No built-ins? No problem! Today I’m sharing my progress in our cozy modern living room. I recently styled our TV wall with affordable decor to create a pretty and functional space, without built-ins. While I would love to add shelving to this room someday, right now I am making this large wall work! If you have a similar setup, or are just looking for modern coastal design inspiration, I hope you find this post helpful. I’ll be sharing media consoles and budget friendly finds for decorating around your TV.

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TV Wall Decor: Affordable Media Console

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Simple TV Wall Decor - faux olive tree, how to decorate around a tv

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If you have an open concept home with a large TV wall like ours, you probably share my priority of storage. We solved this problem a little over a year ago with our budget friendly media console! Previously we had a smaller cabinet and it looked so tiny against this wall. One of the most important things I have learned about interior design is the importance of scale, and generally: go big! If you are looking for a wide media console with lots of storage like ours, check out all of the details here. If you are shopping for a smaller space or prefer a different look, here are a few finds:

TV Wall Decor: Filling Out the Corners

faux olive tree in stone planter, spring throw pillows

A recent addition to our living room, this 8′ faux olive tree has replaced our Christmas tree! We had a different olive tree previously but again, the scale was too small. It did not fill out the space next to the TV and it always bothered me. The larger tree still feels airy but the extra height and width make a big difference (check out this post to compare).

Family photo gallery wall with grid layout, white frames and bamboo blanket ladder

On the left side, I wanted to include something to warm up the corner near our family photo gallery wall. I have been loving this bamboo blanket ladder for a while, but was concerned it would be too short. I ended up ordering it anyway, and solved that problem by placing stacked canned goods under the feet of the ladder. Easy fix! I love how the curved top breaks up all of the rectangles in this space.

Other Living Room Updates

Here is a peek at another angle of our living room:

Simple TV Wall Decor (Living Room Update)

Nothing big has changed here, I’ve just enjoyed styling a few new pieces, such as the blue linen pillow and gold vase (size small). I am hoping to add a light fixture to this room though, which I shared in my living room design plan.

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I hope you found this post helpful. Do you have built-in shelving in your living room, or a blank wall like me? I would love to hear your favorite way to style your TV wall either way!


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  1. Hi Caitlin, looking to make the same tv stand. Just wondering if you found the tv too high since it’s a taller media console?

    1. Hi Ashley! The tv height works great for us, but it may feel different based on the size of your room. I would measure out the height of the console on your wall, and then use painter’s tape to test where the tv would be to make sure it works for you!

  2. What size is your television it looks so nice with the ikea cabinets under it? We have a 65 inch television I’m trying to figure out what to do with😬

    1. Hi Natilee! Our tv is also 65 inches! 🙂

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