Before I get into my design dilemma, I would like to note that I am not a big fan of having an unattractive black TV screen as the focal point in any room (unless it is specifically a theater room). But, when you live in a small space, and have to use the same room as a living/entertaining area it is almost inevitable that the TV will become the main focus (especially considering that all of the furniture must be arranged facing the big black box in order to meet optimal movie viewing needs.)
Last year, we were fortunate enough to be able to purchase our first flat screen TV (thank you x-mas bonus!) and while we love that our new TV is thin enough to not spill over the edge of it's stand, the wall decor around our TV has been a bit of an issue.
This is what the wall currently looks like...
I was thinking it would be nice to bring the wall art down so it meets the height of the TV and then add a sleek bookshelf over the top (sort of creating a built in entertainment center look without having to actually buy one).
I used my Photoshop skills to put together this mock up of what the new wall would look like...
I can't decide if the bookshelf is "too much." My awesome husband has already starting cutting the wood to make the shelf...but we are both feeling a little skeptical about the decision.
What do you think?
(photo credit for bookshelf, via)