Figuring out mantel decor with a TV included is a challenge for so many TV loving Americans! What to do- leave your mantel empty and let the TV be the focus? Fill it up with all the things? 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!
Mantel Decor With A TV – 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? 😉 I am 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.
Let’s start off with some tips, and then I will show you the process I used today.
How To Figure Out Mantel Decor With A TV:
- Pick just two or three colors for an intentional, curated look.
- Focus on the scale. Don’t use objects so big they compete with the TV! At the same time, stay away from small items- they just look like clutter. Stick to nice medium sized decor options.
- Place low objects in the middle, taller objects on the ends.
- Keep it simple! You’ve already got the big black box- no need to fill the mantel up with all the tchotchkes.
- Greenery always looks nice under the dark TV.
- If your TV sits on a long empty wall with nothing on either side, the answer is sconces! Yes, yes! Almost always a GREAT idea! They are a space filler and will save you from feeling like you have to decorate the entire wall. If you use the plug in kind, this can be one of your DIY projects. Just hide the cords. (And please, please always hide your TV cords!)
You can see I kept it simple with candles and driftwood only all summer.
Because it is Fall, we are going to style the mantel using pumpkins only! I wanted more interest than just 2 items. I picked pumpkins as my theme, and stuck to green and white as my colors.
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.
Get The Look:
I kept the color palette simple. I didn’t put any orange pumpkins on the mantel. The simple color palate kept the mantel looking clean and uncluttered. I put the orange pumpkins below.
(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:
Check out all this inspiration! Here are some stunning ways other people were able to decorate around a TV.
via DIY Playbook
Minimal decor – just an item with some hight on the sides.
via JL Galvin
While not a mantel, I love the idea of keeping the table free of clutter, while adding art around the TV to beautify the space.
via Summer Adams
Love how she created height on each end!
Paneling and trim work always works, and adds interest so you don’t necessarily need knick knacks!
See those sconces on either side? 😉
Via Thrifty Decor Chic – love the black shiplap and sconces!
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.
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I hope this helped you figure out your mantel decor with your TV! We love watching our TV together on weekends as a family, and of course all the big basketball games during March madness. As important as it is for me to have my home look nice, I also love having our TV down here and it is necessary that I figure out how to make it work together!