.

  2. Your TV is adorable!!!!! LOVE!!!! I hope you’re enjoying your Cozy Minimalist course and I hope I can join in next time :D

  3. Let’s say I have two tiny humans in my home and the tv just isn’t safe sitting on the dresser, lest it be pulled over or whacked with a toy. So I’ve mounted it to the wall above the dresser. Now what do I do with all the hideous cords and wires hanging down?!

  4. I like your setup. In our house it is just us two adults and we do not watch much tv. The kitchen tv is the only tv that is visible – I have it on while cooking and we will have the morning news on, etc. The other tvs are hidden in armoires which also offer some extra storage. I don’t like looking at that big black rectangle so we chose to hide them.

  5. I was just thinking about how to cover wires this morning! Our tv sits on a thrifted faux
    fireplace.Any ideas on covering the contraptions underneath? We have vcr, dvd players and the “essential”speakers.

  6. You got a steal with that dresser. I love how fresh and modern it looks with the white paint. P.S. Totally loving your chairs too, haha.

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  7. Just love it! Hilarious, and so true.

  8. I love the way I have our TV (only 40″, that’s enuf!) on a dedicated cabinet, similar to yours. I have art on the wall flanking the TV. I’m happy the way I have decorated around our television and it’s more of a lovely item to my husband than myself LOL.

  9. Thank you, Nester! This is a very helpful post and I love the graphics. Now, please tell me what to do with the large tv cubby that is built in above our mantel. Our living room is on the small side and so I feel like we are looking straight up… if I get a flat screen and hang it up on a wall, what could I do with the big alcove with sliding wooden doors? HELP!! I would love for you to talk about this type of situation at some point in the future.

    • hi, I hope you don’t mind me weighing in on this but do you have sliding barn doors over the mantel and above the fireplace? That sounds lovely and once you remove the tv, no one has to know that nothing’s behind those doors, right? Sanus has a tv mounting system, all complete – including stud finder and including this thingy that goes over hanging wires that you can paint to match your walls too, FYI. Sincerely ,Mary Beth

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi Jen, we had our “TV hole” dry walled over. Problem solved!

  10. Thank you! Our TV is currently (and has been for the 9 years of our marriage) sitting on an ugly sofa end table turned sideways that has never been the right scale (read: WAY too small despite being just big enough for everything to be secure and not fall over). It was, however, the right price…FREE. I hate it. And I hate all the wires everywhere. My husband is a little OCD about having things look tidy, except when it comes to the jumbled mass of TV wires on the floor behind our tiny end table/media stand. So, I trolled craigslist for.ever. and found a dresser that I LOVE! I’ve been in the process of refinishing it for months now and am so close to being done I can taste it. I can’t wait to have a large friend for our large TV to hang out with. Yay for cheap options, even if they do require a little work and, in my case, a lot of patience to finally finish. It will be worth it!

  11. Oh my gooness, this is SO TRUE and SO HILARIOUS! I’ve been battling with my family over the electric babysitter, too. It’s in our already cramped, main living space and it is big. I want it to disappear. We have open space from the TV room into the kitchen, so my kids want to hang out, watch TV, and place orders for food. It drives me mad. I think our solution will be to move it to our attic playroom. That solves a few of the problems. Just need to get my man on board! And gosh, the wires are crazy-town!

  12. goodness

  13. I love this post as I have antiques so I struggled with placement. I have my small flat screen on a 1930 marble top round table that is hand painted. I love the way it looks and just added some shells and a candle. It’s the perfect blending of modern and antique. I do hate the cords and am looking for cord holders as we speak. My nemesis is it has to be dusted daily.

  14. Oh, man, you are brilliant. Once again. Okay, this is my spring project. Searching for a sturdy and makeover-able something for my TV to sit on… garage sales, here I come. Mwah!

  15. France normandeau says:

    Hello! Love your blog!!!! I would like to know where you purchased the fish above the TV. I need one DESPERATELY!!!!!! ;-)

  16. Michelle King says:

    We moved into our very first house last August and there were several sturdy pieces that were left behind. We used one for this very same use – as the home for our TV. Now that it is springtime, I plan to paint it to give it a facelift and fit more with our style and space. We are thinking about taking out the 2 top drawers, placing a plank in there and putting the DVD player and cable box inside (with holes out the back for the wires). Then the other drawers will corral all our DVDs for the kids. I am the same way – do not want wires showing anywhere! The bonus of experimenting with paint colors and such – we got this piece for free, so I won’t be as worried about “ruining” it :)

  17. I gave up on all my wires– I bought an old man linen shirt at the thrift shop, cut off the arm, and fed the wires through it. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, right?! haha. Love the dresser idea!

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