How To Design Around a Television

A big design challenge we run into with almost every project is designing around TVs. How do you avoid making it the focal point of the room, when face it  the main function in the room is to gather and watch TV? Whether it’s a beautiful console piece, gallery wall, or a well designed built-in, we are sharing our favorite solutions!

Studio McGee's Guide to Designing around a Television


Selecting a beautiful furniture piece to go under your TV is a great alternative to the typical media console. We prefer when they are longer than the length of the TV and you can hide your media equipment instead of putting it on display. Add low accessories like stacked books and objects to finish the look.

From our Lynwood Remodel 

From our Modern Mountain Home 



Adding a gallery wall surrounding helps soften the harshness of the TV and helps to fill the blank walls around it. This is a great solution for more casual spaces. If you're feeling clueless to starting a gallery wall, we made a How To video here!

Design by West Elm  

Design by Emily Henderson for Cup of Jo

Design by Ann Sage


BUILT INS and Molding Details

A custom designed built-in is our favorite way to incorporate a TV! Whether it’s on either side of the fireplace, or a wall-to-wall media center, they are a great way to balance the visual weight of the TV and distract with a great display of accessories! We really love built-ins flanking the fireplace because it still allows you the opportunity to add a mirror or art above the mantle, shifting the focus off of the TV. Built-ins are also great because they provide storage for media equipment. 

Design by Sally Armstrong

From our Windsong Project


This helps to create a cleaner look, and even adds a little character with the door fronts! 

Design by Amber Interiors

Design by Muskoka Living

Design by Muskoka Living


Paint the Wall Dark

We love incorporating black, grey, and even dark green wall colors in our designs!  A dark wall color applied behind the TV helps blend the TV into the space making it feel a part of the design. 

Design by Doris Lee

Designed by The New Design Project