We are now the proud new owners of a big screen TV - kinda. After years of complaining about being "forced" to watch a miniscule 35" TV Neil finally rigged up a contraption consisting of a projector connected to our DirecTivo box, and a huge sheet of white fabric DUCT TAPED TO THE WALL as a screen. Yes - you read that right - duct tape. It was even worse a few months ago - he decided that too much light was coming in through the windows, so one weekend while I was traveling he took matters into his own hands and NAILED A BLACK TABLECLOTH over the windows.
Obviously, this wasn't a permanent situation - we did install wood blinds which block out most of the light, and this weekend he built an aluminum frame for the screen material. So now we just have a HUGE screen (it looks exactly like an empty canvas stretched on wood) on our wall. I refer to it as "Polar Bear in a Snowstorm". It's about 7'x4'. The wall is otherwise empty - I had always wanted to hang a painting or somehting on it, but it is gigantic space and I never saw anything that I liked enough to put there.
So...I'd like to somehow make the screen, or at least that wall, look better. We can't really attach a wood frame around it (that was my original idea) because of the aluminum frame. There is about 6 feet of empty wall (floor to ceiling) on one side of the screen, and 3 feet on the other. Our couch used to be on that wall, but we've moved it across the room now so that we could watch the TV.
Does anyone have ideas for how to somehow minimize (don't laugh!) a gigantic TV on the wall? I mean - this would look great in a media room, but this is our living room. And without that couch on that wall, it seems ridiculously bare. I'm having a hard time visualizing framed pictures or anything for some reason.
I also need suggestions for what to do with the TV "hole" in our built in bookcases. Our fireplace wall has built in bookcases on one side, and the other has a built in entertainment center thing - there is a space that is about 4' x 4' (maybe a bit smaller) for the TV. Would a plant or something look ridiculous there?
TIA for any suggestions - I need to make friends with a interior decorator!