I have always planned to put picture frame moldings in this room:
I bought these two moldings - the larger one will be the outside frames and the smaller will be the inside ones:
I know it is hard to see, but here are the boxes laid out in pencil:
Here are the best examples I could find of the double box moldings:
I'm really excited to be finishing this room!
But first, what to do with the tv. Here it is again in all of it's miserable ugliness:
I HATE the way televisions look in most rooms (except in game rooms or rec rooms or the like - there they don't really bother me). But in my most formal room? Yuck. Nevertheless, I gave in and let my husband put the tv over the fireplace several years ago because I have to let him win once in a while. But seriously, I want the kids to use the room and I want everyone to be happy, so it was the right thing to do.
It still makes me insane to have to look at it though. And I am therefore always on the lookout for new ways to hide it. So when I saw this image earlier this year, I knew what to do - paint the area around the tv black:
I know this probably doesn't make sense because the image I just showed you actually has white over the fireplace, with the dark paint around it. But seeing it made me think "Why not paint a black strip all the way up the wall around the tv?" So I started searching for that, and it turns out I am in no way the first to think of it. Emily Henderson has done it, and so have many others. I'm kind of embarrassed to say I didn't know about it though. (Or maybe it was in the back of my mind from seeing it and I didn't remember and it came out as my own brilliant idea? Who knows - I hear that happens and there are really no original ideas, but either way I'm just glad to know this trick).
Here are some examples:
This one doesn't have a tv, but it COULD:
I think I'd like this next one better in black, but it still really works:
This is not my favorite decor, but the stripe does it's job pretty well:
This one shows the inevitable light reflection, so it's not a perfect conceal:
Look how well this is hidden:
|Via Primitive and Proper|
This one is too contemporary for me, but again, what a great conceal:
Here, I'd make the gray white and really highlight the contrast:
I'm not sure what's going on here as those appear to be doors, but maybe they aren't used:
This is probably my favorite example:
Again, there is no tv here, but I think there totally could be:
A quick side note before I move on. I wanted to show you my other favorite way of hiding the tv in plain sight. Although I have never done this, I do like the idea of incorporating it into a gallery wall like this one (although I would like to see the gallery a bit bigger to balance the tv, and maybe even with some larger frames):
So, that is what I am going to do. Here is what it should look like, although this is just a mock up done with a tool similar to MS Paint and the black is just color boxes I laid over the image. And remember, the walls will be creamy white with the frame moldings:
Finally, a before and after of sorts. The black paint will definitely highlight the beam, which I don't like, but I'd rather notice the beam than the tv:
So that's what is going on here in the next few weeks. I can't wait to show you!