How to Decorate Entertainment Centers

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An entertainment center is a large piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of a room even if we don't want them to. Since the evolution of flat-panel TVs, which allow for more compact units, entertainment centers are now beautiful additions to rooms that have hidden storage spaces. The key to decorating these pieces is to not overfill them, only highlighting minimal items.

Things You'll Need

  • Entertainment center
  • Accessories
  • Photos

More Than Just a TV Stand

  • Pare down accessories. The key to having a great designer-looking entertainment center is to only highlight a few accessories. Display groupings in odd numbers, such as in threes, fives and sevens; or display only one item. Monthly or seasonally rotate your items so eventually all get displayed, just not at the same time.

  • Display hardcover books. Books are for more than just reading. Leather-bound books make beautiful displays or can be used as bases for other accessories. Display other books that have special meaning or historical significance---they are great conversation starters. Create a display by standing books together vertically or horizontally. Do not fill the shelf completely.

  • Display family photos. Surround yourself with memories by adding photographs of your loved ones. Do not let them overpower the shelves, but mix them in with other accessories. Lay a book down and place a framed picture on top of it. Place a vase or other decorative accessory next to them.

  • Add lighting to the shelves. Some entertainment centers include lighting above the shelving. If yours does not, add this lighting with small battery-operated or string lights.

  • Store away components and hide cords. To keep your entertainment center looking like a high-end display cabinet and not just a TV stand, keep it clear of debris.

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