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TV Feature Wall Design Ideas, Considerations & Installation Tips

TV Feature Wall Design Ideas, Considerations & Installation Tips

  1. Introduction
  2. What is a TV feature wall or media wall?
  3. Best materials for your TV wall design ideas
    1. Stone Cladding
    2. Wooden Wall Panelling
    3. Other materials
  4. TV wall design ideas
    1. Minimalist centrepiece on a wooden feature wall
    2. Blend into the background with stone cladding
    3. Create a gallery wall with paintings and pictures
    4. Combine to create a TV fireplace feature wall
    5. Modular TV unit with storage
  5. Key considerations for your feature TV wall
  6. How to install a TV feature wall
  7. Final thoughts on TV wall design
  8. Why Tile Merchant?

Introduction

Whether we like to admit it or not, one of the key features of most modern living rooms is the TV. Especially with the evolution of Smart TVs – and the integration of music, exercise, gaming and more into that one device – entertaining ourselves and our families revolves more and more around the television.

Which is exactly why TV feature walls are one of the best trends in Irish interior design right now. After all, why spend all that money on a big new telly, only for it to look awkward and ugly on your wall or mantelpiece? By building wooden wall panelling behind your TV, or refreshing the entire look of a room with faux stone cladding, your TV becomes a part of the design, rather than getting in its way.

TV Feature Wall installed in Ireland, with grey stone cladding
Feature Wall Behind TV, Grey Stone Cladding

What is a TV feature wall or media wall?

You’ll likely have heard of a ‘feature wall’ before: where a single wall in a room is painted a different colour, or designed with different textures, to the other walls around it. A TV feature wall, or media wall, follows the same idea but incorporates a television into the design.

TV feature walls can come in many different shapes, sizes and styles, but the idea at the heart of them is that they should frame your television in a way which makes its presence in your home more appealing to you: whether you want to camouflage your telly or showcase it.

Best materials for your TV wall design ideas

Modern TV wall design can incorporate really any material you like, but we’ve found that two of the most effective materials for building a TV feature wall are stone cladding and wood panelling.

Stone Cladding

The aesthetic appeal of natural stone is timeless and instantly recognisable. Modern houses are no longer built with natural stone, however, meaning that to achieve this same classic look in your home’s interior can seem impossible. Stone cladding makes the impossible possible.

Thin cut natural stone, sourced sustainably by Tile Merchant, is used to create a stunning range of stone cladding which can be easily layered over existing interior walls to give them an authentic stone look and feel.

As panelling behind TVs, stone cladding gives the eyes a richer, deeply textured backdrop to relax with, thus detracting from the attention demanded by your television’s black off-screen.

TV Feature Wall Ideas with Stone Cladding

Wooden Wall Panelling

Wood is another of those natural materials that sadly few houses are made of these days. And yet, the naturally calming effect of wood is unparalleled – there’s a reason the Japanese promote the idea of “forest-bathing”.

Tile Merchant’s wooden wall panelling is a textured wall overlay which gives any room you choose the uplifting atmosphere of a log cabin, with all the minimalist chicness of modern Scandi design. The long vertical lines of wood panelling counteracts the strong horizontal lines of a TV, thus tricking you into thinking the TV takes up less space in the room than it does.

It’s also worth mentioning that wooden panelling can act as ‘acoustic panelling’ or ‘acoustic decorative panels’, owing to its natural acoustic quality: in other words, it can help enhance your TV experience by improving sound quality for you, whilst dampening it for neighbours.

Other materials

Additionally, you could use wallpaper, paint, storage units, industrial materials like metal and concrete, or even frames and artwork to build yourself the TV feature wall of your dreams!

Stunning Wall Panel Idea for the Perfect TV Accent Wall

TV wall design ideas

There are hundreds of TV wall design ideas out there to inspire you, but here’s a quick look at a handful of our favourites.

Minimalist centrepiece on a wooden feature wall

I don’t know about you, but I use my TV a lot: for gaming, watching podcasts on YouTube, streaming my favourite shows, sometimes even listening to music. As such, I want my TV feature wall to really showcase the television.

A perfect way to do this is with a minimalist wood panel wall, with the TV positioned for perfect viewing.

My personal favourites from our range are the rich oak panelling, and the less-natural but highly-adaptable anthracite wall panelling.

Blend into the background with stone cladding

Stone cladding tends to be a darker material, and whilst our range offers a wide variety in terms of colour, shade, and tone, you can use options like our black slate or grey cladding to blend the high-contrast of your TV into its surroundings.

Whilst this doesn’t hide the TV, it does make it feel like a natural feature of the wall, and will stop it being a distraction to the eyes.

TV Feature Wall Ideas, Stone Cladding Ideas

Create a gallery wall with paintings and pictures

A gallery wall requires the careful hanging of framed pictures, photographs and artwork alongside a wall-mounted TV, to give the impression that the television is another piece of art hung in your home interior gallery.

Combine to create a TV fireplace feature wall

Since both wood panel slats and natural stone cladding can be ordered in, or cut to different sizes, you can integrate all manner of elements into a feature wall: including a fireplace. Of course, mounting a TV above your fireplace isn’t always possible or practical, but with a TV fireplace feature wall, you can adapt their position in relation to each other for maximum aesthetic and utilitarian impact.

Modular TV unit with storage

Another original TV wall idea is to frame the TV with modular storage cabinets and shelving. Not only can these hide other media devices like game consoles, they again help to blend the often-garish modern television into the feature wall. You can also use carefully-placed lighting and display objects like houseplants and curios on the units shelving to entirely change the focal point of the room.

What do you put on the wall behind a TV? Here it's an example of Wall Panelling

Key considerations for your feature TV wall

It’s important to spend some time planning your TV feature wall before you order the sample materials. Here are the key considerations you should make when dreaming up your wall design.

● Lighting and window glare: Where is the TV best placed to avoid glare from the sun and distracting reflections from interior lights?

● Viewing angle: Where will you be sitting to use the TV, and what is your optimal viewing angle? (I.e. straight ahead, off to the right, at eye-level sitting down, or standing up?)

● Surrounding wall space: Empty wall space is key to ensuring your feature wall doesn’t feel cluttered, and has the right impact.

● Stand vs. TV wall mount vs. sunken mount: Do you want your TV on a stand atop a TV cabinet, or mounted on the wall via a TV wall bracket? And, if the latter – which tends to look best with a feature wall – do you want the TV flush with the wall (i.e. sunken into it), or mounted atop it?

● Plug sockets: It can be easy to forget this side of a TV feature wall build, but it’s important to ensure you either have enough plug sockets, ethernet and USB ports available on the chosen wall to suit your needs. If you don’t, you’ll need to have an electrician fit these before you begin.

● Additional media units and consoles: Plan where to mount your TV in conjunction with other media units, speakers and consoles which you want on display – not only do they have to look good together, they also have to be close enough to connect.

How to install a TV feature wall

Installing a TV feature wall is definitely something you can do DIY, but there are elements of it which you may wish to consult professionals on, such as: cutting panelling or cladding to size, wiring electrics, mounting your TV – especially if it’s very heavy.

Both Tile Merchant natural stone cladding and our original wooden wall panelling is super easy to install. The individual slats and pieces slot together and click into place, and can be secured to your wall with heavy duty glue, like our Power Grab & Bond.

Final thoughts on TV wall design

Thanks for reading! We’ve found that our customers across Ireland are looking for ways to refresh their homes in the wake of Covid-19, and TV feature walls have been a core part of those renovations.

If you’re keen to bring a TV wall design idea to life, but aren’t quite sure where to start, why not pop into one of our showrooms in Ireland and take a look at the natural stone cladding and wooden wall panelling we have on offer?

If you can’t make it to Dublin or Meath, don’t worry! We offer a free sample service delivered to any postcode in Ireland. Shop the Tile Merchant range today and get your TV feature wall project underway!

Stone Cladding TV Feature
Wall Panelling TV Feature

Why Tile Merchant?

We offer extremely competitive pricing on our entire range of tiles and likewise. We stock a huge range of wall and floor tiles and our prices are competitive for retail and trade. Our stock is widely available in our tile stores in Dublin and Ashbourne (Co. Meath) which are open 7 days a week.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to shop our tiles online, we can supply you with samples delivered for free.


Article written by Calum

Cal Bannerman is a freelance writer, editor, podcaster and voice actor from the Scottish Borders. He runs the storytelling podcast "Stories from the Hearth" and lives in a wee Glasgow Flat with his partner and their cat".