6 Mantel Decor Ideas With a TV

Article by BlissLights LLCMon, Sep 12, 22
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When you decorate your mantel and include a TV with it, the TV becomes the focal point. This means that brightly colored knickknacks and big home decor pieces on your mantel can be distracting. Instead, try mantel decor ideas with a TV ranging from accent lighting to unique color palettes. This way, your fireplace mantel can create magical memories for all.

How do you accent a TV on the wall?

To accent a TV on the wall above a fireplace mantel, you’ll want to keep things simple. You should also consider the space surrounding the TV, design elements that enhance your mantel, and lighting options to illuminate your mantelpiece. With the optimal blend of colors, decor pieces, shapes, sizes, and lighting, decorating your mantel with a TV can be a breeze.

How to decorate a mantel with a TV

Here are some steps to take when decorating a mantel with a TV.

Strip down your mantel

First, start with a completely clear fireplace mantel, then either mount your TV on the wall behind the mantel or rest it on the ledge. From there, you can play around with the decor surrounding the TV. For instance, if you decide to mount the TV and there’s space underneath it, you can include some garland or faux ivy on the ledge. When you start from scratch, you can envision a whole world of ideas for mantel decor with a TV.

Choose your TV art

A great way to elevate your space and eliminate a big black box being the focal point of your fireplace mantel is with “TV art.” This essentially means going to YouTube (if you have a smart TV) and searching for “TV art,” “free TV artwork,” or “TV art screensaver.” You’ll find options that rotate between images or stay the same for hours, transforming your TV into a work of art.

Start with one large centerpiece or light

A TV is a natural focal point, but you can still include a centerpiece or two on the outskirts of the mantel’s ledge. Adding in some statement lighting options not only enhances your mantel decor, but also helps set the right mood. This can mean mounting gorgeous wall sconces above your mantel’s edges or astonishing fixtures on both ends.

You can also hang a centerpiece above your TV. That could mean twinkle lights and faux ribbons of flowers framing your TV. This added whimsical effect can make everyone watching your TV feel like they’ve entered a whole new space.

Add elements of varying height

When designing your fireplace mantel with a TV, a great rule of thumb is to attract the eye with pieces of varying height. To start, keep the middle of the mantel empty or adorned with items that sit low to the ledge. Then, on each side of your TV, you can play around with taller pieces. You can make the ends asymmetrical to create a funky, eclectic look in your living room. Once you’ve figured out what speaks to you, then you can easily transform your mantel-TV combo into the ultimate home theater.

Layer your decor

You can layer pieces on your mantel to create a dynamic effect that captivates your guests and draws the eye forward. To layer decor on your shelf, go with a “less is more” approach. It’s also important to keep colors in mind when layering pieces so everything works well together. Your goal is to balance captivating sights with a symphony of decor.

Keep the rule of three in mind

In a well-designed space, three is the golden rule to live by when selecting decorative items. For instance, one blue vase at the end of your fireplace mantel can feel out of place if you don’t incorporate the motif twice more. If you go beyond three, the space can drift into clutter. With a delicately balanced mantel display, you can inspire peace and tranquility around your calming fireplace oasis.

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6 mantel decor ideas with a TV

Here are six mantel decor ideas with a TV that can elevate your space.

1. Switch to a smart TV or a TV frame

A smart TV can transform into a work of art with the YouTube hack mentioned above. To further take things up a notch, you can invest in a “frame TV” that lays flush against the wall surrounded by a picture frame. It’s a simple way to reimagine your TV frame as a priceless work of art. The frame will disguise your TV so that it stops being the focal point. You can add new dimensions to your space with a frame TV – just replace it with art with the push of a button.

2. Add accent lighting

Accent lighting is a great way to accentuate and upgrade your entertainment center above your mantel. You can add accent lighting on the side of the TV to illuminate your art or transition into movie night with a soft, theater-like glow.

With the BlissRadia, you can create ambient mood lighting that fits any situation or time of day. You can shine the BlissRadia in any rainbow color or dazzle with moving light gradients. Plus, you can control it all right from your phone or with voice control, so you’ll never interrupt a moment of peace. In an instant, you can transform your mantel’s colors and mood.

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3. Use greenery to liven up your mantel decor

To add some life and tranquility to your mantel, incorporate faux greenery into your mantel design. Using muted vines or a garland from a craft store, you can effortlessly decorate your mantel with a few simple pieces. You’ll cover the space in no time without overwhelming the eye with too many trinkets. Try dripping ivy off the ends of the mantel’s ledge for an awe-inspiring appearance.

4. Pay attention to both ends of the mantel

Each end of your mantel is where you have the most room to play with the space and incorporate your personality into the design. So give your mantel ends some extra TLC and add elegant candle holders filled with tealights. You can also seasonally swap out trinkets, with white pumpkins for autumn and seashells for summer.

5. Opt for neutral colors

When selecting your decor, stick with a neutral color palette to keep the focus on the TV. This way, nobody is distracted by a pop of orange in the corner of their eye. Some calming neutral hues are beige, cream, sage green, and earth tones. With neutral trinkets, your design will remain constantly calming as you shift your lighting to match the mood.

6. Take your mantel out of this world

For a light display that can make your movie nights an out-of-this-world experience without taking away from the on-screen magic, try a galaxy projector. The Sky Lite Evolve, for example, can project nebula clouds and stars throughout your whole room. If you want to point your galaxy elsewhere, the Evolve’s spherical design means you can always change the direction.

With stunning pastel shades in reds, blues, pinks, and purples, the Evolve can delight your guests with a magical light show of drifting nebula clouds. Plus, you can use the BlissHome mobile app to access special lighting effects, choose your favorite colors, set timers, and so much more. It’s the easiest way to transform your mantel without leaving the comfort of your couch.

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Transform your mantel decor with BlissLights

When you decorate your mantel with a TV, you can elevate your living room and cultivate a space for unforgettable moments with loved ones. There are limitless possibilities to transform your mantelpiece with a TV into the heart of your home. And with BlissLights, you can take your mantel ambiance to the next level with lighting to set the mood. Browse the BlissLights collection now to take your mantel display above and beyond.

About BlissLights

BlissLights has been a leader in the laser lighting industry since the company was founded in 2006. Our team of experienced engineers and technicians helped create award-winning special effect lighting for major theme parks before minaturizing ourpatented technology for home use. BlissLights is dedicated to laser safety and education, and is registered with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).

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