Entertainment walls have become an important living room feature, and now provide stiff competition for the traditional feature fireplace. TV lovers want their box in pride of place to achieve the optimum viewing angle, so increasingly the lounge fireplace is being bumped to a side wall or corner adornment. This interior reshuffle leaves space to imagine a new living room feature wall with the TV at its centre. It also presents extra requirements for storage of receiver and recorder equipment, plus movie media, consoles and games. So how do we achieve a modern vista beautiful enough to take the place of a mantelpiece, and on what do we now display our treasured items?
This wall and base unit combo is mounted against a wood panel backdrop, which visually holds the entire arrangement together. The TV is mounted to one end of the long console, with the opposite side being used as the ideal place to display a few favourite art prints lit by designer lamps.
The wood panel behind this TV runs up against a tall bookcase of matching wood tone.
Due to the slimline storage space requirements of a media console unit, layouts can get creative. This offset alignment gives the illusion of sliding volumes, pulling away to leave display nooks.
Visualizer: FOG Architecture
This backlit television makes a feature of its woodgrain mount even when the screen is not in use. A block arrangement of media units to the side creates a place to display decorative and treasured items.
Visualizer: Snuper Design
In this living room, not just the television but the TV wall panel itself is backlit. The feature provides a lovely cosy glow, in lieu of a traditional flame fireplace. The low shelf at the base of the installment is reminiscent of a hearth too.
Visualizer: Hung Le
Wall mounted units are a popular choice for a TV wall. Uninterrupted floor space looks clear and tidy; the room looks more spacious and is also easier to clean. The LED lighting strip that runs beneath the upper unit in this particular arrangement adds to the look of weightlessness, as well as illuminating display items beneath.
Visualizer: Ngoc Nguyen
This entertainment wall is made up of a floor standing base unit and a unique wall shelf that displays motivational posters on its surface and a small selection of books within a neat return.
Visualizer: Vizline Studio
If it’s a luxe look you’re after then how about mounting your TV onto marble effect panels. A side positioned contemporary fireplace on a low level wall mounted unit adds to the high-end finish.
Visualizer: Evgeny Garchu
Running a backing panel vertically, all the way from floor to ceiling, creates the impression of a chimney breast when there is none.
Visualizer: Lens Decor
Using two contrasting materials over your wall and storage volumes brings added interest.
Cat lovers can use the entertainment wall as an opportunity to incorporate cat ladders and feline hideaways. This cleverly constructed wall disguises a cat ladder as a set of casually offset shelves and a cabinet display nook. There is also a cat flap leading into a compartment within an adjacent cupboard.
Designer: The November Design
No wall on which to hang your TV? No problem. Consider installing a half height room divide to hold your TV set. The home pictured here topped off the room divider with some internal windows to allow natural light to flow between two spaces.
Visualizer: DA Visual
You almost don’t notice the TV in this home beyond the plant stands. Dark window frames balance out the black TV set, and backlit display nooks draw the eye away.
Visualizer: Alina Prokopenko
A centrally constructed storage unit provides ideal placement for the television in this home.
How’s this for a modern take on wainscoting? Asymmetric geometric panels make a technological pattern over this TV feature wall, with one frame picked out in fluorescent orange.
Visualizer: Mateusz Mielcarek
The geometric pattern over this yellow accent living room has been marked out with tape then painted in. The TV is almost invisible against one solid black section.
A sectioned of exposed brickwork has been painted to contrast behind the TV in this blue living room.
Like optical illusions? Check out how this red paintwork has been applied to appear as a 3D box behind the TV, and the way pale grey sections of paint across the ceiling and floor create a nook with the adjoining bookcase.
Visualizer: Alina Puzhak
TVs in the kitchen don’t have to be plonked at the end of a countertop either. This one nestles nicely where a run of wall cupboards have been brought up short. The bright yellow ones above pull the kitchen and the television area together.
Wood finish accent walls don’t have to be flat. This amazing wooden wall has been designed to mimic shattered glass, with each section of wood cut into a shard. The wooden ‘shards’ were then mounted not quite flush, so that each piece would reflect the light at a slightly different angle to achieve the desired effect.
Visualizer: BIM Group
Wood slat walls are another great way to give added texture to a woodtone wall. This one also incorporates sections of ‘living wall’, with plants situated right between the slats.
Visualizer: Shady Salah
Grey toned wood has been spliced into a tile-like design here. The same wood tone is used for the door of a base console and a side unit that displays decorative crockery and wine glasses.
Visualizer: Phase 6 Studio
A concrete wall makes a dramatic partnership with wood tone.
Visualizer: Zoreslava Nartova
Fans of the Tron movie should appreciate this blue lit technologically inspired feature wall. With colour changing LED lighting this setup could take on many looks. You can get wireless smartphone controlled led lights here.
The undulating line of these media units presents a place to put books and a dramatic display of decorative vases.
Visualizer: Alexey Gulesha
This book lover’s living room sacrifices a book nook for the TV.
Visualizer: Federico Cedrone
Even though the television takes the centre spot in this living room, the books still take all the spotlight.
A painting is exhibited at one side of this nook to balance out the TV.
Visualizer: Ruslan Tcacenco
Lime green bookshelves stand out against exposed brickwork over this TV wall. The television is set on a concrete shelf, with wooden logs stowed beneath.
Visualizer: Zan Studio
Coffee tables and side tables have been matched with the tone of this TV wall panelling.
Visualizer: Timur Gritsan
This TV has been mounted to a towering chimney breast where large wooden slabs overlap one another, appearing like a huge work of art.
Visualizer: Vuong Hai Duong
A reflective black backdrop camouflages glossy TV screen. The colourful stripe rug and scatter cushions on the sofa also work to draw the eye away from the powered down set and into the room.
Visualizer: Sitnik Vladimir
How about this giant propellor to distract the eye from a blank TV set! This brick wall living room has some amazing features but the glossy TV setup with integrated speaker surround looks pretty awesome too.
A distressed chest with metal borders and rivets works well in an industrial style living room.
Visualizer: Mateusz Limanówka
This offset TV console is balanced out by the presence of a bright modern accent chair.
If your home is short on storage, an entertainment wall can be an opportune place to incorporate extra units for possessions other than media consoles and accessories.
Visualizer: Lugerin Igor
Wall clocks have long held court over mantelpieces, and they look just as good on an entertainment wall.
Visualizer: Evan Popilnukha
The black frame around this TV panel makes it look like part of the art gallery. If you like this look then check out these living rooms with large wall art.
Architect: Pozas Arquitectos
Units create a chunky frame around this wall mounted television and speaker unit. Display shelves have been set inside the frame for extra visual effect.
This box shelf provides a place to sit a flat screen TV on its stand, along with a few more decorative items.
Split level console units present the opportunity to display large artwork or ornaments without the length of the surface appearing overly cluttered, and without large items or speaker units obstructing the television screen.
Sometimes modern fireplaces are still situated centrally, beneath a television set, but be sure to mount your TV high enough so that it doesn’t incur heat damage.
Visualizer: Eduard Caliman
There’s no denying how effective a contemporary letterbox fireplace looks beneath a flat screen TV, but always check the manufacturers guidelines.
Visualizer: Tatyana Ryltsova
These unique planters make zen addition to this unique shelving unit, with one of them suspended right through the top surface.
Alignment and simplicity reigns in this white living room.
This highly futuristic living room has the TV mounted on a transparent dividing wall.
Visualizer: Blalank Studio
Blue lighting gives a crisp edge to this black and white storage wall that gives pause for a TV.
Visualizer: Julia Sultanova
When creating a TV feature wall, it’s worth investing in beautiful speakers.
These neat speakers take pride of place on a glass shelf over the TV.
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