Can you hang art above the TV?

In many living rooms and family rooms, the TV has come to replace the fireplace as the focal point, yet at the same time, we don't want it to be the star of the show, especially during the day when the TV is turned off. Hanging art above and around the TV can soften the overall aesthetic and make your home look more expensive. Here's how to do it, and mistakes to avoid.

It's your home, your rules, and if you choose to arrange artwork above the TV, art curator and interior designer Alex Bass says the key is to choose art that isn't too visually stimulating. She also advises choosing fairly minimalist frames. 'I have so much art that I had to find creative ways to display it all in my apartment, so I did have to create a moment around my TV,' she begins. 'I recommend something that will not distract your eye too much. I opted for framed black and white photographs.' Alex Bass recommends asking for help from someone with experience designing a gallery wall so that you end up with an arrangement that frames your TV in an aesthetically pleasing way.

'Don't be afraid of creating a gallery wall,' she continues. 'It can be challenging but very rewarding. Don't be afraid that things won't go together if they're different styles or time periods. Play with the framing and lay it out on your floor first.'

Ask yourself why you are considering putting artwork above the TV: if you want to make a wall-mounted TV less of a focal point, consider arranging frames on either side to make a triptych. Surrounding the screen with artwork definitely makes the TV feel more integrated into your space.

You could try adding a shelf above the TV so that you can easily swap out artwork and decor pieces as you so wish. Personally, I’d avoid placing one piece of art above the TV but opt for an odd number instead. And step back and consider if things are looking too "busy" – after all, we turn on the TV to relax and switch off,' Zara says.


'Why not? If you have a large wall behind your TV, it can look pretty boring and empty without some art,' says Jacky Chou. 'You can either choose one large piece of art that covers most of the wall or several smaller pieces to create visual intrigue. The key is to choose art that complements the color and style of your TV and that doesn't distract from the screen. You can also use mirrors, shelves, plants, or other decorative items to fill in the gaps and add some texture and dimension.'

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