I’m excited to share the progress of our TV room makeover, and share some ideas for how to decorate above a corner sectional! This post is chock-a-block of images so please stick with me and scroll all the way. 🙂
Our home is a 1960’s garrison colonial that started out with a traditional floor plan: a dining room in front and kitchen in back on one side of the center stairs, and a skinny front-to-back living room on the other side of the stairs. The previous owners built an addition off the back, connected to the formal living room. The trouble is that neither the formal living room nor added family room were adequate for our needs.
We wanted a TV room right off the kitchen, so we transformed the original too-small dining room into a cozy yet open space. Now, we can keep an eye on the kids while we cook and they watch too many episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
The original dining room was too small for us, and very closed off from the rest of the home. The walls and floors weren’t in good shape, either. However, the built-in china cabinet was a sensible spot for a corner sectional.
Here’s how that corner looks now with refinished floors, repaired and painted ceiling and walls, and new recessed lighting and wall sconces. Quite a difference, right? And no, I didn’t style this photo even a little bit, but this is the current state of the room, kid’s window art included. 🙂
At first I thought we could just strip the wallpaper and paint the room so that we could live with it a bit before we could afford the renovation. Nope. Stripping the ancient wallpaper was a horribly long process, and the room looked a lot like this for over a year. It was basically a dumping ground for everything that didn’t have a home.
Not only was the room quite hideous, it also had a weird swing door that closed it off from the kitchen. Here’s a view of the room at basically that same angle. The little wall on the left took the place of the swing door and gave us a bit more space for a little mudroom.
The other major change we made was to remove the wall below. Now, our TV is on the wall where you see the previous owner’s piano, and the room opens up into our expanded kitchen.
Ta-da! You have no idea how much I adore this transformation. It was worth the wait and all the stress of being kitchen-less for a few months.
As you can see, we now have room to decorate (yay!), so now I’m researching ways to decorate above a corner sectional. Let’s take a look at the inspiration so far.
Create an eclectic gallery wall
This family room looks incredibly cozy and personal. The gallery wall holds a mix of family photos, mirrors, quotes, and decorative plaques that add great texture. The art on both walls maintains the same neutral color scheme in browns and whites, which creates a very cohesive look. A skinny table behind the sectional is perfect for lamps, books, and a place to put a drink.
This gallery wall at a Serena and Lily store is another example of how to decorate above a corner sectional. The colorful art goes all the way to the ceiling, which makes the corner appear even taller. Our TV room’s ceilings aren’t even 8′ tall, so this look could be helpful for us.
Floating shelves are a cool solution to add some dimension in the room. You can mount two floating shelves to fit in the corner above the sectional and fill them with frames and objects.
If your room has limited wall space, placing bookcases behind your sectional is a great way to add a ton of storage as well as interest.
Lastly, large-scale artwork takes the focus away from a bulky sectional. Although frankly I’m a little obsessed with this sectional. Don’t you just want to pet it? Anyway, The click and film reel are super interesting and easily fill the wall.
If you prefer a more symmetrical look, a few extra-large frames create a big impact. Check out my post on using wrapping paper as art for a simple and inexpensive way to create large-scale artwork.
Now I have a lot of thinking to do! My first step will be to review the artwork and frames that I have in storage, then purchase or create something new if I need to.
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