Lightening Up the Living Room…Now, to the Other Main Focal Point…(Yes, the TV)
Let’s face it, once you’re in a living room, chances are you’re watching TV, thus that area becomes one of the main focal points, (I’ve noticed that for some, ah-hem, mostly men, the TV is actually the only focal point in a room). So I figure, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! That’s what I, did in “Our House” first of all when I approved the wide screen TV to be out in the open all the time. Remember, the TV wall used to look like this:
That was the armoire with the old TV, but the new wide screen didn’t fit in it, and I decided to adopt a more contemporary view of the TV…literally. So then, on the first transition it looked like this:
With the sideboard I brought in from the dining room, and rearranged the wall plaques above it, I thought that was going to be ok, but once I started ‘lightening’ up the living room, I realized that I needed to lighten up and neutralize the color of the accessories…so these three wall plaques are downstairs to be hung up in the family room and, in comes this gorgeous carved pediment…
I spotted this at Pier1 in the clearance aisle a while ago, but resisted buying it, as at the time I didn’t really have a spot for it. However, I, like most of you reading this do, filed it in my brain, ready to be pulled out at a moment’s notice, or better put, when I did find a spot for it.
(Fortunately for me, it was still available at Pier1, being on clearance, it could have been gone forever!)
The size is absolutely the perfect size, both height and width for the space between the TV and trim around the ceiling.
And the carved detail and distressing is so beautiful, you’d swear it was an antique.
The broken pediment, (I think that’s what this design is called…instead of the top connecting, it’s split with the center point coming up) of the top is so lovely too…Classic!
(Dang, I still need to finish the cord covers, don’t look at that.)
So even though I’ve adopted the free spirited, open view of the TV, I still want it to feel like it’s part of the design of the room, not just sitting there with nothing to relate to it. This pediment does exactly that, it sort of ‘finishes’ the TV surround, making it look like a plan.
I’m still debating about the sideboard…I love it, it’s a vintage piece I bought it at a yard sale for around $40, and the shape and storage look and work perfect, I just haven’t decided if it’s staying this color, or if I’ll be painting it…honestly, I have so much painting to do at “The Little Brick Cottage” I don’t think I’ll be attempting to paint this for a while…