How to Minimize your TV with an Art Gallery Wall
Like many of you I have a giant 50 inch TV dominating my living room.
This doesn’t mean, however, that your chances of having a pretty room are nil, in fact, quite the opposite. That big old TV can inspire you to create a meaningful art gallery wall that will prevent the big black box from taking over!
My living room below:
Here are the steps for creating your own art gallery wall to minimize your TV:
If you do not want to invest in hanging your TV on the wall – which can be very expensive – I have the solution for making sure the “black elephant” in the room is not an eyesore.
FIrst of all, find an attractive and affordable stand for your TV.
You will, however, find that this is difficult. You will trudge from local store to local store and be completely uninspired by the copy-cat TV stands out there. They will be either black, dark espresso wood or fake maple wood monstrosities.
That is, of course, unless you have lots of money to spend. And, most of us, as you know dear reader, just don’t have the funds to invest in expensive pieces of furniture.
However, if you are like me and want a TV stand that is not only affordable and useful, but also unique and beautiful and is tailored to your decor – you can easily make your own!
Ummm….Jo – you may be thinking – I do not have carpentry skills.
It’s OK – neither do I – simply find yourself a nice long sturdy old dresser – the kind with 3 banks of drawers. Trust me – they make ideal TV/media stands. They are also everywhere, Kijiji, thrift shops, Salvation Army…
My post – Sad Dresser to Glam Media Stand – has instructions for making a TV stand out of an old dresser.
I paid $70 for this solid wood vintage dresser at a second-hand furniture store and used up paint I already had from painting my kitchen cabinets. I made sure that the dresser I purchased was sturdy and had drawer openings that fit my TV and stereo components.
Helpful tip: always bring your measurements and measuring tape when shopping for second-hand furniture.
As a bonus I loved the original hardware and the drawers provide great storage for DVDs and other TV stuff! As another bonus you are re-cycling and re-purposing and preventing large items of furniture from ending up in the landfill.
Start collecting art work for your TV art gallery wall.
By arranging art around the TV the big black rectangular box is no longer the focal point of the room.
Find things that you love to hang on your wall – this is how you create meaningful decor and a living space that is your unique and personal sanctuary.
Your pieces don’t have to match, however, a general theme will create a more cohesive appearance. My artwork is primarily vintage with similar muted greens, blues and tan tones.
Most of my art, which has been collected over the years, came from flea markets, thrift shops and auctions. The majority are framed prints with a couple of original oils. Each piece has a story. For example where I bought it, who gave it to me…you get the drift!
One of my newest additions to the gallery wall are the 3 foot wide spectacles I purchased a few months ago from a thrift shop for $15. They add an unexpected and fun look to the wall – and hey, all four of us wear glasses in this house, so that’s meaningful right?
My loyal husband just shook his head when I walked in with this giant pair of spectacles. He knows me well.
Below is a framed cover from an antique song sheet. It too has a story:
I purchased a vintage suitcase filled with antique sheet music from a neighbour’s yard sale (thank you Stan!) for around $20. They originally belonged to his mother, an accomplished pianist. If you look closely you can see her signature. I picked this image to frame because I loved the turquoise colours and of course living in the Maritimes, we are never far from the ocean.
For more ideas you can read my post on 3 Ways to Add Meaningful & Affordable Art to your Home.
Hang your art.
There are many methods to hang an art gallery wall but I like to measure the space where my art will hang and then lay out the art on the floor using the same general measurement. I then hang the biggest piece first and continue hanging piece by piece leaving similar spaces between frames – about 2 to 3 inches.
It seems daunting but it really isn’t. If it doesn’t work the first time then just re-hang your piece. Eventually you will come up with an arrangement that works. There are no hard and fast rules about this. Just keep stepping back and viewing your masterpiece art gallery wall until it looks right.
What are your tips for creating meaningful decor? I’d love to hear from you.