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by Jackie Hernandez

Jackie Hernandez blogs at Teal & Lime, sharing her daily adventures taking a basic builder house and making it a DIY modern home. Jackie believes you are the best person to decorate your own home. Teal & Lime empowers readers to decorate in an easy and approachable way through simple DIY and decorating ideas, online decorating services, and decorating e-courses. Teal & Lime will inspire you to make it home, make it you.

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  • No doubt televisions have come a long way in the looks department, but they're still considered an eyesore in decorating. For a while we tried to hide them—often in bulky furniture—but the new trend is to help the TV blend in with its surroundings. The best way to do that is with a gallery wall.

    To downplay the big black hole of a TV in my bedroom, I created a gallery wall up and over the TV (above).

    Now we have a fabulous wall to look at while laying in bed, whether the TV is on or not. What I love most about our gallery wall is how it solved the TV eyesore problem, unified mismatched furniture, and created a focal wall.
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  • The trick is to make the gallery wall more visually interesting than the shiny black eyesore. A bunch of frames hung on the wall behind the TV can fall a bit flat, literally. But, there are lots of tricks you can use to add depth and interest to your gallery wall.

    Tips for a Dynamic Gallery Wall

    1. Mix different frame sizes, finishes, and depths.
    2. Keep spacing between frames no more than 2 to 3 inches apart, so it reads as a grouping.
    3. Stagger the frames for a more free-flowing, collected look.
    4. Don't be afraid to let the TV or a lamp layer in front of the frames.
    5. Treat the TV as if it were another frame in the gallery, whether it's mounted on the wall or not, and build around it.
    6. Repeat the black frame of the TV with other black frames in the gallery.
    7. Add other objects or wall decor to make the gallery interesting, like a monogram plaque or figurine.
    8. Instead of filling all the frames with pictures, fill some with fabric or decorative paper. The large frame leaning on the dresser is actually a framed place mat.
    9. If there is furniture below the gallery, let the gallery make a connection with the furniture and use it to build depth into the arrangement. In this case, the TV sits on the desk and a few frames are leaning on the dresser top.

    Here are some other ideas that really work:
  • Photos (clockwise from top left): Dement Designs, Kenneth Byrd Design, and Wayfair
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