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Old 05-19-2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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How to spice up tv on the wall...looks "bland"


So I thought it would look really sleek and nice to have the flat panel on the wall put now that it's up it looks odd(to me). I'm trying to find some creative ways to make it look nicer in our living room without taking away the modern sleek look, any ideas? I'm also upset that the stud placement wouldn't allow me to center it more...oh well.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:21 AM   #2
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In my basement I built the tv into the wall and made a flat black bezel from drywall trim that trims out the wall and a black grill cover for the bottom to hide the built in speakers. But in my bedroom I have not found a solution to making it look good. It functions well and looks much better than a CRT tv on a wall mount or shelf but as you say it looks bland. When we built this house I really wished I would have made that wall from 2x6's so I could have flush mounted the tv.

You can look at my album to see a picture of the 61" in my basement and see what I mean. Its not a great picture of the tv but you get the idea.

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I read somewhere that you need something on the floor under it to "anchor" it. I think that would help a bit. Maybe one of the decorating types will have a suggestion or two.
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if it were me, i'd make a wooden box/frame around it to match the color of the flooring and trim.
kinda like this...

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I think the trim or simple, shallow cabinet is a good idea...depends on your carpenty skills, but this is pretty simple/straight forward (like everything else in the world, if you have the experience ).

You won't want anything too much deeper than the tv screen (when the tv's mounted).
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Those are sweet.

I still think having something under the TV to anchor it would help too. Having those frames around the TV now give you good architectural detail to build off of.

Jay and DM, those are some sweet designs. I like.

Jay, what kind of software did you do that with?
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Thanks dirtbike, the only thing about the base is that it would have to be as shallow as the upper, which might be a little odd...

I wouldn't build a base any deeper due to the natural walk line from the kitchen to the dining area...you don't want alter that too much due to a cabinet that's much deeper than 4 inches or so...that's just my take from the pics, anyway.

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Nothing new here, I'm just seeing how a couple of different renders look like posted...
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Thanks dirtbike, the only thing about the base is that it would have to be as shallow as the upper, which might be a little odd...

I wouldn't build a base any deeper due to the natural walk line from the kitchen to the dining area...you don't want alter that too much due to a cabinet that's much deeper than 4 inches or so...that's just my take from the pics, anyway.

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I agree that you would have to watch the depth of whatever you put under that.

Any interior designers around?
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And now that I look a little closer, Ryan, couldn't you sell the wife on a bit bigger TV?
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jay's is more what i had in mind as well, i just threw wood over it.
however, it looked upside down jay.... i think i'd build it more like this.

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And now that I look a little closer, Ryan, couldn't you sell the wife on a bit bigger TV?
This is her TV; mine is downstairs. ;-)

Is that frame just molding?
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This is her TV; mine is downstairs. ;-)

Is that frame just molding?

Hehe, I get it Ryan. Who needs to see Oprah on a 60 HD Plasma.
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OK DM and Jay,

What software are you using to do those?

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