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Schoolhouse Style Decor

Only days till Christmas.

Are you still hustlin’ + bustlin’ with shopping + preparations for the big day?

Amidst the Christmas Craze, I wanted to share that I have a new post up on about Decorating with Schoolhouse Style.

It’s never too cool to bring classroom style + decor into the home. From industrial-style lights + school lockers, to vintage maps + globes, decorating with schoolhouse decor brings back the nostalgia of the younger years.

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Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV

Another Monday here again!  I hope you had a great weekend.  It was fairly low key on my end, but as a family we enjoyed the beginning signs of Fall, with the brisk chill in the air, by taking a family bike ride + watching football.  I also got the opportunity to shop for some colorful mums to transition the front porch, as well as the mantel.  Both are still in progress, but are coming along.  I’m waiting for some small pumpkins & ghords to arrive at the local stores – upon asking, it seems like it might be another week or 2.

Onto today’s blog topic… The TV and what to do with the wall behind it.

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COM

I often get emails from readers asking design-related questions and most of them I return with a few short sentences in hopes to point them in the right direction.  If they need more help, we usually end up working together through my E-Design ProgramBUT, last week I received a question that I KNOW alot of homeowners struggle with, so I thought it would be best to put a blog post together to assist and inspire more than one reader.

This email is from Christina:

I was hoping you can direct me with a huge dilemma. We have a tv hanging on the wall in our family room. Which I can’t stand. I prefer an armoir or built in. Any how hubby wanted modern tv on wall so I compromised. I have no idea what to do with all the extra space on either side of the wall. My style I would say is old world, electic, traditional. Could you please offer suggestions. I’m also confused if both sides need the same exact item hanging on the wall. Could I do a decorative mirror on one side and a collage of artwork on the other. Do I hang distressed wooden panels on either side or tapestry…….help. This space kills me. I can’t stand the TV on the wall.its so cold. Thank you for any guidance you can offer.

Is this a topic you’ve often struggled with as well?   If so, I have some great ideas + solutions.

Most homeowners have flat screen TVs that are only inches deep (I’m excluded from this bunch – we still have a big ole’ cumbersome TV in the living room).  The minimal depth of these televisions allows for it to be functionally integrated without overwhelming the space.  If designed right, the artwork, pictures, paintings, and/or wall decor that surrounds the TV on the wall can become just as important, or more important, than the TV.  In turn, the TV ends up not being the dominant focal point of the room.  It still functions the same, but doesn’t overtake.

Let’s dive into some design solutions…

Gallery walls are in.  Gone are the days of 1 or 2 pictures on a huge wall.  The size and number of pictures on a wall should be proportional with the wall height and width.  The wall that is chosen for the TV is often the largest and/or longest in the space, so it should be filled.

One idea is to create an asymmetrical gallery wall, which is probably the easiest because there is no right or wrong.  It allows for growth and it allows to incorporate what is most meaningful for you.

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMThis TV gallery wall is surrounded by pictures and images in an array of sizes and frame finishes, which the eye is drawn to instead of the TV. via One Kings Lane

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMFramed by two windows, this TV gallery wall is a great solution for incorporating a TV into a living room space.  A mix of black and white artwork in black or white frames, are set behind the TV which is atop of a white dresser.  via Emily Clark

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMAnother idea for a TV wall is this eclectic asymmetrical composition that displays collected art and a vintage lamp along with the wall-mounted TV.  Incorporating an element larger than the TV steers the eye away from the “black-hole” and instead allows it to focus on the other elements – the lamp + artwork.

Another idea to take away – Because many of the other elements on the wall are black, your eye is tricked into not focusing on the TV. From the black lampshade to the black frames (some with black matting) to the black and white artwork + photos, so the TV actually looks like another piece of dimensional art. via The Hunted Interior

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMSlightly different than the above examples, this TV gallery wall is fairly symmetrical.  The wall-mounted TV is centered on the console and the pictures / artwork are “bookmatched” on each side (for the most part).  Other interesting elements, like the animal horns, surround the black and white frames and bring an added dimension to the wall.

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMCompletely different than the examples above, this TV is wall-mounted and is surrounded by perfectly symmetrical black and white pictures in black frames. It truly is an art gallery.  This wall created by Brooklyn Limestone shows all the steps of how she created it, plus a video on the progress.  It is definitely one to watch.

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMNo matter the size or configuration of a space, a TV can always (well 99% of time) somehow be incorporated.  In this narrow living room, the TV is set off to the side and sits on top of a dresser / console table.  It’s tucked out of the way, not making it the focal point.  Above is a picture that is even larger than the TV, which draws the eye up instead of at the black box. via La Dolce Vita

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMThe space around the TV doesn’t have to be only for pictures, but displaying other wall decor, like shutters, mirrors, or general wall art, is a great opportunity to create an interesting and unusual composition. via Southern Hospitality

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMGoing the minimal direction, the television in this space sits on top of a black lacquered console table and is pushed to one side allowing space for a large lamp and other accessories.  the wall space around is kept fairly bare, but interesting. via The Little Green Notebook

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMAgain, going back to a symmetrical look, the TV in this room sits on a smaller dresser and behind are two larger painting, then 2 more smaller styles on each side.  Two ghost chairs sit in front allowing for the art to speak”, yet still making an architectural statement. via Maple + Shade

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMLarger artwork behind the flat screen TV can make just as much, or even more, of an impact as smaller pictures / photos. via Apartment Therapy

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMAnother great TV gallery wall designed by Kristin of The Hunted Interior, showcases the television set off to the side with framed black and white photos around.  A large white lamp with black shade sits forward of the TV allowing it to be the focal point.

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COMAn asymmetrical gallery of black and white photos surround this TV  mounted on the wall.  To the sides sit two large floor lamps bringing height to the space. via HGTV

How to Create a TV Gallery Wall in your Home

So how can you incorporate these ideas into your own home?  It takes time, planning, and a layout.  Gallery walls don’t come together as easy or as quickly as hanging a simple picture on the wall.  BUT, a gallery wall can make a huge impact that will be far worth a single photo.

When the DIYer over at Tasty n’ Chic took on the endeavour of a new gallery wall, she created several plans and layouts before deciding on what worked best.  She used a computer program to create the ideal layout, but you can also use craft paper or wrapping paper (outline the sizes of your frames), or layout the frames on the floor (that’s what I do to get the exact plan).

Here is her drawing…

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COM

And then the result…

Ideas + Solutions for the Wall Behind the TV by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COM

I hope I’ve provided my reader Christina + all of you with some interesting and creative ideas + inspiration for what to do behind the TV.   I still have my humungous TV behind doors, but have had ideas and thoughts of upgrading.

If you’re looking for useful ideas and layouts to create a photo gallery wall, check out this post {click here}

Useful Ideas and Layouts to Create a Photo Gallery Wall

Good Luck with your TV wall creation!

Creating a Well Styled Table Vignette

I’ve shared my ideas and thoughts on how to create a well styled bookcase and today I’m back sharing simple, affordable, and stylish tips on how to create a beautiful table vignette (or any horizontal surface – could be a dresser, buffet, window sill, etc).  I just love the word vignette – it sounds so she-she and regal – but getting down to basics, it simply means a pulled together and balanced composition (that’s my meaning, not Webster’s, so please don’t head to your dictionary and quote me- hehe).

A well-styled table vignette is the perfect way to add warmth, interest, and unique character to your home.  Inexpensive elements can easily be introduced to create a beautiful and balance composition.  It’s really not about the value of the items you display (I have things that have cost mere pennies) , but instead how it’s put together!

Let’s get inspired (and dissect)…

To start off, this vignette atop an antique dresser is fun because of the variety of color.  I like color, but that’s my opinion.  Color isn’t always needed to achieve a well-styled vignette, but I would suggest adding in a splash here or there – a small dose is better than nothing. This composition works so well because of the layers, as well as varying heights and sized objects – 3 key elements to achieving a stylish vignette.  The overall setting is engaging and interesting because of the different textures and unique objects. Vignette via House and Home

Tip 1. Once you’ve chosen your perfect horizontal table to create a vignette, clear everything off.  When decorating ANYTHING, it’s a must to start with a blank slate.  It’s not only easy to add elements and move them around, but also to see the space in a different way – believe me, it works! I start every revamp (a room or a vignette) by clearing out and then bringing elements in.

Basically a beautiful vignette can be created on any horizontal surface, even a nightstand.  Don’t you just love this space? I sure do!  In this vignette there is a little pop of color and it goes a long way. It’s nice to make a nightstand look pretty, but I come from the school of thought that it also has to be functional.  Meshing the two isn’t difficult.  One favorite way is to use a decorative or antique bowl for holding jewelry, which can be layered on top of the book(s) you’re reading.  Of course you need lighting – again the lamp is not only functional, but also adds height to the table. Additionally, flowers bring a touch of freshness to a simple vignette. Inspirational Vignette found via Cape Code Collegiate

If you’ve noticed, there is a common theme with each of the three above pictures, and it’s my 3 key elements again – layers, varying heights, and varying sized objects.  Instead of a lamp in this vignette, this space has a tall plant filled urn with layered black and white framed photos behind.  In front is a nice-sized tray filled with colorful boxes (there is the pop of color again), with more interesting objects of varying sizes and heights to the right.

Tip 2. Choose an anchor: Starting with and positioning an anchor object is the ideal way to begin a vignette.  What’s an anchor object?  A lamp, floral arrangement, sculpture, etc – basically the dominate piece in the vignette.  It’s the focal point of the horizontal surface and brings height to the overall composition.

Tip 3. Layer: Add elements – pictures, artwork, accessories – from the back to the front of the horizontal surface. If there is a wall behind, have something large (picture, photo, mirror) on the wall or a smaller grouping, then layer objects in front on the surface.  Again start with the anchor object and layer around. Ideas: Position small pictures in front of large ones.  Add a small bowl, vase, or accessory on top of a stack of books.  Create a grouping of candles layered in front of each other.

A simple and elegant side table next to the bed.  Again the lamp is the dominate feature in this vignette with layered pictures leaning against the wall.  Books are layed on their side with a small flower arrangement atop. This table isn’t overloaded with “stuff” (what nightstand should be?), but all the elements are here to create a well-styled table vignette. Vignette via Traditional Home

Love this entryway by my friend, Pamela. It has all the elements to create a complete composition. She started with her large mirror behind, then added a beautiful tall lamp in front to anchor the vignette. Continuing, she introduced inexpensive elements of varying heights and layered them on the top of the table, as well as on the shelf underneath.

A little bit different type of vignette, but still using the same techniques.  The large bowl filled with rope is such a strong element in this vignette and is nicely balanced with 2 other elements – a smaller rope filled glass jar and an interesting sea creature (do you know what that is? looks kinda like a porcupine).  This grouping has awesome texture and would be simple and inexpensive to create! Vignette found via Pinterest (original source unfound)

Tip 4. Varying Heights and Sizes: Accessories and elements used in a vignette shouldn’t be all the same height and size – that would just look strange.  Play with the idea of introducing objects where some are smaller, some are larger, some are thin and tall, some are short and stout.  This will allow the layering to be more obvious and easy to create.

Just as you were probably getting comfortable with the idea of 1 major object, layer, and size variation, I throw you a curve-ball.

This table vignette has 2 major focal objects.  But it works because they’re the same. If you had one lamp and one large vase on the other said that would have been dominance overload, but this nautical composition works.  Also because of the intense main objects, the center accessories are minimal which gives a nice balance. Vignette Inspiration found via Brunch at Saks

Tip 5. Mix it up: Introduce different kinds of interesting elements / objects. Display a mixture of books, accessories, collectibles, DIY creations, and photos.

Tip 6. Display in odds: For some reason, designing in odd numbers (3 or 5 work best) makes better sense than even numbers.  Plus you can create a great layered composition with 3 rather than 2.

A few more inspirational vignettes …

Vignette Inspiration found via Brunch at Saks

Vignette Inspiration found via Forever Cottage

Vignette via Ladybird and Fellow

My final tips and tricks…

Tip 7. Affordable Vignettes: Creating a well-styled vignette doesn’t have to be expensive.  Honestly it could cost you nothing depending on what you already have on hand.  I’m always changing and revamping my vignettes by “shopping my home”. I move objects and accessories from table to table and purchase new pieces when I see something eye-catching and/or on sale.  I rarely go to a store specifically to find something.  9 out of 10 times, I see something I like, buy it, and somehow incorporate it now or in the future.  Aside from shopping-your-home, Craigslist, thrift stores, estate sales, garage sales, and of course discount stores like Home Goods or TJs are great go-to hot spots.

Tip 8. Enjoy and trust yourself: Just go for it! Don’t hesitate and say you’ll do it later.  Go for now and you’ll be so satisified once it’s done.  Again, clear everything off to start fresh and new.  Then start layering and moving things around.  Trust yourself in knowing what you like.  Use the images I provided to help you or find inspiration in magazines and pinterest of course.  And if you need extra help, I can always be of assistance!

Creating a table vignette can be thought of as tricky or challenging for some, but once those anxieties are lost a beautiful display can be achieved – patience and practice helps too!  Hopefully my tricks, tips, and ideas have helped you to create a well-styled table vignette.

If you’re interested in creating a well-styled bookcase, click to this post:

If you’d like to learn tips on designing a mantel, click to this post:

You can also check out my recently styled shelves, click to this post:

What do you display on your tables? What other ideas or tricks do you have to display objects on a table?