In this post: Shelf Decor | Have you got a wall TV that seems to be floating in the middle of nowhere? Here’s how to style a TV wall with pretty bedroom shelves.⇒
I have a secret in my bedroom.
Well, if you were standing in our bedroom, it would actually be the opposite of a secret because you can’t miss it. But I never show it on the blog.
Because it’s really ugly. And seems to be floating on it’s own. And it really should have something underneath it to look right.
On the wall opposite the bed, pretty much hanging in the middle of nowhere, there’s a big flatscreen TV.
Yep. I know, you probably have one too. If you’re lucky, you’ve set it up in a nice entertainment unit. That way, it looks like it belongs and has a sensible home.
That’s typically what most of us do in our living rooms and such. But not everyone has space for that in the bedroom. We certainly don’t. And we have a sizable bedroom!
The wall opposite our bed is divided in the center by a small hallway that leads to the closets and master bath. So on one side of the wall break I have my secretary desk and on the other side we had this big blank wall with the huge ugly TV hanging smack in the center of it.
Oh sure, the wires are all hidden and the components are neatly stored in the closet behind the wall. But there’s still this big eyesore hanging conspicuously on the wall.
I’ve know for a while what I wanted to do was to put something beneath it as a way to anchor it.
And while we have plenty of space to walk between the wall and the bed, this is right by the entry and I had to be careful what we’d be walking into. I was also concerned about adding another bulky piece of furniture, as I didn’t want the space to get heavy and out of balance.
I considered a faux mantel and I researched a bookcase, but both would compete too much with the other furniture nearby.
So I found the perfect piece of furniture to solve what turned out to be 3 problems that I had!
The piece I selected is a charming console table with clean lines and a delicate footprint. It’s the ideal size with a shallow depth so it doesn’t get in the way, yet it’s wider than the TV which provides the correct balance. The height is perfect, as well, allowing room for decorative items to be placed on the top shelf.
Most importantly, the open feeling of the gold and glass offers a light enough presence to be placed opposite the imposing desk a few feet away.
Problem One solved: find a piece of furniture to anchor the TV without taking up too much space and appearing too heavy for the room.
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The real fun, of course, with adding bedroom shelves is styling them. There is certainly an art to decorating shelves and the same principles can be used regardless of your home decor taste. Whether modern or vintage or somewhere in between or mixed, shelf decor can be approached in the very same way. Following are some tips I’ve learned over time.
- Be cognizant of the room you’re styling for. Plates are great in the dining room but not so much in the bedroom
- Pick an accent color to assort throughout to tie everything together. I went with purple but use whatever strikes your fancy. Change it up seasonally or as the mood hits. Remember it’s just an accent. No need to take it too far.
- Be very aware of balance with a mix of heights and number of pieces grouped together. Books make great risers.
- Be sure to leave open space and don’t overcrowd. Some shelves should have only one item per section.
- Repeat certain elements such as books or vases.
- Use the opportunity to store something you had nowhere else to put.
This last tip was Problem Two solved: We love to keep chocolates in the bedroom but our bedside tables were full. It became a golden opportunity to add a lovely little luxury to our bedroom retreat in simple apothecary jars.
To suit my design style I used lots of French antiques, with a liberal mix of silver and gold patina. But I also blended them with cleaner modern objects including faux white marble to lighten up the look.
I was insistent on including a bouquet of fresh flowers, in this case comprising the heavenly scent of pink hyacinths. Along with the kitchen, this is one of my favorite places to keep fresh flowers which I find at the grocery store and include in my weekly budget.
This brings me to Problem Three solved, which I will admit was completely serendipitous. For years I’ve wanted one of those long narrow vintage class photos and I’ve considered buying one at various antique shops over the years. The older and more sepia-toned the better, so you can imagine my surprise and delight when I found one in my parents’ garage of my mother’s middle school graduating class. I immediately had it framed but could not find the right place to hang it.
What a lovely perk that it fits perfectly between my console table and my wall TV. For now I just leaned it, but it will likely be hung soon.
And now for a fun little bonus! My mom is in the second row up, sixth in from the right in the section of photo, below. But also in her graduating class is Woody Allen! Can you find him? Post your guesses in the comments… 🙂
There’s no question the TV is still pretty ugly and my charming bedroom shelves would look better with artwork above them. But this is how we live in our home and our house is meant to serve our lifestyle, so I’m delighted to have found a solution I can happily live with!
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