After one year and nine months, I can finally reveal our TV wall. One would think that a TV area is pretty easy to set up – TV? Check! TV stand? Check! Enough plugs for all the cables? Done!
As I mentioned in my TV wall inspiration post, I didn’t want this area of our living room to feel like an ugly after-thought, so I went down the gallery wall way to ‘camouflage’ the TV among prettier things. That is why it took so long to set up, sourcing the right wall art pieces takes time! It is all about balance, layout, orientation and numbers, but we got there!
Let’s start with the main item – the TV. We went for a 50inch Panasonic TV. Even though it is big it looks a little bit ‘lighter’ thanks to the easel-like frame and the metallic colour.
The TV stand is from Ikea, and to be completely honest it was not my preferred choice, but it was the most neutral unit we could find that could fit in that space.
On the left of the TV unit, I have a tan Moroccan pouffe (or ‘pouf’ in French) which I got from Amazon. A tip if you get leather goods from Morocco, they usually stink at the beginning, so cover them with bicarbonate of soda and leave them in a plastic bag for a week. A hint of the nasty smells will still be there but it won’t stink the room.
Next to it, on the TV unit, I have a copper light my parents got me for Christmas. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English website selling it but you can find this Nara table lamp on a French site that ships worldwide. Above the lamp is a beautiful print by Elisabeth Fredriksson. I mentioned it in my interior Christmas gift guide and my sister got it for me on Juniqe (thanks, sis!).
Above the TV is where the real show is happening! From left to right and from the bottom up we have:
- A print by Amber Textiles – it looks like Buffer (yes, this is my cat’s name) and I so we bought it!
- A print my parents got me in Japan
- A print of ‘A bigger splash‘ by David Hockney
- A tea towel with cats we bought in Japan and got framed – all it takes is a little bit of imagination sometimes
- A print by Anne Garney – an artist I met when living in Kansas City (yes, I did live in Missouri for 18 months)
- Two flyers from the Victoria and Albert Museum that I simply framed
- An ink drawing by my brother
Then moving to the right, the gallery wall extends across two walls. I wasn’t too sure about that at the beginning, but I have no regrets, it was necessary to balance the area nicely and it didn’t make it more difficult to plan.
On that little wall section I have:
- A “Bouncing Rabbit‘ print by HAM in an Amazon frame
- A painting from a Sri Lankan artist my parents got me in an Ikea frame
On the right of the TV stand, I have our little indoor garden with two succulents and a vase. The terrarium is from Oliver Bonas and the vase from a Debenhams old collection.
Finally, I have piled up all my interior books at the bottom of the unit, in a desperate attempt to hide its ugly feet and the cable mess at the back. I really like the effect it created!
So what do you think? Was my idea of surrounding our TV with pretty things a good one or does it make it stand out even more?