Please ignore the colors - my camera takes horrible pictures as it relates to color on walls, etc.
This is a little alcove that we house our TV in. I'd like to put something above the TV on the wall, but not sure what. I will post below what I had originally thought of, but family rejected the mirrors - looked too busy with three of them. This is a darker area of the house and having a mirror above there would reflect a lot of light - which would be good, but not necessary as our focal point really is the fireplace.
This is something else I am considering. The picture doesn't do it any justice. It's as long as the console table, but only 12" in height - wouldn't take up much space. I also think I'd need to change out my vase or something with color so it didn't look so bland. This is an iron piece with real wood pieces attached.
Your absolute best choice would be something architectural rather than decorative. A simple shelf the same color as the window trim running the entire length of the alcove would be a great place for a collection of pottery. Adding another flat element above the TV like a picture, a mirror or even a sculpture piece is too redundant.
If you like my idea I wouls suggest mounting the shelf kind of high so there is enough space between it an the TV to keep the look uncluttered. Perhaps even with the window top.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Charles D,
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I agree with Charles, too many 'pieces'. I like his idea of a simple shelf in same wood.
That shelf idea could grow over time to add built in bookcases in top portion or ones with doors so they serve as a place to store items when not in use and open for books (unless you don't have to store books) built in as tall as windows or to the ceiling in that part of the room. You could have cabinet doors closing off storage beneath if you need more storage in the future.
In the meantime, no need to fill that space to compete with the mantel feature.
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So here is a shelf that I could use - looks rustic, which I like. It's 4' x 4" thick x 10" deep. The mantle ledges on the fireplace are about the same width and height. I could span 2 - 4' shelves and 1 - 2' shelf to go wall to wall. The depth of the niche is 18". Would this work?
What about taking out the bookshelf on the left and having two rattan urnes w/filler (as shown) on either side. Then add a shelf above going the length of the console - actually a little longer, or would that look silly?
I'm trying to do something that won't be a huge investment and that I could use somewhere else when we get our built-ins. If I got 3 - 2' shelves (shown above) and put them together that would span over the console by 7" on each side. I'm looking at the 2' shelves as the others are on back order til September!
Okay - my son answered my question. He felt a deep shelf going all the way across is the best. So, is there a way to make a shelf that looks rustic? I could order the one above, but don't want to wait til September.
I also found a website that showed how to make a floating wooden shelf. I'm going to go that route so I can make it as long as I want!This message has been edited. Last edited by: christyinco,
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I've decided to put this on hold. We just sold our old house and we were waiting for that before we started our kitchen remodel, which is opposite this wall. I am going to push for built-ins at the same time. I think it's the best thing in the end.