How to decorate your mantel with a TV above it is a challenge for so many peeps! What to do- leave your mantel empty? Fill it up with stuff? I am showing you how to style a mantel with a big old honkin TV above it – because with a little effort you can pull it off!
Decorate A Mantel With A TV Above It- It Totally Can Be Done & Still Look Great!!
We custom built this house, and I had major anxiety over having the opportunity to not put a TV above our mantel, but still making the decision to purposely plan the layout this way! We considered briefly the idea of carving out a space for the television next to the fireplace, but I wanted windows. While I don’t particularly love that our TV is the first thing seen in the living room, I am okay with it. In the end, I really enjoy having our television in this room where our family gathers! I mean, a big ol’ TV is the American way, am I right? 😉 Only kind of kidding.
Maybe one day we will have the Frame TV and this won’t be an issue. A girl can dream. And bug her husband! But for now, I made peace with this placement and I am showing y’all the process of how I decorate my mantel with the TV above it.
You can see in my “before” picture I kept it simple with candles and driftwood only.
Because it is Fall, we are going to style the mantel using pumpkins only!
Put some height on either side of your TV! I stacked pumpkins up on either side in 2 piles, then adjusted them until they didn’t look too intentional.
I filled in the spaces between the pumpkins with greens. Ideally I would have used real or this faux eucalyptus – I SWEAR by these faux stems! Hearth and Hand makes them and they are the best for little decor projects like this, and for all seasons! Mine were tied up in another project, so I just pulled these other stems out of a vase.
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace with no TV on top, greater creative freedom can be taken. Adding all sorts of objects for interest would look great. But since I am styling a mantel with a TV above it, I kept the color palette simple. I didn’t put any orange pumpkins at the top. I wanted it looking clean and uncluttered.
(One of the fat warty pumpkins was also LEAKING during our photo shoot, and leaked pumpkin goo all over my navy dress. Uhh, gross. So, there was an outfit change at some point.)
Get This Look:
And If You’re Still Struggling
The mantel is the perfect place for faux greens like topiaries. Two topiaries on either end is not only an easy solution, but you really can’t do it wrong! It just looks good every time. Only have small greens? Put lower topiaries in the middle, or grouped in a box.
My Thoughts I Took From This Experience….
- Keep it simple! You’ve already got the big black box- no need to fill the mantel up with tchotchkes.
- Pick just two or three colors.
- Don’t use objects so big they compete with the TV, and small items just look like clutter. Stick to nice medium sized decor options.
- Greenery always looks nice under the dark TV.
- Place low objects in the middle, taller objects on the ends.
- Sconces! Yes, yes! Almost always a GREAT idea! If your TV sits on a long empty wall, they can be a space filler. Just hide the cords. (And please, please hide your TV cords!)
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